Tony Blair (song)

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"Tony Blair"
Chumbawamba tony.jpeg
Single by Chumbawamba
Released December 1999
Recorded 1999 at Woodlands Studio, Castleford, UK
Genre Doo-wop
Length 3:05
Writer(s) Chumbawamba
Producer(s) Chumbawamba & Neil Ferguson
Chumbawamba singles chronology
"Top of the World (Ole, Ole, Ole)"
"Tony Blair"
"She's Got All the Friends That Money Can Buy"

"Tony Blair" is a single by Chumbawamba which was made available exclusively to the UK mailing list as a Christmas present in 1999.[1]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The song is an attack on then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, performed in a 1950s doo-wop style. The lyrics read like a heartbroken letter to an ex-lover who had broken all his promises.

Single art[edit]

The cover art pays tribute to the iconic artwork of Elvis Presley's debut album, which was also referenced by The Clash's London Calling album cover.


Rupert Perry, the head of EMI Records UK at the time, was reportedly very displeased with the band for issuing the single, and sent them a letter which included the statement "I actually think Tony is really fab".[2] All copies of the CD in EMI offices were later confiscated.[3] The song can be downloaded in mp3 format from the band's website.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tony Blair" 3:05


  1. ^ "Back Catalogue". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Chumbawamba Interview". Atomicduster. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Chumbawamba". Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

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