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Single by Chumbawamba
from the album Tubthumper
Released 11 August 1997 (UK)
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 4:38 (album version)
3:34 (single edit)
Label EMI (UK)
Universal (U.S.)
Writer(s) Chumbawamba
Producer(s) Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba singles chronology
"Just Look at Me Now"
Alternative cover
2003 version
Music sample

"Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down)",[a] is a song released by the British anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba on 11 August 1997. It was their most successful single, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.[3] At the 1998 Brit Awards, "Tubthumping" was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single.


The term "tubthumper" is commonly used for someone, often a politician, seeming to "jump on the bandwagon" with a populist idea. The liner notes on the album Tubthumper, from which "Tubthumping" was the first single, put the song in a radical context, quoting a UK anti-road protester, Paris 1968 graffiti, details about the famous McLibel case and the short story "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".

"Tubthumping" was placed at number 12 in Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 20 Most Annoying Songs.[4] Conversely, "Tubthumping" was voted as the second-best single of 1997 on The Village Voice‍ '​s Pazz & Jop annual critics' poll, after Hanson‍ '​s "MMMBop".

The cover art for the single is based on the logo for the manufacturing company of Arm & Hammer.

The song consists of lead vocals by Dunstan Bruce and Lou Watts, and features Jude Abbott playing the trumpet.

The band has performed the song with alternative lyrics on numerous occasions. When performing on the Late Show with David Letterman, a chant of "Free Mumia Abu-Jamal" accompanied only by a drumbeat preceded the final chorus. At the 1998 BRIT Awards, the band performed the song with the added line "New Labour sold out the dockers, just like they'll sell out the rest of us" in protest at the New Labour government's refusal to support the Liverpool dockers' strike. A French version of the song was produced for the French Canadian market.

The song was played as the Flight Day 4 "wake up call" during the final Space Shuttle STS-135 mission and flight of Atlantis in July 2011 for astronaut Sandy Magnus.

The band received an offer of $1.5 million from Nike to use the song in a World Cup advertisement.[5] According to the band it took about "thirty seconds to say no."[5] They did, however, license the song to American video game company Electronic Arts for use as the opening theme of the game World Cup '98, and in television advertisements for the National Accident Helpline, a profit-making firm specialising in personal injury lawyers. It featured in the Knocked Down advertisement for the National Accident Helpline in 2012 which features the Underdog character. It was also used as a theme song for Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.[citation needed]

The album version of the song opens with a sample of a monologue performed by Pete Postlethwaite in the 1996 film Brassed Off.[6]

In 2011, the UK Independence Party used the song at a political conference to accompany the arrival of Nigel Farage. The band stated that this was a "gross misuse of a band's music", described their own reaction as "total and absolute outrage and horror", and said that UKIP was "a grubby little organisation" which was "stealing (the) song to use for their own ends".[1]

Tubthumping (Remix)[edit]

"Tubthumping (Remix)" was released in 2003 as a promotional CD by Chumbawamba on their MUTT Records label. The remixed version of the song was done by The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann. It is a slower version of the song, with a more minor key feeling to the music.

The other two songs on the CD were taken from the album Readymades and Then Some.

Track listings and formats[edit]

  1. "Tubthumping" (remix) (by The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann)
  2. "Salt Fare, North Sea" (vocal sample by Lal Waterson and Oliver Knightfrom the song "Some Old Salty")
  3. "Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name)" (vocal sample by Harry Cox from the song "The Pretty Ploughboy")
12" promo (Universal, 1997)
  1. "Tubthumping" (MAWR mix)
  2. "Tubthumping" (original album mix)
  3. "Tubthumping" (Timeshard mix)
  4. "Tubthumping" (Gunshot mix)
CD single 1 (EMI, 1997)
  1. "Tubthumping" (original recording)
  2. "Farewell to the Crown" (featuring Oysterband)
  3. "Football Song"
  4. "Tubthumping" (Butthumping mix)
  5. "Tubthumping" (Danny Boy remix)
CD single 2 (EMI, 1997)
  1. "Tubthumping" (original/Invincible mix)
  2. "Tubthumping" (Butthumping mix)
  3. "Tubthumping" (Danny Boy remix)
  4. "Tubthumping" (MAWR mix)
  5. "Tubthumping" (Timeshard mix)
  6. "Tubthumping" (Gunshot mix)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Track listings, including that of the album Tubthumper do not list the subtitle (I Get Knocked Down) in the official title, though the song is often referred through its usage.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Topping, Alexandra (9 September 2011). "Chumbawamba go Tubthumping crazy over Ukip's use of No1 hit". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ . Wenner Media http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/chumbawamba-launches-kickstarter-for-i-get-knocked-down-doc-201527. Retrieved 2015-10-13.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Rolling Stone at the Wayback Machine (archived March 31, 2014)
  5. ^ a b Klein, Naomi No Logo New York. Picador. 2000. pg 301
  6. ^ Vallance, Tom (4 January 2011). "Pete Postlethwaite: Distinctive, prolific actor, acclaimed by Spielberg as 'the best in the world'". The Independent. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Tubthumping in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tubthumping in Canadian Rock/Alternative Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Musicline.de – Chumbawamba Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Tubthumping in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 4 June 2013.  Only one result when searching "Chumbawamba" or "Tubthumping"
  16. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1997 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
    13. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba [#1, 1997/98]
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Chumbawamba search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping". VG-lista. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  22. ^ "Chumbawamba". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Chumbawamba – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Chumbawamba. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  24. ^ "Chumbawamba – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Chumbawamba. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  25. ^ "Chumbawamba – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Chumbawamba. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Chumbawamba – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Chumbawamba. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  27. ^ Aria.com
  28. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 66, No. 15, December 15, 1997". RPM. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  30. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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