Sonntag, 17. September 2023

Chumbawamba – English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (1988)

When Chumbawamba recorded the first version of "English Rebel Songs 1391-1914" in 1988, it was a very unusual step for a band of anarcho-punks. After all, a bunch of unaccompanied traditional folk songs was in direct contrast to the loud noise of electric music.

But the album spoke very eloquently, showing the band was committed to learning - and disseminating teaching - from history. And the singing was far better than anyone expected. Fifteen years on, they've learned a lot more about their voices, about music, and about the world. Additionally, the use of folk samples on "Readymades" has increased their folk credibility (which should never have been in doubt in the first place). And the songs remain utterly relevant - anthems of the downtrodden and oppressed through the ages, from the 14th century to today and the miners' strike of 1984.

The songs actually range from real folk pieces, like "The Cutty Wren" with its potent political symbolism, to music hall ("Idris Strike Song") and the cynical marching pieces of soldiers ("Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire").


"The Cutty Wren (Part 1)"
"The Diggers Song"
"Colliers March"
"The Triumph of General Ludd"
"Chartist Anthem"
"Song on the Times"
"Smashing of the Van"
"The World Turned Upside Down"
"Poverty Knock"
"Idris Strike Song"
"Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire"
"The Cutty Wren (Part 2)"

(320 kbps, cover art included)

3 Kommentare:

swappers hat gesagt…

Thanks Zero G. Perhaps the only Chumbawamba album I didn’t have so this is appreciated

Anonym hat gesagt…

I didn't know that this existed. Thank you.

zero hat gesagt…

You are both very welcome!

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