Tom Lanham
October 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Tubthumper

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Republic, Universal

We gave it an B+

U.K. ensemble Chumbawamba have mastered the fist-in-velvet-glove sucker punch. Any weapon is fair game: jungle, synth-pop, hip-hop — even faux madrigals. For instance, their big bruiser of an anthem, ”Tubthumping” (the ”I get knocked down/But I get up again” radio mainstay), achieves the near impossible: It rallies the lager-lout rabble while simultaneously deriding it. Social commentary never tasted so sweet. B+

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