An interesting documentary about Chumbawamba’s rise to pop star status.
“A potted and often hilarious history of Chumbawamba. Footage and interviews from the last two decades retrace the early days of communal living and involvement in the miners’ strike of 84-85, their survival through the Thatcher years and a barrage of bad press, surfacing in the nineties wiser but unrepentant. This is the unlikely tale of a band who spent more time shoplifting than jamming and somehow managed to scrape a living from making radical music in a conservative culture. As A&R men reminisce about the band refusing to accept anything but the money from the record company, Chumbawamba emerge as a groupof anarchist pranksters who are both loved and loathed in equal measures With an uncanny knack of upsetting people and ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ they surprised themselves and the rest of the world by selling 5 million albums in America. Tagged ‘One Hit Wonders’ they ensured they’d never be invited to another award ceremony again by dousing the Deputy Prime Minisster at the Brit Awards in 1998. This is an ongoing punk saga in an age of manufactured bands. Audience Award for Favourite Documentary at Leeds International Film Festival 2000.”