Thursday, December 13, 2012

Great Drinking Songs (39)

Mention of Chumbawamba last week prompted me to play the whole of their Tubthumping album - one of the greatest, if not the greatest of the '90s - all the way through for the first time in quite a while, and I was bowled over by it afresh. It is amazingly good from beginning to end; the enormous titular hit was about the weakest thing on it.

This, Scapegoat, the track that ends the album, is my personal favourite. Not the best song (that's probably Drip, Drip, Drip or Good Ship Lifestyle), but it's got such energy about it, it's an irresistible singalong. And I tend to think of this as my No. 1 'China song' - rather too painfully apposite for a country in which buck-passing is a national pastime. [This looks like a fan video; a crude compilation of video clips, mostly of unfortunate mishaps. Mildly amusing. And at least it's a good quality sound recording. There don't seem to be any live performance videos of this.]

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