Chumbawamba ask New Zealand politician to stop using their music

By MediaMonkey

March 20, 2024

It was always weird seeing the mainstream embrace Chumbawamba’s song Tubthumping while ignoring the years of hard political campaigning the band had done, and it turns out people still don’t get it.

New Zealand First leader and current deputy prime minister has been using the song, and given they’ve added a ‘first’ to their name you already know they’re gonna be from a different area of the political spectrum to Chumbawamba.

In fact, the band have asked the man to stop, and asked their label to issue an official cease and desist.

The band said to BBC News:

“Chumbawamba wrote the song Tubthumping as a song of hope and positivity, so it seems entirely odd that the ‘I get knocked down…’ refrain is being used by New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters as he barks his divisive, small-minded, bigoted policies during his recent speeches.

“Chumbawamba would like to make it clear that we did not give permission for Peters to use the
song and would ask him to stop using it to try to shore up his misguided political views.

“Chumbawamba does not share any of Peters’ ideas on race relations and would like to remind him that the song was written for and about ordinary people and their resilience.

“We have asked our record company Sony to issue a cease and desist notice.”

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