The decision of the far-right Euro-phobic United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) to adopt Chumbawamba’s ‘number one’ hit Tubthumbing as one of the theme songs for its 2011 annual conference has been roundly denounced by former members of the band.
Speaking to The Guardian, Dunstan Bruce described his:
“total and absolute outrage and horror […] This song being used by Ukip is so wrong. I am absolutely appalled that this grubby little organisation are stealing our song to use for their own ends. It’s beyond the pale and if they use it again we will consider legal action.”
Alice Nutter added:
“If ever there was gross misuse of a band’s music this is it […] As a former member of Chumbawamba, I would like it to go on record that we do not support either Nigel Farrage or Ukip. In fact we would go further and say that Nigel Farrage is an arse, his party is mainly made up of bigots and its policies are racist.”
The Guardian reports that a spokesman for UKIP suggested that: “if the band were unhappy with the use of the song, the party would not use it again.”