IN THE LATEST legal action by the guardians of Chumbawamba’s publishing rights, a nationalist Australian political comeback wannabe has been told he cannot use the band’s hit song Tubthumbing in his electoral campaign.
Mining magnate Clive Palmer used material from the song in a number of different social media and print media contexts, including a poor quality rendition of part of the song in a (now deleted) YouTube video. The “rendition was ‘badly sung’ with a ‘bunch of embarrassed “workers” who clearly don’t know the words,” said a statement from the band. A toe-curling clip of the ‘performance’ was still available on Palmer’s Twitter feed at the time of writing.
The statement dismisses Palmer as “a ridiculous narcissist” with repellent views “on climate change, immigration and abortion”.
“Tubthumping is a song written to champion the resilience of working people, not to further a billionaire’s political ambitions,” the statement continues.
The band’s representatives are threatening legal action if Palmer does not comply with the cease-and-desist instruction.
A spokesman for the Palmer’s “Let’s Make Australia Great Again” United Australia Party acknowledged: “This is issue is being dealt with by the lawyers, therefore I don’t have any further information for you at this stage.”
Naaman Zhou. 2018. ‘Chumbawamba knock down “Trump-lite” Clive Palmer over song use’. The Guardian, 31 August. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/31/chumbawumba-knock-down-trump-lite-clive-palmer-over-song-use.