| Late 2009|
1 March 2010
| 1 March 2010 (2010-03-01)|
Folk music, Pop music, Anarcho-punk
The Boy Bands Have Won, Swingin' with Raymond, Pictures of Starving Children, A Singsong and a Scrap, Never Mind the Ballots
ABCDEFG is the 14th and final studio album by Chumbawamba. It was officially released on 1 March 2010, but copies ordered from the band's website arrived the week before.
ABCDEFG continues the five person line up of Lou Watts, Jude Abbott, Neil Ferguson, Boff Whalley and Phil 'Ron' Moody. The album's lyrical content focuses mainly on themes to do with music and singing.
"Wagner at the Opera" refers to a concentration camp survivor who disrupted a Wagner recital by swinging a football rattle.
"Torturing James Hetfield" is a response to James Hetfield's approval of the use of Metallica's music as a torture device against Iraqi prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The song was described as depicting a "wonderful image" by Stefan Appleby in BBC Review. Boff Whalley listed the song as one of his favourites in July 2011.
All tracks written by Chumbawamba except where noted.Chumbawamba: Neil Ferguson, Lou Watts, Boff Whalley, Jude Abbott & Phil Moody
Ray 'Chopper' Cooper – cello on 3, 5 & 7, harmonica on 12
Jon Boden – fiddle on 2, 7 & 12
Belinda O'Hooley – piano on 3, 6 & 7, backing vocals on 3
Heidi Tidow – backing vocals on 3
Harry Hamer – cajon on 2, 7 & 15
Jo Freya – Saxophone on 10, 15 & 17
'Dance, Idiot, Dance' performed by "the massed No Masters Co-operativists" with Lester Simpson on lead vocals
Brass by Charlie Cake Marching Band, arr. Jude Abbott
Strings by Whingate Ensemble, arr. Neil Ferguson
1Introduction1:02ABCDEFG (album) Wikipedia
2Voices - That's All3:31