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Chumbawamba formed in England in the Eighties, at a time when Duran Duran and Kajagoogoo ruled the pop charts. They decided to make up their own nonsense name, even though their songs sounded nothing like "Hungry Like the Wolf" or "Too Shy."
"Chumbawamba doesn't mean anything," they wrote on their official FAQ. "We liked the sound of Chumbawamba because it wasn't nailing ourselves down. Thatcher on Acid were a good band but it's lucky for them that Thatcher stayed in power for 11 years. If her influence had only lasted 18 months, Thatcher on Acid's sell-by date would have come and gone a lot sooner. We wanted a name which wouldn't date." Chumbawamba broke up in 2012.