Chumbawamba Knock Down Jeremy Clarkson

13 January 2023 | 8:53 am | Mary Varvaris

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Chumbawumba, known for their hit Tubthumping, which features the unforgettable lyrics "He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink" and "I get knocked down, I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down," get featured in sporting events and episodes of Love Island UK, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Billions and more (via TuneFind).

However, they've turned down TV presenter and columnist Jeremy Clarkson from using the song, claiming that a member of Clarkson's team approached them.

Ex-member Boff Whalley tweeted, "So anyway today we turned down £30,000 for our song to be used for a trailer for Jeremy Clarkson’s new TV series. I can’t tell you how much satisfaction that gave us."

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Chumbawumba's refusal comes after recent events: Clarkson came under fire a few weeks ago after writing a controversial article about Meghan Markle for UK newspaper The Sun. Citing Game Of Thrones, the popular broadcaster wrote, "dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, ‘Shame!’ and throw lumps of excrement at her."

The popular broadcaster has since apologised on Twitter, where he said, "Oh dear. I’ve rather put my foot in it. In a column I wrote about Meghan, I made a clumsy reference to a scene in Game of Thrones and this has gone down badly with a great many people." 

A few years ago, Chumbawumba blasted Australian mining magnate/politician Clive Palmer for using their classic track, Tubthumping, in a YouTube video

According to The Guardian, the British outfit called out Palmer for a video that featured himself and a group of men singing the lyrics from the 1997-released track. 

In a statement, Chumbawamba demanded the video be taken down and called Palmer a "Donald Trump-lite egomaniac" and "a ridiculous narcissist". 

"Tubthumping is a song written to champion the resilience of working people, not to further a billionaire’s political ambitions," the statement reads.