WYSIWYG by Chumbawamba
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Chumbawamba became a household name in 1997 with the success of the working-class salute "Tubthumping," introducing the world to the Leeds, England-based band and their communal-living ethics. The follow-up, WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
, lacks a muscular mug-swinging anthem to rival its predecessor
, but it still delivers repeated potshots to plenty of politically incorrect high-profilers. While their 1986 debut, Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records
, stampeded out of the gate pointing an accusatory finger at alleged Live Aid bandwagon jumpers, their stance on WYSIWYG
seems far more tame. There is no lack of evil in the year 2000, but jabbing at everything from technology monoliths to the fashion world to Jerry Springer hardly raises an eyebrow. Even their mockery of Christianity ("Jesus in Vegas") seems passé. Regardless, the absence of heavy-handedness makes for a respectable collection of socially minded pop vignettes, perfect for those who enjoy their antiestablishment rhetoric served up with a snicker rather than a scream. --Beth Massa