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What You See Is What You Get ( WYSIWYG ) [CD]

ChumbawambaAudio CD
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1986, while the rest of the music industry was clawing out each others' eyes to appear on Live Aid and trying to work out how many units starvation could sell, CHUMBAWAMBA released the aptly titled LIVE AID critique: PICTURES OF STARVING CHILDREN SELL RECORDS. The band were labelled "heartless bastards" and the hate/hate relationship with the music industry was launched. ... Read more in Amazon's Chumbawamba Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal Records
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004S88I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,789 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another accomplishment from Chumbawamba April 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If the only song you have ever heard by Chumbawamba is Tubthumpinng, and if you think the name of that song is actually "I Get Knocked Down", then this album is NOT for you. If you bought the Tubthumper album and hated it, then why the heck are you reading this review?
If you are still here, that must mean you know a little someething about Chumbawamba. This album is pretty typical of previous albums, though Chumba fans will tell you that no two albums are really all that similar. WYSIWYG is a blend of Brit pop and punk, with the occasional violin throw in for good measure. Most of the tracks are 2 minutes or less (enhancing the punk feel of brief songs), and the album plays almost like one continuous shifting tune rather than 22 individual ones. "She's Got All the Friends" is the most Tubthumper-esque song, which explains why it's supposed to be the new US radio hit.
Overall, it's a good album, worthy of a purchase if you're a true fan. It ranks up there with "Anarchy" and "Shhh", but is truly in a class by itself. However, I know for a fact that Tubthumper was not a huge hit in this country and I doubt that WYSISYG will fare much better. That's just because this nation thinks Korn and Limp Bizkit or N'Sync and Britney Spears are the only "listenable" forms of music.
Regardless, true Chumba fans, no matter where in the world you are, will dig this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chumbawamba's best since the '80s... June 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Although many casual radio listeners have written off Chumbawamba as one-hit wonder now that the anarchist ensemble's "Tubthumping" has started to fade from airwaves, movie trailers, and sports highlights clips, long-time fans might recall that the group's artistic apex came more than a decade ago. On albums such as Pictures of Starving Children Sell Millions and Never Mind The Ballots, Chumbawamba combined Crass' art-punk and radical discourse with Peter, Paul, and Mary-style harmonies. Later, the group replaced high-speed drum beats with mellow programmed dance rhythms, and while some cried "Judas" and abandoned it immediately, others decided to wait to see where Chumbawamba was heading with this seeming concession to the mainstream. In interviews, various members of the group explained that they were looking to reach a wider audience, to bring its political ideology into the Walkmans of mall-shopping pop fans rather than continuing to preach to the converted at packed punk clubs. The plan succeeded, as its latest album went multi-platinum while inspiring television shows and magazines to offer its members a forum to share their beliefs. However, with the group's follow-up WYSIWYG, the question becomes: Is anyone still listening? If not, it's their loss. WYSIWYG is an amazing collection of 22 compact tunes that pair caustic commentary and cheery music in a manner reminiscent of The Smiths. The album's first single, "She's Got All The Friends," sees the band unloading on an easy target (popular rich girls), but its abundant pop hooks and ingenious doo-wop interlude make it easy to forget the tune's relatively uncreative subject matter. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Insurgent Mojo April 5, 2000
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With it's chorus of "I get knocked down/but I get up again," Chumbawamba's smash hit "Tubthumping," birthed from the album of the same name, was utilized across the spectrum in 1997 - from sporting events to political rallies, championing the spirit of the underdog every step of the way. It's a shame that not everybody was able to get past the fervor of those ten syllables and savor the tune for what it really was - a spirited ode to a drunken night at an English pub. After all, the rest of that album's cheerful pop was merely an innocuous façade (albeit ho-hum) for the lyrical volleys of an octet of self-described anarchists. The band's new album, "WYSIWYG" (an abbreviated "What You See is What You Get"), is a slightly more successful attempt at marrying pop music conventions with pop culture observations, if only because the oft snickerable diatribes are laced with a bit more lounge-savvy shtick. It's a combo that works well when reflecting on the "white boy bands" of "I'm With Stupid" ("Everything is bland/until the singer gets a habit") or the Happy Meal-lifestyles of "I'm in Trouble Again." Despite coming stocked with the song title of the year ("The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Jerry Springer"), the album's second half is a bit tedious, as the social barbs tend to be better cooked than the musical stylings (see "Jesus in Vegas"), which often come served with the panache of a Denny's side-dish. Still, "WYSIWYG" brims with enough insurgent mojo to keep Chumbawamba from being written off as one-hit wonders just yet - but VH1 is knocking, mind you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chumbawamba goes all out and comes out exceptional April 10, 2000
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From the boy-band skewering "I'm With Stupid" tobegin Chumbawamba's latest effort, to the 21 tracks thereafter, youKNOW this band is evolving and isn't pulling any punches. Even with "She's Got All The Friends" sounding very evocative of "Tubthumper", the album and that song in particular still hold their own very well. Such irreverence makes for some of the best music in ages. I challenge you not to feel the burning acidity against Microsoft in "Where do you want to go today? Somewhere you can never take me" from the track "Pass It Along". The talented lads (and lasses) from Leeds just decided to mix subtlety along with the "club you over the head" messages. The aforementioned "She's Got All The Friends" files as an excellent entry in the latter category. And who can't get hooked on the mad-violin backed "I'm Coming Out" or the unescapably catchy "Smart Bomb"?. And just the title "The Impossibility of Death In the Mind Of Jerry Springer" bears even a casual listen. Another point to note, not all of the 22 file under what most would call "songs"......yet one such short interlude "Knickers", warning "There's a hole in your knickers, dear Calvin", though a very short statement, invites oodles upon oodles of metaphorical comparisons. Definitely not a detractor, if anything, a strong point. I beg you, dear not expect an album full of "Tubthumper" clones. But DO expect an exceptional album worth all the praise it may receive. An excellent buy, fully worth your money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm coming out with a smart bomb pass it along stupid!
This isn't as good as Tubthumper but it's got a few songs I quite enjoy on it.
Honestly though most of it sounds the same and quite a bit is short and what I like to consider... Read more
Published 21 days ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Chmbawamba is still relevant
I liked this album for several reasons, the songs are catchy, with an interesting combination of styles bended to make music that the mainstream is significantly lesser for not... Read more
Published 21 months ago by TKG
5.0 out of 5 stars Chumbawamba Goes Snap, Crackle, Pop!
Much has been written in the popular media about Chumbawamba being "one hit wonders" after the success of Tubthumping but of course that only shows that those reviewers simply... Read more
Published 23 months ago by E. Nickel
4.0 out of 5 stars majestic turn of the century answer to 60s zappa
This album makes me think of Zappa's We're Only In It For The Money.

Less unsettling and a bit more pat and one-sided in its skewering, but of the same ilk... Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Stephen Constantelos
5.0 out of 5 stars What You See Is What You Get and its songs
the WYSIWYG sessions from Chumbawamba are probably one of the best albums out there to listen to. it features just about every type of music genre placed throughout the album and... Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by G. N. Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Chumbawamba's best CD
I have all of Chumbawamba's CDs, and I think this is my favorite of them all (although their overall body of work is consistently strong with no real weak links). Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Mogulmeister
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tunes, powerful messages
Enough to turn most anybody into an anarchist, if only for 70 mins.
Published on December 25, 2006 by Doc Awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars .
Five years after my brother bought this, I pulled it out again. Its pretty entertaining.
Published on April 11, 2006 by Matthew Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
I don't know how Chumbawamba can be considered a 1-hit wonder. They have done many songs that could and should be hit songs. Read more
Published on February 16, 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, but pretty good.
Like a lot of people, I thought this band was a one hit wonder; that hit being the "drinking song" from Tubthumper. Read more
Published on March 7, 2003 by H. A Huffman
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