About Amnesia

"Amnesia" is the second single from Chumbawamba's album Tubthumper, released in 1998. The song's lyrics address the sense of betrayal that English leftists felt during the rise of New Labour. The song was met with favorable reception from critics, who regarded the song as a highlight from Tubthumper. The song was a top-ten hit in Canada and the United Kingdom, giving the group their final top-twenty entries in both countries. The song also reached number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, becoming the group's final US chart entry. An accompanying music video was also released. 


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Goodbye to the summer 
Sold down the river 
Unhappy ever after 
Well did you ever? 
Did you ever reach for the 
Glued down penny? 
Same old joke and it's not funny 
Burns are red bruises blue 
Out with the old cheated by the new 
Do you suffer from long term 
Memory loss? 
I don't remember
You sing the same old verse 
Stick like glue for better or worse 
What goes around comes around 
Again again again 
This heart pulled apart 
Hydra fighting head to head 
Burns are red bruises blue 
Out with the old cheated by the new 
Do you suffer from long-term 
memory loss? 
I don't remember.
Do you suffer from long-term 
Memory loss? 
I don't remember.

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Chumbawamba were a British alternative music band that had, over a career spanning three decades, played anarcho-punk, pop-influenced music, world music, and folk music. The band's anarchist politics exhibit an irreverent attitude toward authority, and the band has been forthright in its stances on issues including animal rights, pacifism (early in their career) and later regarding class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture and anti-fascism. more »

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10 facts about this song

"Amnesia" is a song by the British band, Chumbawamba. The band stepped into the music industry in the early 1980s and gained recognition for its punk rock ethos and anarchist sentiments.
Album Release
"Amnesia" is from Chumbawamba's eighth studio album, titled "Tubthumper". The album was commercially released in 1997 and achieved significant success.
Although Chumbawamba is recognized for their punk rock and anarcho-punk origins, "Amnesia" reflects elements of alternative rock and pop, marking a shift in their musical style.
Chart Performance
Upon release, "Amnesia" was a commercial success. It reached No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1998, making it their second top-10 hit in the UK after "Tubthumping".
Radio Ban
Surprisingly, "Amnesia" was temporarily banned from being played on BBC Radio 1, which deemed the political content of the song as inappropriate for broadcast during the 1997 general election period in the UK.
Political Themes
Reflecting Chumbawamba's anarchist ideology, "Amnesia" criticizes New Labour and then-prime minister, Tony Blair for straying away from their socialist roots.
The song stirred controversy upon its release due to its political undertones. In response to criticism, the band maintained that the song was a commentary, not an endorsement of any political party.
Music Video
The music video for "Amnesia" incorporates surreal elements and abstract visuals. It features an anthropomorphic rat, which is said to represent political leaders.
Despite the controversial nature of the song, "Amnesia" remains one of Chumbawamba’s most popular songs to date, showcasing the band's ability to blend catchy pop melodies with politically charged lyrics.
Live Performances
Chumbawamba performed "Amnesia" on various shows and platforms across the world. Notably, they performed the song live on the late-night talk show "Conan O'Brien", bringing their anarchist sentiments to mainstream American television.

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