Originally titled HONEY IN THE ROCK and later renamed for its hit song (Daniels's first chart entry), UNEASY RIDER is the third Charlie Daniels album, but the first to put his name on the map. In addition to his previous southern-rock-meets-Western-swing sound, the album includes a significant R&B influence, making for an intriguing country-funk style. The title track's talking blues is particularly significant for espousing a hippie/counterculture perspective on the part of a man who'd later become known for championing more conservative values.
Recorded in 2005 and orderable only in advance from the Chumbawamba website, to be delivered upon the death of Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher died on Monday, 8th April 2013 and the CDs were mailed out the same day. Chumbawamba fans have received the Margaret Thatcher EP In Memoriam four years after pre-ordering the record. Fans first put in their orders after the alternative band from Burnley, best known for their 1997 hit “Tubthumping”, announced online in April 2009 that the memorial disk was “already recorded, pressed and ready to go”. Out of press and sale!
…Ein einzigartiger Leichen-, Augen- und Ohrenschmaus, den man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte. Eine gelungene Abschiedsparty mit allen bekannten Songs der Band, einschließlich "Tubthumping", der satirischen Facebook-Nutzer-Hymne "Add Me" oder der Metallica-Folterfantasie "Torturing James Hetfield".
From agit-prop punks, through anarchic dance music, to settling into rebel folkies, Chumbawamba have maintained a political stance of anti-capitalism and rebellion, with a willingness to stick two fingers up at anyone they disapprove of. So the current Government is just too easy a target (shooting fish in a barrel, anyone?). (…) Throughout the music is wonderful – a lovely pastiche of the music hall tradition with folk tinges. But it’s the words it hinges on. As such, this is a curate’s egg – parts of it are excellent.
…Showbusiness, taken from a show at Leeds' Duchess of York Club in 1994, remains a well-packaged collection of live songs with decent sound - the sleevenotes provide an exhaustive (and funny) history of the group, and the performance itself features Harry's father Jimmy Echo providing karaoke backing vocals. (…) The album was issued in America as the For A Free Humanity: For Anarchy double CD – a coupling of Showbusiness alongside Noam Chomsky's Capital Rules.