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The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother’s Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where it Becomes Your Own. But Don’t Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to ‘Guard’ Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing it the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing that You Can Do to Music that Will Damage it is Not Change it, Not Make it Your Own. Because Then it Dies, Then it’s Over, Then it’s Done and The Boy Bands Have Won (No Masters, 2008)

Yes, all those 158 words is the album name from British alternative rock band Chumbawamba for their 13th studio album. (Most outlets shorten the title to “The Boy Bands Have Won.”) As of August 2009, the album holds the record as the longest album title. And, yes, this is the band Chumbawamba that was responsible for the 1997 hit Tubthumping off their album Tubthumper. The Boy Bands Have Won contained 25 tracks. Some were full-length songs, some were no more than a minute long and the style of the album was politically and socially aware acoustic folk.

Chumbawamba released one final album, ABCDEFG in 2010, before breaking up in 2012. Don’t feel bad; Chumbawamba formed in 1982 so they had a good long run.

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