"Danbert Nobacon … freak music legend"
- Sepiachord Nov 2009
CARNY MUSIC FOR THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY ECONOMIC DUSTBOWL Nobaconian lounge noir combines with the majesty of The Bad Things, Seattle’s finest exponents of Junkyard Cabaret.
NEW ALBUM - Woebegone by Danbert Nobacon and The Bad Things, released October 19th 2010 by Verbal Burlesque Records. Available through CD Baby, all good online outlets and independent stores.
DANBERT NOBACON, singer, songwriter, comedian, and novelist was a founding member of the anarchist punk rock band CHUMBAWAMBA. The band’s worldwide hit from the Tubthumper album (1997) gave its members first hand insights into the way mainstream media limit a culture’s ideas, from Barbara Walters’ questions about anarchism on prime time, to the way David Letterman's staff lost it because the band changed one of the choruses of their hit song to "Free Mumia Abu Jamal!"
His career has been long (thirty years), wild, and always imaginative. Not to mention mischievous and political—he famously dumped a bucket of ice water over John Prescott, the British deputy prime minister, at an awards ceremony, in London, in 1998, to protest the Blair government’s treatment of striking dockworkers. He was also arrested in Florence, Italy that year for wearing a skirt, on suspicion of being a male prostitute.
He moved to the US in 2007 and released The Library Book of the World, with Chicago band the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, on Bloodshot Records. The song Jamestown 2007 from that album appeared over the end credits of the film Repo Chick (Alex Cox 2009) in which Nobacon also has a small speaking part.
NEW BOOK - Three Dead Princes - An Anarchist Fairytale by Danbert Nobacon, illustrated by film-maker Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy). Published October 1st 2010 by Exterminating Angel Press. Available at Amazon.com or from your local independent bookstore (ask them to order it if they don't already have it)
Danbert lives, writes, sings, does a community radio show and grows food in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Twisp WA. He is currently touring the CD Woebegone and the book Three Dead Princes
"Danbert … one of the agent provocateurs in the anarcho-syndicalist collective Chumbawamba, a man of principle, poetry and passion.
Equal parts Manu Chao and Joe Strummer … Recommended."
- Culture Bunker