Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records

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Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records
Studio album by Chumbawamba
Released 1986
Recorded August 1986
Length 33:04
Label Agit-Prop Records (UK)
Southern Records (US)
Chumbawamba chronology
Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records
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Professional ratings
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AllMusic4.5/5 stars link

Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records is the debut studio album by British band Chumbawamba, released in 1986 on Agit-Prop Records. It was released as criticism to Live Aid, which was a rock festival held in aid of charity efforts in Africa.[1]

The sound of Danbert Nobacon vomiting into a toilet was apparently the first thing that sound engineer Neil Ferguson (who later joined the band) recorded for the band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Chumbawamba.[2]

  1. "How to Get Your Band on Television" - 8:23 (also listed in two parts as "Prelude" and "Slag Aid")
  2. "British Colonialism and the BBC" - 2:51
  3. "Commercial Break" - 1:02
  4. "Unilever" - 4:23
  5. "More Whitewashing" - 3:43
  6. "An Interlude: Beginning to Take It Back" - 2:41
  7. "Dutiful Servants and Political Masters" - 2:15
  8. "Coca-Colanisation" - 0:54
  9. "...And in a Nutshell" - 2:13
  10. "Invasion" - 5:07

Track details[edit]

"How to Get Your Band on Television" critiques Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Cliff Richard's self-promotional techniques, such as Queen's playing in apartheid South Africa. Following a slew of Live Aid-style promotions, sequels and events and the death of Mercury, it was re-written in the 1990s as "Slag Aid", retaining most of the original lyrics. The version of it released on the live album "Showbusiness!" also references McCartney, but adds Axl Rose, Michael Jackson and Johnny Rotten as more modern examples.[1]


Band Members

Additional Personnel

  • Simon "Commonknowledge" Lanzon - keyboards, accordion, vocals
  • Neil Ferguson - engineer


  1. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Album Review". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Album overview". Discogs. Retrieved 3 March 2017.