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Son Inspired Music Reviews - Kaiser Chiefs

Updated on July 26, 2012

Kaiser Chiefs, is a band I stumbled upon by playing their song, "Ruby" on Guitar Hero. Granted, I played the song on EASY, using only three buttons... maybe a million times. I even started singing to the song like a teenage schoolgirl. Good thing that they don't have it on Rock Band as butchering "Creep" by Radiohead is probably more than my family should have to withstand. Speaking of Radiohead - and along side them, Kaiser Chiefs create some of the best music videos in the business. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of this review, and click on VIDEO from the Kaiser Chiefs website to get a collection of their videos in blazing high definition. What I like about their videos, is the mix of Peter Gabrielle like special effects combined with the band members themselves.

Kaiser Chiefs are a relative unknown in the United States and surprisingly less popular in the UK, where they hail from, than I would expect. Not that they aren't popular, I just would think they'd be more popular. But that's the Brits for ya. Beyond their #1 hit "Ruby", they've only managed a smattering of Top 20 hits on the UK charts. The band consists of childhood chums, Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines and Simon Rix who all attended the same school, meeting there at age 11. Andrew White and Ricky Wilson, who are also from the Leeds area, round out the band. After some of the members found minor success under the name of Parva, the band reformed with a their new name, Kaiser Chiefs, in 2004. Under the B-Unique Records label, they released their first album "Employment" which was well received. It contained the catchy hits, "Oh My God", "I Predict A Riot", "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" and "Modern Way".

Their 2007 followup album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob", contained their biggest single to date "Ruby" as well as "Everything is Average Nowadays" and a song I like more than the public - based on chart success at least - "Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)". Completely overlooked and my absolute favorite Kaiser Chiefs song (also on the "Angry Mob" album), is "I Can Do It Without You". The song claims, "I can do it I can do it I can do it I can do it without you!" but then adds, "it wouldn't be very good." "Angry Mob", reached the #1 spot on the UK album charts, one higher than "Employment" had peaked at in 2005. It also received more notice than their first effort in the United States, reaching 45 on the US charts.

Kaiser Chiefs is a great band with impressive videos and an excellent website to boot. Their lyrics are clever and relevant and matched with a uniquely Kaiser Chiefs sound which is part punk, pop and rock. I've not had a chance to see them live but based upon the live videos and audience reactions, they don't seem to disappoint outside of the studio. Their latest album, 2008's "Off With Their Heads" contains the hit songs "Never Miss A Beat" and "Good Days Bad Days". It seems consistent with the first two albums, which is good because I wanted some more of the Kaiser sound I'd grown accustomed to. The single, "Good Days Bad Days" delivers as a fun toe tapping video, as well. Although, my favorite song and possibly my favorite video, is the overlooked "You Want History" - but maybe not as "Never Miss A Beat" is wonderfully incredible. So hard to pick a favorite.

Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby


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    • JBeadle profile imageAUTHOR

      J Beadle 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Good Days and Bad Days...

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      J Beadle 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Ruby ruby ruby ruby!


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