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Kaiser Chiefs

Specializing in a melodic blend of classic Brit-pop, post-punk, and new wave, Kaiser Chiefs' early blue-collar, pub-style take on indie rock managed to split the difference between timely and nostalgic. Comprising vocalist Ricky Wilson, guitarist Andrew White, bassist Simon Rix, keyboardist Nick Baines, and drummer Nick Hodgson, Kaiser Chiefs resurrected the mod spirit of the Jam in "I Predict a Riot," a supercharged class-of-1977 power pop single that quickly electrified the British press when it was released in 2004. The song was inspired by Wilson's days as a club DJ in Leeds, England, where the group was formed. The single and Kaiser Chiefs' pogo-inducing, boot-stomping live performances had them pegged as rising stars in the neo-new wave revolution with Franz Ferdinand, Dogs Die in Hot Cars, and the Futureheads. When Kaiser Chiefs' first 7", "Oh My God," reached number 66 on the U.K. charts -- a startling achievement for an unsigned band -- doors opened for the group to share the stage with larger acts, consequently grabbing the attention of A&R scouts who wanted to sign them. "I Predict a Riot," on the other hand, reeled in U.S. modern rock radio programmers caught in a blooming new wave revival. Without an American label deal, Kaiser Chiefs (named after the South African football team) crash-landed on some of the biggest U.S. alternative stations with the "I Predict a Riot" import single in late 2004. That same year they recorded their debut album, Employment, for the U.K. label B-Unique. The album was released domestically in the U.S. in spring 2005. The group's follow-up, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, arrived in the spring of 2007. The album featured one of their biggest hits, "Ruby." The next year, they expanded their lad-rock sound with Off with Their Heads. Featuring guest appearances by U.K. grime rapper Sway, composer David Arnold, production by Mark Ronson, and Lily Allen, who returned the love after her cover of Kaiser's "Oh My God" appeared on Ronson's covers project, Version. For their next project, the band opted for an unconventional release method. U.K. fans who pre-ordered the album were able to choose ten of 23 songs for the track listing of their own personalized version of the album, as well as personalized artwork. For everyone else, the final version of The Future Is Medieval was released for mass consumption in the U.K. in 2011. In the United States, four of the tracks -- "Out of Focus," "Long Way from Celebrating," "Dead or in Serious Trouble," and "Coming Up for Air" -- were swapped out for "On the Run," "Cousin in the Bronx," "Problem Solved," and "Can't Mind My Own Business" for the renamed 2012 version, Start the Revolution Without Me. That summer, following tours of the United Kingdom and North America, Kaiser Chiefs treated fans to Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012, a definitive compilation of releases from a highly eventful eight-year period for the band. At the end of the year, Hodgson amicably parted ways with the band, his spot behind the kit filled in by Vijay Mistry. This was followed by the news that Ricky Wilson would be appearing in the touring stage show of Jeff Wayne's epic War of the Worlds in late 2012, playing the part of The Artillery Man, originally portrayed by David Essex. The year 2014 saw the release of Education, Education, Education & War, the band's fifth studio album and first to feature new drummer Mistry. The Kaisers returned in the summer of 2016 with a brand new sound on the electronic dance-pop track "Parachute," the first single from their sixth album, Stay Together. Produced by Brian Higgins (Girls Aloud) and mixed by Serban Ghenea (Rihanna, Taylor Swift), Stay Together also included appearances by MNEK and One Direction songwriter Wayne Hector. ~ Michael Sutton & Neil Z. Yeung
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Albums by
Kaiser Chiefs

Top Songs by
Kaiser Chiefs

  1.   Song
  2.   Ruby
  3.   I Predict a Riot
  4.   Oh My God
  5.   Never Miss a Beat
  6.   Na Na Na Na Naa
  7.   On the Run
  8.   Everyday I Love You Less and Less
  9.   Everything Is Average Nowadays
  10.   Good Days Bad Days
  11.   Parachute
  12.   Caroline, Yes
  13.   Modern Way
  14.   The Angry Mob
  15.   Saturday Night
  16.   Boxing Champ
  17.   Indoor Firework
  18.   What Did I Ever Give You?
  19.   Still Waiting
  20.   Good Clean Fun
  21.   Falling Awake
  22.   Ruffians on Parade
  23.   Coming Home
  24.   Child of the Jago
  25.   Learnt My Lesson Well
  26.   Kinda Girl You Are
  27.   Retirement
  28.   Hole in My Soul
  29.   Listen To Your Head
  30.   Things Change
  31.   Heard It Break
  32.   Addicted to Drugs
  33.   Flowers In The Rain
  34.   My Kind of Guy
  35.   Try Your Best
  36.   Highroyds
  37.   Born to Be a Dancer
  38.   Happen in a Heartbeat
  39.   Press Rewind
  40.   We Stay Together
  41.   My Life
  42.   Meanwhile Up in Heaven
  43.   The Factory Gates
  44.   Bows & Arrows
  45.   Starts With Nothing
  46.   Remember You're a Girl
  47.   Half the Truth
  48.   Tomato in the Rain
  49.   Can't Say What I Mean
  50.   You Want History
  51.   Spanish Metal
  52.   Thank You Very Much
  53.   I Can Do It Without You
  54.   Heat Dies Down
  55.   Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)
  56.   Team Mate
  57.   Time Honoured Tradition
  58.   Why Do You Do It to Me?
  59.   You Can Have It All
  60.   Cannons
  61.   One More Last Song
  62.   Misery Company
  63.   Can't Mind My Own Buisness
  64.   Problem Solved
  65.   Cousin in the Bronx
  66.   When All Is Quiet
  67.   Man on Mars
  68.   Always Happens Like That
  69.   Like It Too Much
  70.   Sunday Morning
  71.   Roses
  72.   High Society

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