Kaiser Chiefs

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"Take a look, take a look, take a look
At the kids on the street, no, they never miss a beat
No, they never miss a beat, never miss a beat

Never miss a beat, beat, beat, beat"
Never Miss a Beat

Kaiser Chiefs are an indie rock band from Leeds, England, formed in 1996 as Runston Parva, then changed to just Parva; however, after their record deal fell apart with a single album due to the label's closure, they decided to start from scratch and rechristened themselves with their current name, with which they would achieve international success.

Their sound draws much inspiration from New Wave and post-punk, while adding touches of other styles of rock along the way.

The band is comprised of: Ricky Wilson (vocals), Andrew White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), Nick Hodgson (drums) and Nick Baines (keyboard).

  • 22 (2003, as Parva)
  • Employment (2005)
  • Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007)
  • Off With Their Heads (2008)
  • The Future is Medieval (2011)
    • Start the Revolution Without Me (USA, 2012)

Kaiser Chiefs provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Break Up Song: "Everyday I Love You Less and Less".
  • Chorus-Only Song: "Na Na Na Na Naa".
  • Funny Afro: Simon Rix, depending on the publicity shot (like the one above).
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Their current name comes from Kaizer Chiefs, a football team from Johannesburg (South Africa), in which one of Leeds United's all-time famous players, Lucas Radebe, started his career.
  • Market-Based Title: The Future is Medieval will be released in America with the title Start the Revolution Without Me.
  • Oop North: They come from Leeds.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: "You Can Have It All", except it's not quite a denial:

I tell you what it's going to be like
No, you can never hold my hand in public
They can't know or understand
That you and me are now together

  • Shout-Out: "Caroline, Yes".
  • Signature Song: "I Predict a Riot" at first, but "Ruby" seems to have superseded it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Both the first and the current name fall under this: Runston Parva has an N in the middle of the first name to differentiate itself from Ruston Parva, a hamlet near Leeds, while the "Kaiser" in Kaiser Chiefs is written with an S to differentiate from the football team they took the name from (which is spelled "Kaizer", with a Z).