Thursday, February 21, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Kaiser Chiefs
The Kaiser Chiefs have done very well in their native England. But they haven't had the same success here. Ruby has been their only number one hit in England to date. The band is from Leeds, England. Drummer Nick Hodgson, keyboard player Nick Baines and bassist Simon Rix were schoolmates in West Yorkshire. When Rix and Baines left for university in 1996, Hodgson remained in Leeds and met lead singer Ricky Wilson and guitarist Andrew White and formed the band Runston Parva. When Rix and Baines returned to Leeds, they became Parva and signed with the Beggars Banquet label Mantra. But the label was closed and Parva was dropped. Their one CD went nowhere. They had to change their name to get a fresh start. They are named after the South African soccer team Kaiser Chiefs. They signed with B-Unique Records which at the time was distributed by Atlantic in England and later switched to Polydor/Universal. Their 2005 debut CD Employment reached #2 on the UK Album chart and was certified Platinum. Singles like Oh My God and I Predict A Riot did very well. It won an NME Award for Best Album. Their 2007 CD Yours Truly, Angry Mob was released in the US on Motown. It got some airplay but if the band had toured the US and Motown got behind it, the Kaiser Chiefs could have been big. Ruby topped the UK chart and is their only number one hit to date. You may have heard Ruby in commercials for the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday. The Kaiser Chiefs albums since then haven't been as successful though they are still active and continue to tour England. This comp has all their singles. Nick Hodgson left Kaiser Chiefs in Dec. 2012 and was replaced by Vijay Mistry. They are working on new music and have just started a UK tour. Here's the video for Ruby by Kaiser Chiefs.