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I Have Seen the Kaiser Chiefs

Posted by Chip / April 18, 2007

This review is written by MP contributor Matt.
20070419_kaiserchiefs.JPGBefore starting this article about the Kaiser Chiefs show at the Spectrum last night, I feel it necessary to make a small confession: Before The Kaiser Chiefs show at the Spectrum last night, I had no idea who The Kaiser Chiefs were.

All that has changed, however, now that I have seen The Kaiser Chiefs. Did you know The Kaiser Chiefs receive an enormous amount of hype in their homeland of England? I sure didn’t, that is until I saw the giant NME.com laser advertisements strewn about the venue. Also, their first album, “Employment” contained a song called “(I predict) A Riot”? Again, no idea about any of this, until they played “(I predict) A Riot” and a part of my brain opened up that contains songs featured in the trailers for teen-comedy-romances, or failing that, high intensity car commercials. They are also world class showmen, which I couldn’t possibly have known unless I had seen lead singer Ricky Wilson put one foot up on the monitor and lift his hand to his ear to indicate that the crowd was not cheering loud enough.

All this to say (and dropping the snide, petty-ironic music critic pose), now that I have seen The Kaiser Chiefs I know the Kaiser Chiefs. They played about 10 songs in the bulk of their show, that Lord forgive me, I could not tell where one ended and the another one began. It sounded like one long, top 40 white noise drone to me. The guitarist stayed firmly planted on his piece of the stage, as did the bassist, while Mr. Wilson hopped from here to there, sometimes picking up his mic stand to punctuate particularly ecstatic emotions. I just didn’t understand what all the fuss was about.

Of course, I was in the minority as a packed audience pumped their fists in the air, sang along to songs, and screamed in delight as one song ended and another one, I guess, began.

Now at this point, I feel it behooves me to make another confession: at the age of 26, and having now attended the Kaiser Chiefs show at the Spectrum last night, I feel it is safe to say, I don’t understand a single f***-ing thing about music or its attendant industry. Bands like The Kaiser Chiefs will go on to sell out venues the world over. They will be featured in movie soundtracks, and their posters will adorn the walls of kids of every age. There will be a giant, Kaiser Chiefs revolution, wherein they will serve a “Wyld Stallyns” role in a coming world peace, bringing an end to years of war and suffering. And where will I be? Probably dead, at the hands of one of their Chieftans, what I envision to be a sort of post-Kaiser Chiefs Gestapo that will ensure we are all in line with the Kaiser Chiefs agenda.

So be it. At least now I’ll know who they are.

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Angela / February 4, 2015 at 06:56 am
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Thanks Shepppits!Len writes: I like what you did there Mr. Jones sulbte but very funny. Yeah, he gets that from me.This is the god's honest truth. The story goes that I was conceived in the New Forest on my Dad's birthday, 13 March, 1971. Do the math(s). (*shudders*)
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