Kaiser Chiefs

View comments (3) Comment on this artist

Kaiser Chiefs Biography

Kaiser Chiefs (formed 1997, originally known as Parva)

Kaiser Chiefs are an English indie-pop band from Leeds. The line-up of the band consists of Simon Rix, Ricky Wilson, Nick Hodgson, Nick Baines (Peanut) and Andrew White (Whitey)

Kaiser Chiefs: The Early Years

Hodgson, Baines and Rix all became friends at secondary school (St. Mary's School, Menston). Simon and Peanut left school and attended university, whilst Nick Hodgson remained in Leeds, where he met Ricky and Whitey. These three formed a band named Runston Parva (after the East Yorkshire hamlet Ruston Parva). When Peanut and Simon returned from their studies, they joined the band, which changed name to simply Parva.

Parva landed a publishing deal and a contract with Mantra, an offshoot of Beggars banquet. When Mantra went under, Parva were left stranded with no deal. During their time with Mantra, they had released an album, 22, as well as three singles, 'Heavy', 'Good Bad Right Wrong' and 'Hessles'. Deciding that they needed a new name and sound, they picked the name Kaiser Chiefs. The band are dedicated Leeds United fans and chose the name from Leeds player Lucas Radebe's old team, Kaizer Chiefs.

Kaiser Chiefs: Music Career

Kaiser Chiefs' debut album, released in 2005, was entitled Employment. The album was shortlisted fir the 2005 Mercury Music Prize, along with M.I.A., Bloc Party and Coldplay but Kaiser Chiefs lost out to Antony and the Johnsons. The lead single from the album, 'Oh My God', became a huge hit for the band and was covered on Mark Ronson's Version album, with vocals by Lily Allen. The follow-up single was 'I Predict A Riot'.

In 2005, Kaiser Chiefs joined Black Eyed Peas, Will Smith, Destiny's Child and Kanye West on the Philadelphia leg of the Live 8 concert. A DVD entitled Enjoyment was released, documenting the months surrounding their debut album release.

The second album from Kaiser Chiefs was entitled Yours Truly, Angry Mob and was released in 2007.The band have stated that they were influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and American rock bands. The album performed well, commercially, but not as well as its predecessor. However, the lead single from the album, 'Ruby' became Kaiser Chiefs first number one single. The major follow-up singles were 'Everything is Average Nowadays' and 'The Angry Mob'. Kaiser Chiefs then released the limited edition "7, 'Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)'.

Off With Their Heads was the title of Kaiser Chiefs' third album, with 'Never Miss A Beat' being the lead single. In October 2008, Kaiser Chiefs set out on a tour with The Hair and Late of the Pier as support. They performed a version of 'Never Miss A Beat' with the pop band Girls Aloud for the Christmas Day episode of Top of the Pops.

In August 2009, Kaiser Chiefs played at the Reading and Leeds festival, before the headliners Kings of Leon. They have close associations with fellow Leeds band Pigeon Detectives. Ricky Wilson was once in a fight with the actor Sam Riley, who played the role of Ian Curtis in Control.

Back to top

Kaiser Chiefs Picture Gallery

british summer time hyde park - performances 050713
british summer time hyde park - performances 050713
british summer time hyde park - performances 050713
british summer time hyde park - performances 050713
british summer time hyde park - performances 050713

More Kaiser Chiefs Pictures

Back to top

The Latest Kaiser Chiefs News

Olly Murs Collaborates With Former Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson

15th April 2014

Olly Murs has collaborated with former Kaiser Chiefs star Nick Hodgson.The 'Trouble' hitmaker paired up with the the former drummer,...

Despite Nick Hodgson's Exit, The Kaiser Chiefs Score No.1 Album

7th April 2014

The Kaiser Chiefs have successfully bounced back after the departure of drummer and primary songwriter Nick Hodgson, by taking the...

Kaiser Chiefs Turned Down World Cup Anthem Offer

26th March 2014

British rockers Kaiser Chiefs turned down the chance to record an official song for the 2006 soccer World Cup.The group's...

Is Ricky Wilson Really Getting His Own Tv Quiz Show?

17th March 2014

Ricky Wilson - the lead singer with the Kaiser Chiefs and current coach on The Voice UK - is in...

Dexters Getting Tips From Liam Gallagher

14th March 2014

Dexters have been getting advice from Liam Gallagher on how to survive in the music business.The new band - made...

More Kaiser Chiefs News

Back to top

Kaiser Chiefs Reviews

Kaiser Chiefs - Nottingham Trent FM Arena Live Review

25th February 2009

Review of Kaiser Chiefs live at Nottingham Trent FM Arena.It doesn't seem long since the...

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads Album Review

28th October 2008

Album review of 'Off With Their Heads' by Kaiser Chiefs. The successor to 2007's "Yours...

Kaiser Chiefs - De Montfort Hall Live Review

22nd October 2008

Live review of Kaiser Chiefs at De Montford Hall.Leeds band The Kaiser Chiefs have been...

Kaiser Chiefs - Everything Is Average Nowadays Single Review

8th May 2007

Kaiser Chiefs Everything Is Average Nowadays Single Review Everything is average nowadays? You're spot on...

Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly Album Review

20th March 2007

Kaiser ChiefsYours Truly, Angry MobAlbum ReviewDear music fan,Whilst somewhat resembling marmite the Kaiser Chiefs return...

More Kaiser Chiefs Reviews

Back to top

Kaiser Chiefs Festivals

Firefly Music Festival

19th June 2014

Leeds & Reading Festival

22nd August 2014

Rock en Seine

22nd August 2014

Ibiza Rocks

29th March 2014

Rock Werchter

3rd July 2014

More Kaiser Chiefs Festivals

Back to top

Kaiser Chiefs Interviews

Kaiser Chiefs, Interview

27th February 2007

Kaiser ChiefsInterviewLaying down the Indie soundtrack of 2005 with songs like ‘I predict a riot’...

Back to top


Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All


Silver:Sensation's picture


The kaiser chiefs, where do i start? well, they are uniqe and different, i a good way, their songs are incredibley erm..... whats the word im looking for.... nice, okay thats rubbish but thats is all i can think of! give me a break. and ricky wilson's "danceing" is tireing just to watch! its great! its like a trade mark! (untill he breaks his neck) the kaiser chiefs are my fave band of all time! i hope they keep it up, their music realy means something to me

8 years 5 months ago
View Comments

kaiser in da house's picture

kaiser in da house

Recently i gave birth to a lovely baby boy on the 17th of August and have named him Kaiser after your band. If we had girl we was going to call her Ruby. We would apreciate it if you could send him a signed cd from yourselves for when he's older.

6 years 6 months ago
View Comments

drunk on shadows's picture

drunk on shadows

i love the kaiser cheifs rickys dancing rules hes so talented he deserves to be this far in life i love all your music its the best it cheers me up all the time i intrduced ur music to my friends n they loved it they were realy happy we think its been a long time b4 sum1 has decided 2 make music as original as u we love ur band we love ur performance at fillmore not meany bands will bring a fan on stage u were awesome

8 years 3 months ago
View Comments