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Kaiser Chiefs on playing Falmouth and that Bowie controversy

By LeeTrewhela  |  Posted: June 08, 2011

  • Competition winner AJ Salisbury interviews the band

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AFTER soundchecking for their first gig for almost two years at the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, on Tuesday, the Kaiser Chiefs gave an interview to What's On competition winner AJ Salisbury:
FALMOUTH may not be the most popular location for popular bands to come and play, but the Kaiser Chiefs decided it would be the perfect place to play two warm-up shows at the Princess Pavilion before their summer tour dates.
When asked about the decision, lead singer Ricky Wilson said: "We were here on holiday when the idea began to be talked about. We couldn't think of a reason it wouldn't work."
Drummer Nick Hodgson added: "We haven't done a gig in two years so we need a bit of practice, so you come somewhere off the beaten path."
These gigs were the first time the band had played any of their latest material to a live audience and they were nervous about it.
Wilson was "worried about remembering the words" and Hodgson said: "It'll probably be twice as fast. It's just the nerves."
Their latest album, The Future is Medieval, is available in a slightly non-traditional way. The band have recorded 20 tracks from which fans can create their own ten-track album.
"We wanted to do something different. We did the first three (albums) the same way. It's nice to have something that we don't know what to expect," said Wilson, who came up with the concept for this format while dining at Rick Stein's fish and chips restaurant in Falmouth last summer.
The band said doing it this way "has been really good fun" and stated "this time it's been exciting again. The different approach has given the band a fresh and new way of recording".
When asked about the name of the new album, Wilson added: "We're not digging our heels in and saying we only want to make CDs and records. You can see digital is coming and it's going to be the only way to buy music in the next 20 years' time.
"Also you can't lose the thing about buying a record. That's being lost by digital and that's what we wanted to put back into it, the excitement you get from going to the shops, saving your pocket money and reading the artwork."
There has been some controversy surrounding the album, with reports saying that the Kaisers had turned down lyrics by David Bowie on one song.
Drummer Hodgson explained: "Basically what happened is the words came out of my mouth and have gone round the internet and they've now become something that isn't the case.
"We had one line with two words missing, we were asking everyone 'what do you think we can do'. We asked Tony Visconti, who was producing us at the time, can you send him Bowie an e-mail with just the sentence but with the blanks. This is why he is telling the truth, because at no point did he ask David Bowie to write lyrics for us."
Hodgson continued: "He did send the e-mail and he did come back and we did read it and we didn't use it because we didn't use that section of the song. That's the final word so stick it on the internet."
Wilson added: "Between two opposing tabloid stories the truth is always somewhere in the middle and always a lot more boring than either of them."
Hodgson concluded, laughing, that: "I read a headline that said 'The Kaiser Chiefs say Bowie collaboration was not good enough'. No, that's not it at all."

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