By Andrew Robbins
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Education, education, education & war: Kaiser Chiefs’ declaration of war has struck a chord

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Issue 2398
Education, education, education & war by Kaiser Chiefs, Universal Music

Education, education, education & war by Kaiser Chiefs, Universal Music

The latest offering from the Kaiser Chiefs is an unexpected but refreshingly welcome poke in the eye—or the ear—of the British establishment.

The band is perhaps the best known current example of the indie rock genre. Its new album has topped the charts. 

What they sing about is a bit of a barometer of what young working class people are thinking about.  

Opening track The Factory Gates is a frantic, romp-a-stomp anthem reminiscent of 2005 hit I Predict a Riot, which at the time felt like the soundtrack to a protest.

Following a gradual decline since magnificent debut album Employment, it’s clear that the band are now talking the language of their working class fans.

Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll make way for Tory dole queues, crap jobs and bastard bosses.

They sing, “So this is the age of the train, all aboard for the labour exchange,” and, “What you make on the factory floor, you take straight to the company store.”

Cannons takes on the not-so-great war of 1914-1918 with, “I know there is another way, if you wanna see your face again.”

So now we know that at the same time as cheesing it up on BBC’s talent show The Voice, lead singer Ricky Wilson has also been pondering the futility and barbarity of imperialist warfare.


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