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Chiefs Like Us
They're one of the biggest names in indie-dom but, with album number three about to be unleashed, Kaiser Chiefs can still go out on the town without being pestered by paparazzi.
Paul Nolan, 23 Oct 2008
“The titles were Hermetically Sealed, Misery Company and Kaiser Chiefs Speak In Tongues. I think he was possibly looking for Mark for some kind of handover of the Bond theme. Cos Mark was doing the Bond theme, and now Jack White is doing the Bond theme. I think he maybe just wanted to talk to Mark about whether there were any hard feelings. Which there aren’t, cos Mark quit the Bond theme for his own reasons. Well, not his own reasons, I think it was one of his friend’s reasons. Well, Amy’s reasons.”
Does Ricky know Ms. Winehouse?
“I’ve met her on several occasions,” he replies. “She’s very nice. That’s the thing; she lets everyone in every single day in the papers, but I don’t think anyone really gets to meet her. Maybe I haven’t really met her. But I think she’s quite sweet and very funny.”
“It’s undoubtedly a strange life she leads; I saw a clip on Youtube a while back, apparently filmed by a paparazzo, and all the shocking footage showed was Winehouse engaged in the scandalous activity of getting Noel Fielding a taxi.”
“It’s odd, they do make a lot of money out of it,” observes Wilson of the paparazzi. “I’m glad they don’t follow us around. They wouldn’t have much to write about. But then again, they follow Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen around and they haven’t got much to write about. So, they make it up. It’s weird. I was telling someone recently about this thing that happened a while back. I was walking down the street in Primrose Hill, and there was this paparazzi guy who I’ve seen outside awards ceremonies. I recognise him, and he recognises me.
“He comes up to me and goes, ‘Alright Ricky? Seen anyone famous about?’ I went, ‘No’. And he goes, ‘I might as well go home then.’ I’m like, ‘Are you not gonna even take your lens cap off? At least flick a couple off!’ But the thing is, maybe at that time I was a bit disappointed, but thinking about it, it’s fantastic that our songs are well known, and our band is a household name, but we don’t generally attract that kind of attention.