Ricky Wilson reckons Kaiser Chiefs have taken Oasis’s mantle as the most popular band in Britain.
It’s a big claim from the band’s frontman — and one he believes the Leeds boys have the tunes to back up.
I bumped into the well-oiled rocker on Thursday night at the opening of top London barbers Percy & Reed — and he had a few things to get off his chest.
Ricky said: “Oasis have disappeared up their own a***. They think they are Led Zeppelin. They’re not.
“Music has moved on and I think we are the band that most music fans would see as their successor.”
I Predict A Riot when Liam and Noel Gallagher catch wind of that one.
Qualifying his claims, Ricky added: “Our new album is shaping up. I reckon it’s our best stuff yet.
“I played it to our manager the other day, who has known us for over ten years, and a smile just spread across his face as soon as he heard it.
“He reckons that it’s the best material we have come up with.
“It isn’t finished but, in my mind, I know exactly where the vocals are going now and how it will sound. Mark Ronson is producing the album. He turned down a lot of people to work with us — a lot of big names, who I won’t mention.
“When he does that to work with us, we must be doing something well.”
Ricky’s not shy of blowing his own bugle and was clearly buzzing after playing a homecoming gig at Leeds United’s Elland Road football stadium last weekend, which went down a storm.
The singer had been out for a few ales at a leaving do and popped in to the party to catch up with his pal Spice Girl Mel.
Earlier, Bizarre Lord Noel Gallagher showed up on his 41st birthday to say hello to the owners Paul Percival and Adam Reed, who look after Noel’s prize barnet at their ultracool barbers.
I’m sure Ricky would have been singing a very different tune had he bumped into Mr Gallagher.
All will be revealed soon enough anyway.
Oasis have a new album due out later in the summer and Ricky said they will shock fans with their release earlier than expected. The battle lines are drawn between Lancashire and Yorkshire once again.
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31 May 2008
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