Back in ’04/’05 I was living in the UK, soaking up the sun *snort* and living the high life of a backpacker. There were many things I bitched and moaned about (I fit right in!) like how fecking cold it was, my shit paying job and having to catch the Tube. Also being completely confused when I was asked “You right?” All in all though I bloody loved my time there and one of my favourite things (of course) was hearing all the new British rock coming out. I discovered bands like Arctic Monkeys, Keane, Rooster, Franz Ferdinand, and my favourite, Kaiser Chiefs.
As soon as I heard their first single, Oh My God, on the radio I was hooked. Those loud jangly, fuzzy guitar riffs were giving me LIFE and the lyrics spoke to me; Oh my God I can’t believe it, I’ve never been this far away from home.
It was pure 70s inspired punk infused rock and it was magical and I needed to hear more. Amazingly enough, my usually very tight boyfriend at the time bought me their album Employment because I kept banging on about them and I loved it from the first listen – which never happens!
Silly me never thought to go and see them live because, as I mentioned, I was broke and too busy saving to travel across Europe. I would’ve loved to have seen them playing in some dinky little venue before they made it big. Maybe in my next life I can live in Europe and follow bands around from gig to gig?
I would highly suggest listening to Employment in it’s entirety this Sunday, preferably at max volume while daggy dancing in your lounge room (sliding across the floor in your socks and head banging is purely optional)! If you’re pressed for time then listen to this tune and enjoy…Happy Sunday dollface!