I Predict a Riot (3:53)

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From Employment and 47 other releases

“I Predict a Riot” is a song by Kaiser Chiefs, appearing on their debut album Employment. It was originally released as their second single on 1 November 2004, and was the band’s first release on the B-Unique label. It entered at #22 on the UK singles chart, a move which started the band’s rise to popularity. It was soon re-released on 22 August 2005 as a double A-side with new song, “Sink that Ship”. This time, it peaked at #9 in the charts.

Portraying a rowdy night out in their native Leeds with members from the former band Blackwire, “I Predict a Riot” is possibly the group’s best-known song, as well as being their signature hit. It is one of the three tracks the band played when they opened Live 8 in Philadelphia, alongside “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” and “Oh My God”. The song makes a reference to John Smeaton (“an old Leodiensian”), an architect, born in Austhorpe, Leeds after whom the school house of Ricky Wilson was named, as well as the East Leeds school; John Smeaton Community High School. Both “I Predict a Riot” and “Sink that Ship” were featured on the soundtrack to the video game Gran Turismo 4. “I Predict a Riot” appeared in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock as downloadable content alongside present from the start, “Ruby”. It has also been confirmed for released for Rock Band. “Take My Temperature”, a B-side on the initial release, is a live favourite, notably at earlier gigs. Also, the guitar riff after “who doesn’t want to be out there” is overdubbed with Hammond organ, played by Peanut.

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  • LYS_S85

    la la laaaaa

    11 Mar 12:34am Reply
  • glsjawtomatica

    Still awesome

    1 Mar 1:08am Reply
  • BananaBan

    mmmm, feelin' dat bass

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    My fav karioke song. (2)

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gopherstepcut

    I predict a cheesy south American Caesar hair cut in the exchange for a pumpernickel kaiser roll. good tune!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    ooooh watching the people get lairy.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    My fav karioke song.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • OliverTho

    ++++

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DiscoDiscDrive

    You are 'all' quite wrong... this song was derived from an infamous Barber Shop quartet... who would inflict a Swiss Style Afro on the occasional luckless patron of their day-time pursuits, without forethought or fore-warning. This would often result in said 'Riot' and passers by hence commenting on looking through barber shop window - upon unwitting victim... "I predict a riot!" It was not so much the style itself, which people objected towards but the lack of quality Swiss cheese, a natural pre-requisite for anything considered even remotely decent of a Swiss Style Afro... Ok, tis a tissue of lies, but I'm just trying to build bridges here... For humanities sake - where is the looooove in the room?

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vitaminche

    SSSSSICK!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Krmgtsm7

    durhamcitymakem I hate to be the one to piss on your fireworks (5th nov as well... freaky!!) but bicknor was more on the pulse than you were............. Kaiser Chiefs are actually a South African Football team based in Johannesburg and not South American as you said so before calling people pretentious twats you should do your homework a bit better, tosspot lol

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Liloucat

    :)

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • durhamcitymakem

    @ bicknor...kaiser chiefs is a south american football team, its who leeds united signed lucas radebe from....so stop being a pretenious twat.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Moxxxu

    very nice

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • bicknor

    Kaiser is derived from a title for an Imperial ruler, such as Caesar, or an emperor. It is a germanic version, can also mean a head of hair. So this groups title could mean hairy headed chiefs, or emperor chiefs. Or thereabouts.........

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • buhog69

    Best song by Kaiser Chiefs in my mind

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song <3

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • johnny70s

    Cracking song

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    Good fun til they released the AWFUL 'Ruby'. This is pure larks!

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • surfbum76

    that song brings back some great memories :)

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
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