Meanwhile, in the Land of Mushy Peas



Clocks stopped, horses talked as if they were Mr. Ed, and the Thames ran backward as Leeds post-Britpoppers Kaiser Chiefs knocked Mika off the top of the UK charts with "Ruby." Yeah, we know you’ve got things to do today. But if you want to look like you have an ear cocked to what the Brits call the "wireless" and impress your friends, here’s everything you need to know about The Mighty Chiefs.

Who:  Ricky Wilson (singer), Andrew White (guitar), Simon Rix (bass), Nick Baines (keyboards), Nick Hodgson (drums). That’s two Nicks!

Where from:  Leeds, birthplace of Oscar nominee Peter O’Toole, home to Goth bands like The Mission UK, and the city which also gave us Corinne Bailey Rae.

That name: They’re named after the South African Kaizer Chiefs Football Club.

Best song: "I Predict a Riot," as heard on their 200 debut, Employment.

Sounds like: Blur, Kings of Britpop whose music hall songs about quangos and milkmen failed to seduce the Americans as much as Oasis’ "Wonderwall."

Rock ‘n’ roll!:  Fellow UK chart stars Arctic Monkeys hate ‘em. "If we’re next year’s Kaiser Chiefs, we’ll quit," moaned Alex Turner in 2005. "They’re a bit annoying."

Millions of downloading Britkids disagree with you, Alex. But will they stay on top?  Stay tuned …

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