Music / Kasabian

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Chris Edwards, Sergio Pizzorno, Tom Meighan and Jay Mehler.
Kasabian are an English rock band from Leicestershire, currently comprising Tom Meighan, Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards and Jay Mehler. They formed in 1997 with the name Saracuse, and after being picked up changed their name to Kasabian, releasing their first reasonably successful album in 2004.

Discography:
  • Kasabian (2004)
  • Empire (2006)
  • West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)
  • Velociraptor! (2011)
  • 48:13 (2014)
  • For Crying Out Loud (2017)

The latter four all reached #1 on the UK albums chart, and Velociraptor! especially received extremely positive reviews, although the band is yet to enjoy significant US success.


Kasabian provide examples of:

  • Arc Words: The "Empire" album and its related media utilize the phrase "shoot the runner." There's that very song, the video for "Empire" opens with a runner (messenger) getting shot, and a loose mention of the line is uttered in the chorus of "Me Plus One."
  • Audience Participation Song: In live sets on the Velociraptor! tour, "Fire" is the closer to the encore (after "Switchblade Smile" and "Vlad the Impaler"), and the crowds join in.
  • Bad Ass Driver: According to the video for Re-Wired, Sergio Pizzorno is one.
  • Bedlam House / Concept Album: According to a T4 interview, each of the songs on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is meant to represent an inmate of the eponymous asylum.
    • From the spoken word opening of "West Ryder Silver Bullet": "Then I went down to the basement where my friend the maniac busies himself with his electronic graffiti."
  • The Cameo: Noel Fielding reprises the part of Vlad the Impaler for a two-second scene in the video for "Re-wired."
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the video for "You're In Love With a Psycho," the mental patients' clothing is labeled "West Ryder."
    • The video for "Are You Looking For Action" is full of so many nods to past albums and music videos it borders on Continuity Calvicade.
      • One table has a group wearing face-covering bandanas a la the band's self-titled album cover.
      • Jay Mehler and Chris Edwards play a game of cards dressed in British royal regalia from the Empire cover.
      • A third is dressed in the same outfits from the West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum cover.
      • One crowd is wearing velociraptor masks, a nod to Velociraptor!
      • One table is dressed in skeleton costumes, recalling the minimalist skeleton costume from the 48:13 tour. Two other groups are dressed in the white shirt with black text and beer-can baseball caps outfits and the googly-eyed glasses, both from the "eez-eh" video.
      • The older man from the For Crying Out Loud album cover is behind the bar.
      • A few people can be seen dressed as Noel Fielding's Vlad the Impaler.
      • There's a small white rabbit on one table, referencing the lyrics to "Me Plus One."
  • Downer Ending: Every album ends on a low-key song compared to the Epic Rocking of most tracks, but Empire ends with the bleak "The Doberman."
    • Subverted with their self-titled debut. "U Boat" is a somber ending, but the hidden track at the end of the danceable remix for "Reason Is Treason."
  • Epic Rocking: This live version of Club Foot.
  • Excited Show Title!: Velociraptor!
  • Gratuitous French: La Fée Verte.
  • Intercourse with You: "Re-Wired".
  • Mushroom Samba: "La Fee Verte" is basically this, but with absinthe.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Shifted into this in Velociraptor! and taken on full-on in 48:13 which is a '60s rock/hip-hop/electronic hybrid. Serge said the idea was to create a "new language."
  • New Sound Album: The first album is a Madchester-inspired Alternative Dance album ending with a jam session ("Butcher Blues") and a Space Rock ballad ("U Boat"), while Empire introduces Britpop and Glam Rock elements and the third one veers towards neo-psychedelia. Velociraptor! incorporates rap, experimental and industrial elements, and 48:13 takes this to a whole new level, combining elements from jazz, EBM and ambient to make something akin to The White Album. Their sixth album, For Crying Out Loud is a shift to guitar-heavy sounds, recalling 1960s acts like The Zombies and The Animals.
  • Noel Fielding: A friend of the band, who appeared in three of their videos (as the title character in Vlad the Impaler, a cameo in the same part in Re-Wired, and "You're in Love with A Psycho") as well as a number of live shows, including the band's Crowning Moment of Awesome 2014 Glastonbury headlining set.
  • The Oner: The video for "Are You Looking for Action" is an eight-minute-long single take.
  • Protest Song: "Where Did All the Love Go?" "Reason is Treason" and "Empire" all fit the bill, but 48:13 is made up of a lot of them, with "eez-eh" taking the cake.
  • Rotoscoping: The video of Shoot the Runner.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: Butcher Blues.
  • Self-Titled Album: Guess.
  • Shout-Out: The line Joker, I'll meet you on the other side in Vlad the Impaler is a reference to Heath Ledger, who died a month before the single's release. In some performances they replace "Joker" with "Heath Ledger."
    • The video for Empire is set during the Crimean War. Also counts as an internal shoutout as the video opens with a runner being killed by a bullet...a la Shoot the Runner.
    • "Me Plus One" references a white rabbit taking the singer away.
    • The video for "Eez-eh" is filled with them.
      • Tom and Serge wear Mickey Mouse and Goofy hats.
      • The band poses in Steve Jobs-like poses, complete with black turtlenecks.
      • One shot of Tom running across a striped background is staged identically to Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain.
  • This is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In Shoot the Runner:
    I'm a king and she's my queen, bitch

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