Kaiser Chiefs accused of stealing logo from bicycle parts company

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Ricky Wilson's band dubbed "Kaiser Thiefs" by Sturmey-Archer

Kaiser Chiefs have responded to claims they have stolen their band logo from a bicycle parts manufacturer.

The band, who will release new album ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ next month (March), have been accused by Sturmey-Archer of “blatantly copying” their logo. They have gone as far as to refer to the group as “Kaiser Thiefs” in a statement issued to press. In addition to borrowing the logo, Ricky Wilson’s band are also accused of lifting their new album cover from Sturmey-Archer packaging.

Sturmey’s general manager Alan Clarke says: “I have worked for the company for more than 40 years and I have never known anything quite as blatant as this. We are used to this sort of thing from backstreet suppliers but did not expect it from such a big band. They did not even contact us up front and they have not responded to questions posed since we were alerted by customers.”

In a statement from the band obtained by NME, Kaiser Chiefs have said that they merely took inspiration from Sturmey-Archer and did not intend to cause offence. “The lyrics of our new album ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ look into Britain’s past and our designer has deliberately created artwork that references Britain’s Heritage,” they write. “We hoped to pay homage to the legacy of Sturmey-Archer and by using this design we did not expect, nor did we intend to upset them.”

Kaiser Chiefs recently played two live date at Gorilla in Manchester and the Scala in London ahead of more shows in Madrid, New York, Mexico City and Los Angeles. They release their new album on March 31.

The full tracklisting for ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ is:

‘The Factory Gates
‘Coming Home’
‘Misery Company
‘Ruffians On Parade

‘Meanwhile Up In Heaven’
‘One More Last Song

‘My Life

‘Bows & Arrows