It's plain from the energy of I Predict A Riot, the dancing skeletons in the Every Day I Love You Less And Less video, Ricky Wilson's constant jumping up and down and that massive grin that seems permanently plastered on Nick Hodgson's face - the Kaiser Chiefs are a fun band, designed to entertain and put smiles on people's faces. And they couldn't have succeeded any better at fulfilling this purpose than they have with this DVD.
The album might not have been quite as good as the Mercury Music Prize nomination suggested, but even those who had already dismissed t'Chiefs as some kind of one trick pony novelty act would struggle not to enjoy this '206 minutes of binge viewing'.
For a start, they've packed more on to one DVD than most bands would bother with. Two live concerts? A 90 minute film? All the music videos? That'd be four separate purchases for fans of most popular bands. And even the more generous ones would tend to be hiding a lot of filler in among a selection that looks so good on paper. But no, both concerts are excellent and quite different, the music videos really are all there, and the 90 minute film? Well, that's where the real fun begins.
Perhaps Kaiser Chiefs had just watched the hour-long Keane documentary DVD when they decided to make this feature-length jamboree of cinematography, and bored to tears thought, 'by golly, we don't want to focus too hard on reality, because reality is rather dull'. Whatever inspired them though, the result is a quirky film that takes viewers on a nonsensical old-fashioned video tour of the UK, only focussing about half its time on the Kaiser Chiefs.
The time devoted to the band is split even more curiously, in roughly equal portions between live recordings, video clips and fictional interviews with the band members as children and as old men. Of course, if you actually wanted a factual and in-depth analysis of the Kaiser Chiefs as a band and as individuals, you're going to be majorly disappointed, but perhaps this is the Kaisers' big finger in the air at all the bands out there who take themselves too seriously and grant themselves far too much self-importance.
The DVD features footage of Runston Parva (that's the Kaiser Chiefs before they were the Kaiser Chiefs), Ricky performing with The Cribs, a nice bit of bigging up from Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy of Franz Ferdinand, and the film is narrated by Bill Nighy. This is no 'sounds-great-but-when-you-open-it-up-and-look-inside-it's-a-bit-of-a-disappointment', like the special edition of Employment in its posh little box. This is real, natural goodness, like a glass of pure, freshly squeezed orange juice in among a music DVD market filled with watered down supermarket brand squash.
A complimentary copy of this should be sent to every band considering making a music DVD as a lesson on how it ought to be done. Obviously if you hate the music, this is unlikely to change your mind, but if you're already a fan then this will almost certainly have you more hooked than ever before.