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The Leeds group released ‘Ruby’, the lead single from their second album ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’, in 2007 which went on to become their first UK Number One.
In a new video feature posted by The Other Songs where Hodgson retold the story for a live audience, he recalled playing a verse on the keyboard when someone called Ruby walked in, prompting him to sing the track’s famous hook, “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby…“.
“At the time we didn’t say who Ruby was,” he shared. “But I can tell you now that Ruby was a dog.”
Hodgson also elaborated on the meaning behind ‘Ruby’ in a TikTok last year in which he sang a stripped back version of ‘Ruby’ and played the piano.
A text box flashed onto the screen, which read, “Ruby was our family dog”, alongside a picture of a black labrador, adding: “When I was writing it Ruby (the dog) walked in and I sang…”
He then played the chorus and concluded with the text: “I’m very glad she did.”
The song naturally sounds like it is about a woman, opening with vocalist Ricky Wilson singing, “Let it never be said that romance is dead/ ‘Cause there’s so little else occupying my head,” before he asks Ruby in the chorus: “Do ya, do ya, do ya, do ya (ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah)/ Know what you’re doing, doing to me?”
This is the piano that i started writing Ruby on. Look out for the original Ruby. Ricky went onto write the verse lyrics. #indie #alt #alttiktok #altmusic #indietiktok #noughtiesmusic #kaiserchiefs #songwriter #songwriterstories #piano #songwriting
Hodgson was the Kasier Chiefs’ primary songwriter before his exit in 2012 after 15 years. He explained his departure by saying that he had always planned to leave by the time he was 35.
He told NME at the time that the split was amicable, sharing: “I’d said a year ago that this was what I wanted to do, and that was it really. No-one was surprised, we’d talked about it for a year and everyone was happy. I feel good and I’d like to think they do to.”
Hodgson also claimed that he wanted to spend more time in the studio as a producer and songwriter.
He returned as a solo artist in 2018 with his album ‘Tell Your Friends’. In an interview with NME ahead of its release he shared that he still sees the band but admitted that it was a “very strange feeling” to listen to their new music. “I can’t listen to it impartially. I can’t really work out my feelings towards it,” he said.
As for his solo debut, Hodgson said that it didn’t share any common ground with Kaiser Chiefs, instead insisting that it was “just pure me”.
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