Kaiser Chiefs: We didn't mean to upset Sturmey Archer

Indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs says it wished to pay homage to Sturmey Archer after being accused of 'stealing' the cycle manufacturer's logo

Kaiser Chiefs and Sturmey Archer artwork

Leeds Indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs have responded to the accusation that they 'blatantly copied' their new album cover artwork from packaging made by bicycle component manufacturer Sturmey Archer.

"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 told music magazine NME via a statement.

"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."

Sturmey Archer general manager Alan Clark said on Wednesday: “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.”

Sturmey Archer S3X

Three-speed gear hub for fixed wheel bikes, priced £249


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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.