Ruby (song)

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Ruby single.jpg
Single by Kaiser Chiefs
from the album Yours Truly, Angry Mob
B-side "Admire You"
"From the Neck Down"
Released 5 February 2007
Format Digital download, 7", CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie rock, power pop
Length 3:23
Label Universal Motown, B-Unique
Writer(s) Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson
Producer(s) Stephen Street
Kaiser Chiefs singles chronology
"Modern Way"
"Everything Is Average Nowadays"

"Ruby" is a song by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. It was released in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2007 as the lead single from their second studio album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007). It became the band's first ever number-one single on 25 February 2007 and ended 2007 as the year's 10th biggest-selling single in the UK with total sales of 313,765.[1]

A video single of the song was released in the United States at Best Buy stores on 13 March 2007, two weeks before the album was released there, and featured a live version of "Everything Is Average Nowadays" and the B-side "Admire You" (released on the UK 7" version).[2]

The song has sold 375,000 copies in the UK, as stated by the Official Charts Company. "Ruby" also was voted number 13 in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2007.

Music video[edit]

The promo for "Ruby" was directed by Swedish production company Stylewar, who also produced the 2005 video for "I Predict a Riot", and features the band performing in a desert landscape whilst a CGI metropolis-like miniature city builds around them. The video was scheduled to be shown on Channel 4 at 11:35 p.m. on 15 January but was pulled from the schedules for unknown reasons. The video finally premiered on the official Kaiser Chiefs website four days later.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7 in (Special ruby coloured vinyl) BUN119-7
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "Admire You"
    • This song was also released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
  • CD BUN119CD
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "From the Neck Down"
    • This song was also released as a bonus track on the Best Buy edition of Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
  • Download
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "Ruby" (Live at Berlin Kesselhaus)
  • Best Buy stores video single UNIR 21804-2
  1. "Everything Is Average Nowadays" (live)
  2. "Admire You"
  3. "Ruby" (video) [2]

In popular culture[edit]


Ruby was prominently featured in the first episode of the ITV fantasy drama Demons. It was played during a scene in which the main character, Luke Van Helsing searches for his friend, who is named Ruby.


Ruby has been played in many Ruby Tuesday restaurants and commercials to represent their brand. Plusnet, an internet provider, covered part of the intro in brass. This was because both Kaiser Chiefs and Plusnet are from Yorkshire.


The song appears as a bonus track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and is featured in Project Gotham Racing 4, SingStar Vol. 2 and Lego Rock Band. It also appears in Pro Evolution Soccer 2010.

Cover versions[edit]

On 19 January 2011, Italian band Elio e le Storie Tese played a cover version of the song at the nationwide TV-show Parla con Me, with lyrics changed into a satyric reference to the Rubygate sex scandal, which then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had just been involved with.[3]

Charts and certifications[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Grace Kelly" by Mika
United Kingdom number-one single
25 February 2007
Succeeded by
"Shine" by Take That
Preceded by
"All Good Things (Come To An End)" by Nelly Furtado
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
10–16 March 2007
Succeeded by
"The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon
Preceded by
"Relax, Take It Easy" by Mika
Czech Airplay Chart number-one single
16 May 2007 – 22 May 2007
Succeeded by
"Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado