It’s not their raw addictive music (too obvs). It’s not Jared Followill’s booming base talents or sense of humour on Twitter (hilarious man). It’s not ‘coz they named their band after their Dad – ‘Leon‘ (aw). It isn’t Caleb‘s gravelly sexual voice nor Nathan Followill’s deft hand at drumming.
It’s their failure to sell out.
Now, before I get attacked, I’m fully aware thousands would say they already sold out when Because of the Times was released in 2007 as many felt they became too mainstream and commercialized (you’ll always have indie heads saying this regardless of the band). For me personally, Come Around Sundown is their best album since Aha Shake Heartbreak – a continuation in my mind. Not that I didn’t enjoy Because of the Times or Only By The Night, but if you ask most people that call themselves KOL fans what their favourite song it, GUARANTEED they will either say Use Somebody, Fans, Sex on Fire or Closer. You know it’s true. And they will say those songs because they’re the songs that put KOL on the ‘map’, so to speak and therefore broadened their fan base into mainstream pop. Nothing wrong with that either.
So we’v all heard of Glee right? The multi-award winning American show with all the singing and jumping around? Ya. Well last season, Glee asked various celebrities could they use their songs in their performannces in Glee. Many artists agreed with glee (pun intended. Cheeeese). Amoung those artists was Britney Spears, Florence and the Machine, Journey, Lady GaGa, Rihanna and the list goes on.
But when the Kings of Leon were asked could their material be used, they declined. In relation to their decision to decline Glee’s offer, Jared Followill commented on this last August saying that …”We could have sold out so much more. […] We turn down stuff constantly.” And this is why my love for them grows.
Now, Glee is fantastic and all that. But KOL obviously didn’t want a bunch of high school students with mega watt smiles singing their tunes and parading around a stage. Glee is manufactured. KOL are against anything that is. They write all their own songs, play all their own instruments…which is more that Britney or Rihanna can say, being previous entries on Glee.
In last months The Hollywood Reporter magazine in America, Murphy was being interviewed about Glee, and brought up KOL’s previous decision. Murphy went on to say …”Fuck you, Kings of Leon. [You] are assholes.”
And he kept going.
”They’re self centered assholes. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
Of course, Kings of Leon didn’t take this abuse lightly. Caleb Followill – frontman of KOL, came back and said,
”This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting [the band’s hit single “Use Somebody”]. This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from.”
Then Nathan Followill – drummer, took to his Twitter and tweeted;
”Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say fuck.”
Why the hell would KOL want to ‘hate’ on art education? Murphy didn’t get his way for his f*cking show, wouldn’t accept that he was rejected and so lashed out to the press.
Boys will be boys. I’m still a KOL fan till I die.