Jan 26, 2011

Kings of...?

Today, I was rather disappointed to read the comments that Kings of Leon singer Nathan Followill made to Glee creator Ryan Murphy on Twitter.  I love KOL.  I love Glee.  I don't really care that they haven't used a KOL song on the show, or that the guys were "done promoting that album" and didn't sell it to Glee to use.  Frankly, I can't really see any Kings song being that huge of a smash on Glee. 

However, this comment from Nathan really ticks me off. 

"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 f*ck."

First off, he sounds like a raging homophobe, contrary to his comments that he is not.  Second, as someone who represents the band, he seems completely ungrateful.  Shouldn't you be thrilled that Glee even asked to use one of your songs?  That you're even recognized by mainstream pop culture?  Isn't that the dream of all musicians?  To have their music heard and appreciated?!

After the bird poop incident of July 2010, they came out with this comment that was totally unnecessary

"You (the fans) may enjoy being shit on, but we don't."  Um, yeah, because all people except the mighty Kings of Leon appreciate birds taking a crap on them. 

They made it a huge uproar that they walked off the stage after three songs, when, from what I gather, the fans understood what was going on: the band was getting crapped on and so were the fans.  Frankly, it was probably a relief for everyone.

PSA: get over yourselves.  I remember first listening to KOL in early '08, before Use Somebody became a smash hit a year later.  I enjoyed their music.  I also heard the story behind their name and appreciated it: three of the members are brothers, their dad being Leon, a preacher from the south.  They talk about endless religious references and experiences, even singing a gospel song before shows called "A Little Talk with Jesus." I had heard how cool they were, being OU fans and going to tailgates, games and whatnot.  Meanwhile, they've seemingly let Victoria's Secret models, tight jeans and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle get in their heads.  (I take the VS comment back.  I don't know a lot about Caleb.  It's mostly Nathan who's yapping his trap and making an anus of himself).  At this rate, I wouldn't be proud associating them with anything I supported.

I'm not here to judge and to make comments about people and 'who they claim to be.'  That isn't what I'm trying to do.   But what peeves me the most is that they're blatantly putting a Christian connotation to their music, naming albums after church conferences and whatnot, and then acting ungrateful for all they've been blessed with.  Sure, they curse like sailors, but whatever.  It just seems like every time Kings of Leon is in the tabloids, it's because they're cursing someone out of pissing someone off.

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