Long Beloved in Britain
More than a panty-dropping, frat boy's friend: An appreciation for Kings of Leon
Although many fans of Kings of Leon's platinum selling album Only By Night tout its supposed panty dropping effect that helps frat boys get laid (similar to the Dave Matthews Band effect), Kings of Leon certainly deserves more acclaim for the music evolution that they've gone through to create hits that are sure to have longevity.
Those hits — "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion" — and their obvious impact on the college crowd will likely lead to an easy sellout for Kings of Leon's Sept. 9 date at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Last time, Kings of Leon came to town, they almost sold out the Toyota Center.
If you haven't heard of Kings of Leon, here is a quick review: Only By Night is close to a modern form of southern rock in the sense that it's still alternative, but its catchy, bluesy lyrics and arrangements make it something that sounds still pretty new and fresh. At least to the United States audience.
Kings of Leon has enjoyed international success — particularly in the United Kingdom — for a longer time despite the fact they're a Nashville, Tennessee band. They had nine Top 40 singles and three albums reach the top five of the UK charts before developing much of a following in America.
These guys deserve credit for being more than some frat boy urban legend that probably carries as much truth as Bigfoot.