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Kings of Leon

Members:
Caleb Followill
Nathan Followill
Jared Followill
Matthew Followill





The three Followill brothers spent much of their youth traveling around the Southern United States with their father, Ivan Leon Followill, a United Pentecostal Church preacher, and their mother, Betty-Ann. Caleb and Jared were both born in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and attended Mount Juliet High School, while Nathan and Matthew were born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. According to Rolling Stone magazine, "While Leon preached at churches and tent revivals throughout the Deep South, the boys attended services and were occasionally enlisted to bang on some drums." They were either home-schooled by their mother, Betty-Ann, or enrolled in small parochial schools at this time. Except for a five-year period when they settled in Jackson, Tennessee, the Followills' childhoods were spent driving through the southern United States in a purple 1988 Oldsmobile, decamping for a week or two wherever Leon was scheduled to preach.

When the boys' father resigned from the Church and their parents divorced in 1997, Nathan and Caleb relocated to Nashville and embraced the rock music and lifestyle they had previously been denied, attempting to break into the music industry in the process. While there, they met songwriter Angelo Petraglia who helped the siblings hone their songwriting skills and introduced them to the musical influences of Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones and The Clash in particular. Their youngest brother, Jared, who had briefly attended public school, was more influenced by the music of The Pixies and The Velvet Underground. When he and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in 1999, Kings of Leon was formed. They named the band after the brothers' father and grandfather, who were both called Leon.

By 2002, Nathan and Caleb had received interest from a number of music labels and eventually signed with RCA Records, who at first insisted on putting a band together for the two of them. In an interview with Billboard, however, Nathan outlined how they told RCA, "We don't want to be Evan and Jaron. We're going to buy our little brother a bass, he's a freshman in high school. Caleb will teach himself the guitar, Matthew played guitar when he was 10 and I'll play the drums. They said, 'All right, we'll come down in one month and see you guys.'" Later in the interview Caleb admitted to the brothers "kidnapping" their cousin Matthew from his hometown in Mississippi in order for him to join the band. They told his mother that he was only going to be staying for a week but never allowed him to return home. "We locked ourselves in the basement with an ounce of marijuana and literally spent a month down there. My mom would bring us food down," added Nathan. "And at the end of that month the label people came and we had "Molly's Chambers," "California Waiting," "Wicker Chair," and "Holy Roller Novocaine.

Their most commercial success was when they released Only By The Night in 2008, with hits such as "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody".

Holy Roller Novocaine EP [2003]


Youth and Young Manhood [2003]


Aha Shake Heartbreak [2004]



Because of The Times [2007]


Only By The Night [2008]



Come Around Sundown [2010]




Kings of Leon has won four Grammy Awards:
(2010) Record of the Year for "Use Somebody"
(2010) Best Rock Performance from a Group for "Use Somebody"
(2010) Best Rock Song for "Use Somebody"
(2009) Best Rock Performance from a Group for "Sex On Fire"



you can post news and whatever Kings of Leon!

This thread is for appreciation of Kings of Leon, so please no haters. :)
 
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sex on fire
use somebody
knocked up

only songs I know from them, but I fucking adore those songs.

they're a little pretentious, though.
 

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LeRollingStoner said:
sex on fire
use somebody
knocked up

only songs I know from them, but I fucking adore those songs.

they're a little pretentious, though.
Kid Pav said:
only heard
use somebody (Goat song)
sex on fire >
radioactive
apart form these are they worth checking out
I suggest listening to not so popular songs of theirs.
Fans, Knocked Up, Back Down South and many many more like in OP are wonderful.
there's a reason they have over 106,000,000 plays on last.fm!
 

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Big fan! Got all their albums. Holy Roller Novocaine, Taper Jean Girl, Day Old Blues, Knocked Up, Milk, Cold Desert, Sex on Fir, Crawl, Manhattan >>>>>>>

Saw em front row over the summer. They just canceled their tour though and Calebs going into alcohol treatment is what ive heard though
 

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Big fan! Got all their albums. Holy Roller Novocaine, Taper Jean Girl, Day Old Blues, Knocked Up, Milk, Cold Desert, Sex on Fir, Crawl, Manhattan >>>>>>>

Saw em front row over the summer. They just canceled their tour though and Calebs going into alcohol treatment is what ive heard though
nice!
 

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I feel like I'm the only fan of this band in the whole world. Yes their last two albums were super mediocre, but most people haven't even heard their first three albums which I think are under appreciated rock classics.

Seriously go listen to Aha Shake Heartbreak or Because of the Times before you start bashing them. Just my two cents
 
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