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(Rolling Stone)   "Kings of Leon were the biggest rock band in the world--then the bottom fell out. Can they battle back?" Pretty sure the more relevant question is "How and when were Kings of Leon the biggest band in the world?"   (rollingstone.com) divider line 90
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2013-12-26 12:02:14 AM
Sounds like part of a spiel from one of those VH1 "Behind the Music" episodes.  "After the bottom fell out their rock & roll fairy tail turned into a drug-fueled tragedy."
 
2013-12-26 12:05:49 AM
Right up until that time the bird shiat in their singers mouth, and he stormed off the stage and cancelled the show.

All kinds of real rock acts spoke up to staying on stage through as bad or worse.

And "Kings of Leon" became known as kings no more.
 
2013-12-26 12:06:17 AM
When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.
 
2013-12-26 12:15:55 AM
They were a pretty damn hot concert ticket a few years ago subb.  Selling out arenas everywhere pretty much speaks for itself.
 
2013-12-26 12:20:55 AM
Kings of Douche.
 
2013-12-26 12:29:35 AM
Right after Ace of Bass but before Nickleback,
 
2013-12-26 12:37:49 AM
I don't know much about their music but that's one of the dumbest band names I've ever heard.
 
2013-12-26 01:07:46 AM

violentsalvation: When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.


twistedmetal: They were a pretty damn hot concert ticket a few years ago subb.  Selling out arenas everywhere pretty much speaks for itself.


come and gone
BACK to BACK grammys?

THAT's how we define biggest rock band in the world?
LOL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Award_records
they didnt make the list ...

maybe the stones or beatles or zeppelin

but kings of leon?
lol
 
2013-12-26 01:23:07 AM

namatad: violentsalvation: When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.

twistedmetal: They were a pretty damn hot concert ticket a few years ago subb.  Selling out arenas everywhere pretty much speaks for itself.

come and gone
BACK to BACK grammys?

THAT's how we define biggest rock band in the world?
LOL
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Award_records
they didnt make the list ...

maybe the stones or beatles or zeppelin

but kings of leon?
lol


well a couple songs anyway, it isn't like they were up against any real competition though.
I don't think Rolling Stone meant biggest rock band OF ALL TIME, but they were a pretty big hit for a couple years. And that isn't to pretend Trolling Stone, the grammys, myself, or subby are useful arbiters of anything musical. I've never really cared for the band either.
 
2013-12-26 01:38:19 AM
Never heard of them.
 
2013-12-26 02:17:01 AM
I've heard the name, but I don't know what they sound like.
 
2013-12-26 02:19:00 AM
Well, their bass guitarist turned 27 in November...
 
2013-12-26 02:23:34 AM
Molly's Chamber was a decent enough earworm, but everything else has been the typical fodder that shifts CDs from the shelves in Target or Walmart and into the player of a Chrysler Town & Country.
 
2013-12-26 02:23:38 AM
1) No.
2) Not ever.

/we're done here, right?
 
2013-12-26 02:26:04 AM
I think they had some song on a Guitar Hero.  Other than that, who?
 
2013-12-26 02:26:38 AM
They are too mainstream for me.  I only listen to castrated Mongolian throat singers performing Irish drinking songs on a 8-tracks myself.
 
2013-12-26 02:29:49 AM
Kings of Leon?

www.funnywallphotos.com
 
2013-12-26 02:31:04 AM
Sorry, but their career overlaps with the Led Zeppelin concert at the o2 Arena, so no, they were never the biggest rock band on the planet.
 
2013-12-26 02:39:13 AM
 
2013-12-26 03:01:59 AM
Taping your band initials on your front kick head is like writing all of the 80's metal bands on your divider folders in 8th grade.
 
2013-12-26 03:19:20 AM
I dont know about the biggest but I do like their sound. Thanks for turning me onto them, KCRW .
 
2013-12-26 03:20:13 AM

violentsalvation: When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.


98% of radio sucks. The Grammys are a joke.

Fark these dorks. I hope their tour bus crashes.
 
2013-12-26 03:21:41 AM

Alphax: I've heard the name, but I don't know what they sound like.


They sound like... Uhh, good question. From what I can tell, they're a tame rock band with maybe dash of country. Sometimes they sound like this, sometimes they sound like  this, and sometimes they sound like this.

Guess they experiment with styles. Already they are better than Nickleback, in that their songs don't all the same. So they have that going for them. Actually, they're... pretty decent. Not exactly moving, but eh.

On the other hand, are they breaking any new ground? A good and/or successful band doesn't have to. But you'd think the biggest would be doing something new.

/Or is that too high a bar?
 
2013-12-26 04:48:30 AM
After Sex On Fire they were played endlessly on the radio for a year, and then disappeared completely.  I was hoping they would stay disappeared.
 
2013-12-26 05:12:21 AM

violentsalvation: When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.


Airplay and Grammys? Seriously? Airplay can be bought en masse by the few remaining major labels from conglomerates who own hundreds of stations, and the Grammys are voted on by old people who haven't had their fingers on the pop pulse in decades.
 
2013-12-26 05:14:40 AM
Yeah, I've long considered a Grammy win as a mark against a musician.  It takes a particularly high level of blandless to get one of those.
 
2013-12-26 05:28:48 AM

Alphax: Yeah, I've long considered a Grammy win as a mark against a musician.  It takes a particularly high level of blandless to get one of those.


inveteratemediajunkies.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-26 05:32:18 AM

LewDux: Alphax: Yeah, I've long considered a Grammy win as a mark against a musician.  It takes a particularly high level of blandless to get one of those.

[inveteratemediajunkies.files.wordpress.com image 395x500]


Are you agreeing with me, or saying the Foo Fighters aren't bland?  I'm not sure.
 
2013-12-26 05:47:40 AM
Not until they dethrone Mumford & Sons.

/Which, frankly, shouldn't be all that difficult.
 
2013-12-26 05:51:56 AM
Pfffft. Amateurs.

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2013-12-26 05:53:36 AM
Over in the artist area there was already a queue for the washrooms. Having no shower gel with me, I made the most of the waiting time by decanting some of the toilet hand soap into an empty water bottle. But the waiting went on for a long while due to a faulty water supply. Every few minutes there were the cries of people stuck with shampoo in their eyes while the plumber pulled and pushed pipes round the back.

Then I noticed the empty shower block just the other side of some temporary fencing.

A couple of us found a gap in the barrier. Out of nowhere came a very large man. "Reserved for the Kings of Leon" he said, "and so is this half of the artist toilets". It's hard to believe that someone actually phoned their agent and said "listen I know that Paul Weller, Kasabian, Florence, Stereophonics, Groove Armada + Vin Diesel are all sharing the artist village and facilities, but we require that you put a fence down the middle of the toilets and showers and put a large man there to keep them just for us." But somebody did.

..

Backstage again, we were outside the catering tent, about to cross the path back to the dressing rooms when loads of massive blokes in suits and shades came out of nowhere shouting "don't move, don't move, DO NOT move" whilst pushing people back to the sides of the track. Was it Obama?

Tom explained that he was just crossing over to the dressing room to start getting ready.

"No you're not" said a big man.

"Yes I am" said tom.

Out came the enormous hand.

The conversation between tom and the big man got more heated. Then 4 blacked out range rovers came round the corner. One for each King of Leon. As it became clear what all this presidential fuss was about, tom gave the worldwide one fingered sign of dislike as the cars went past. The last one stopped. The drummer got out making "come on then" type gestures. "Come on then" tom gestured back. Instead, the drummer went back behind his bodyguards, and, pointing towards Tom, Paul Weller, and the various other musicians who were pinned by the side of the road, said "I want them removed."

"You will be removed" said the big man.

"No we won't"

The promoter came over, smoothed it over and apologised. Bearing in mind this was all happening backstage in the area shared by all the bands, it's hard to see what the Kings thought they were protecting themselves from. Was Paul Weller going to hound them for autographs? Was Florence going to wrestle them to the ground? Or maybe Stereophonics were going to ask them to write "your sex is on fire" on an album sleeve?

Nevertheless, the Kings had 4 minutes before going onstage to enjoy all those showers and toilets they'd kept to themselves.

..

So we waited, reluctantly, whilst getting pretty annoyed with our driver for stopping. A few of us got out, to give the Kings a fond farewell.

Eventually, a couple of buses for crew and entourage came round the corner, followed by the 4 individual range rovers.

The Kings were on their way out.
 
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2013-12-26 06:16:51 AM

Alphax: I've heard the name, but I don't know what they sound like.


Do you own any Coldplay CDs?

Drop one down the garbage disposal and turn it on. They sound like that.

/Added bonus: you've rid yourself of an Coldplay CD.
 
2013-12-26 08:07:00 AM
They are untalented, hipster douches that were promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire. They too will fall and be replaced by another horrible concoction from music executives and marketing tools.
 
2013-12-26 08:11:05 AM

Ready-set: violentsalvation: When they were at the top of many airplay charts and winning back to back grammys, subby.

98% of radio sucks. The Grammys are a joke.

Fark these dorks. I hope their tour bus crashes.


My goodness with all this unwarranted hate. I don't like their music but I don't wish them injury or death.
 
2013-12-26 08:12:19 AM

Handsome B. Wonderful: After Sex On Fire they were played endlessly on the radio for a year, and then disappeared completely.  I was hoping they would stay disappeared.



Yeah. I used to think their music was okay in small doses when it came on the radio or my favorite streaming broadcasts, but the heavy rotation made me sick to death of hearing them.
 
2013-12-26 08:15:35 AM

Nemo's Brother: They are untalented, hipster douches that were promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire. They too will fall and be replaced by another horrible concoction from music executives and marketing tools.


Or Daft Punk, who are BRILLIANT because they do 80's-style techno-disco music that sounds just like the repetitive crap it's aping!

Plus, Georgio Moroder tells a story on one of their tracks. SO f*cking cool and edgy!
 
2013-12-26 08:22:53 AM
Caleb, who once blasted their new mainstream fans and called "Sex on Fire" a "piece of shiat,"


1. Christ, what an asshole.
2. I guess he's a competent music critic, I'll give him that.
 
2013-12-26 08:51:57 AM

Nemo's Brother: promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire.


Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT get the appeal of that band.
 
2013-12-26 08:58:39 AM
You can either be big, or you can be good. Advancing in one field leads to regressing in the other.
 
2013-12-26 09:06:06 AM

frepnog: Nemo's Brother: promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire.

Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT get the appeal of that band.


Holy FARKBALLS, THIS.
 
2013-12-26 09:29:57 AM

frepnog: Nemo's Brother: promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire.

Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT get the appeal of that band.


I like a couple of their songs ("Ready to Start", "We used to wait", "Une Anneé sans lumiere") but stuff like Crown of Love gets me suicidal..... Jesus H Christ, what a farking whiny voice.
 
2013-12-26 09:31:21 AM

frepnog: Nemo's Brother: promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire.

Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT get the appeal of that band.


Arcade Fire's for people who love the pageantry, the fashion, and the stagecraft of music, and don't so much like the notes and stuff.
 
2013-12-26 09:34:24 AM

EyeballKid: Arcade Fire's for people who love the pageantry, the fashion, and the stagecraft of music, and don't so much like the notes and stuff.


so, a band for people that don't actually like music.

makes sense.
 
2013-12-26 09:35:38 AM
 
2013-12-26 09:39:54 AM

EyeballKid: frepnog: Nemo's Brother: promptly replaced and forgotten by Arcade Fire.

Absolutely, 100 percent do NOT get the appeal of that band.

Arcade Fire's for people who love the pageantry, the fashion, and the stagecraft of music, and don't so much like the notes and stuff.


Punk fans?
 
2013-12-26 09:55:07 AM
That guy has a really, REALLY whiney voice.
 
2013-12-26 10:09:22 AM
Who the hell are "Kings of Leon??"
 
2013-12-26 10:10:20 AM
Such an American headline. "But they weren't the biggest HERE!"
 
2013-12-26 10:10:34 AM
I would like to mock the submitter of this headline and express how I've never heard of this band and also that they suck, and also that they are just bland corporate muzak and also there hasn't been any good rock bands since _________, and also any band that signs with a so-called "music label" is a sellout

because I'm edgy.
 
2013-12-26 10:17:07 AM

Mobutu: Who the hell are "Kings of Leon??"


They had that annoying "EUUUGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH....YOUR SEX IS ON FIRE" song.  I'd call them a one-hit wonder.
 
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