Kings of Leon No Longer Just “Big In the UK”

Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon – who have had nine top 40 singles over six years in Britain – have long bemoaned their lack of U.S. airplay. “I’m sick of being big everywhere else,” lead singer Caleb Followill said in a Rolling Stone interview. “For America to kind of turn its back on us is heartbreaking.”

Well, the boys need fret no more: their single, “Use Somebody” (from the album Only By the Night), has jumped to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Sucks that “Sex On Fire” – which is the far better song – didn’t achieve this distinction. But “Sex On Fire” certainly laid the groundwork for KOL’s American success; many of my U.S. pals who are now KOL fans got into them because of that wonderfully dirty tune.

So are Kings of Leon America’s version of Oasis – a.k.a. the rocker brothers that brawl? I look forward to many tabloid headlines in the future.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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