Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill said in a new interview with Shortlist that the band considered dropping its biggest hit, “Sex On Fire,” from its set list a couple of years back. Followill explained, “I would say two years back it was definitely a thing where we’d play some of our deeper-cut songs — all sorts of rarities — and people would all go get a beer or take a p***. Then ‘Sex On Fire’ would happen and we were just like, ‘Aargh!’ I’ve come to terms with it. Playing that song, it’s like a pat on the back to think we created it. No matter where we go it always gets that reaction.”
Kings Of Leon picked up a lot of new listeners because of that song, and drummer Nathan Followill told us a while back that he could always tell the new ones from the older ones: “It’s funny. Like, at a show, you can pick out three kinds of fans: those that know everything, those that only know ‘Sex On Fire,’ and then those that were turned on to ‘Sex On Fire’ and are trying to go in the back catalogue so they might bop their heads to three or four songs, you know, from other records they really don’t know.”
Nathan admitted to Shortlist that the band was surprised to see concertgoers leave their show after the band played “Sex On Fire.” He said, “As soon as that song is over you see people just bee-lining for the exits. And it’s like, ‘OK. You just paid ($60) for one song, that’s fine.”
“Sex On Fire” was taken from the band’s fourth album, 2008’s Only By The Night. The song’s success helped the disc become the quartet’s first million-seller and establish them as an arena act in the U.S.
The new Kings Of Leon album, Mechanical Bull, comes out September 24th. The first single, “Supersoaker,” is a Top 15 hit at Modern Rock radio.