Kings Of Leon have described how they managed to reconcile their feelings over most famous hit ‘Sex On Fire’.
Six years ago the band described the song as a “piece of shit” in an interview with the Toronto Sun, later revealing that they had considered dropping the track from their live set.
Now, speaking to Q, frontman Caleb Followill has said: “I love ‘Sex On Fire’ at this point. It doesn’t matter where we play in the world, as soon as that starts, the place is gonna go nuts.”
The singer went on to reveal how the song was initially meant to be a “funny” song: “At first, I was like, ‘That was supposed to be like a funny moment on the album.’ I’ve always had funny moments on albums where I goof-off a little bit and that was one of those moments.”
Followill added: “To see how successful it became was like, ‘Whoa, this is not what I expected.’ But I look back now with nothing but pride.”
In 2008, Caleb admitted that the band nearly didn’t bother recording ‘Sex On Fire’ because they thought it was “terrible”. He told NME: “I just had this melody and I didn’t know what to say. Then one day I just sang “This sex is on fire” and I laughed. I thought it was terrible, but the rest of the band were like, ‘It’s good, it’s got a hook’. I was like ‘Fuck off!’ but I ended up writing it”.
Kings Of Leon release new record ‘Walls’ on October 14, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Mechanical Bull’.
You can see the full tracklisting for ‘Walls’ below.
‘Waste A Moment’
‘Around The World’
‘Eyes On You’