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Kings of Leon: ‘Sex on Fire’ is ‘Terrible’

Frontman Caleb Followill says the new tune was nearly ditched. Hey, who are we to argue?

By: William Goodman // September 10, 2008

Do you think the lyrics for “Sex on Fire,” the anthemic first single (listen below) off Southern quartet Kings of Leon’s new record, Only By The Night, are a little silly? Well, you’re not alone — singer/guitarist Caleb Followill agrees and claims the tune was nearly scrapped.

“I just had this melody and I didn’t know what to say,” Caleb explains [via NME.com]. “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.”

But what’s with hot-between-the-sheets lyrics? Again, Followill to the rescue:

“There’s an element of sex that’s expected in our songs so I tried to wrap it all up in one song,” he reveals. “If you read the lyrics you’ll find it’s got some quite visual lyrics in it. It’s a pretty sexy song actually, but I knew after writing ‘Sex on Fire’ I couldn’t write verses about making out, or going to the movie theatre with a girl.”

Check out the music video for “Sex on Fire” below.