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.