Monday, July 13, 2009

Kings of Leon: You Have Bad Taste in Music, Americans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 6:06 AM

click to enlarge Piss off, bloody, uh, Yanks!
  • Piss off, bloody, uh, Yanks!

According to an article on "the Internet," Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill thinks you have shitty taste in music. If you're an American, that is, because Americans have shitty taste in music, according to him. In fact, the bro-sex peep show performer says, "Most music gets ignored in the States unless it's hip-hop or Hannah Montana or Disney music like the Jonas Brothers. Kiddy pop or hip-hop, that's pretty much what America is. You may turn on the radio and you hear maybe one out of 10 songs that you'd consider decent."

Take that, U.S. of A.! Although, at this point, "one out of 10" seems like a pretty kick-ass day on commercial radio, especially in Nashville. I didn't really disagree with Chris Weingarten when he said (paraphrasing here) people in general have shitty taste in music--but he didn't say Americans specifically. (And Followill seems to imply that all of hip-hop as a genre is pretty much equivalent to Hannah Montana, quality-wise. Let's just say that's, um, an inelegant argument.)

As fate would have it, Nathan Followill, drummer for the American rock band Kings of Leon, also says that in the United Kingdom--of all places!--people who listen to bands possess musical taste that is far superior to ours: "The U.K. is more open to all kinds of music," he opines. "The fans are just insane in the U.K. - they are music lovers. You have kids going to shows to see the bands, not going to a show to be seen there."

Ouchie. But the food sucks! Also: I might be missing the joke here, but perhaps when Mr. Followill says "open to all kinds of music," he means to say, "cuckoo for my band," since KOL just happen to be more popular in the part of the world with superior taste to the part of the world we all call home. I mean, right?

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