Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Folowill told music mag NME that he's rejected the show's request to use his music, adding that he's never watched the series and "apparently everybody loves it." Folowill also said the band turned down ABC's "Ugly Betty."
On the subject, he added: "We had some people call us up wanting to know if we'd allow Use Somebody to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down. Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie — I won't name names, but he's an incredibly famous actor — to let him try and convince us to agree to do it. I was like, 'Man, don't even waste your energy'."
You know who does want his music used on Glee? Like, really badly, apparently? Paul McCartney. Allegedly he’s a fan, and he sent some sort of Beatles mix CD along to Glee creator Ryan Murphy in hopes that the tunes would be featured on a Fab Four-themed episode.
Seems like Kings of Leon — per usual — are destined to catch a bit of flack for this no matter which way they go. They turn Glee down, and they’re “too cool.” Had they said yes, I’m sure plenty of folks would have taken issue. It is a bit curious that they allowed three of their songs to be used in an episode of Gossip Girl back in ’08, but that was while they were still releasing singles on the Only by Night record cycle, and before said record had gone platinum several times over in multiple English-speaking countries and become the best-selling digital album of all time in the UK.
So why not Glee? Why not Ugly Betty and why not this mysterious feature film with an “incredibly famous” actor? I don’t think the whole “selling out” thing is much of a factor for a group of dudes once they become one of the biggest bands in the world. Perhaps they just think the film and shows in question are lame? Well, Followill says he hasn’t watched Glee, so that can’t be it.
I guess a part of me finds it admirable that they'd turn down easy money like that. Sure, they probably have piles and piles of cash, so it isn't like they really need any more of it. But someone basically told KOL, "Say yes to this, and you'll get a check. You don't have to do anything else." And they said no. So obviously there's some reason that means enough to them to turn down easy money. Or not. What the hell do I know about Glee or piles of cash? I tried to watch an episode of Glee once, and I had no idea what was going on. Just seems like a crew of dancing assholes with poor lip-syncing skills. Sorry, guys. Jane Lynch is cool, though.