Kings of Leon: 'Pop Music Is Making World a Bad Place, It's F--king Awful'

"It feels like the end of the world," Matthew Followill says.

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US rockers Kings of Leon gave modern pop music a decent bashing, saying it's "not even music" anymore and criticizing female stars for attention-grabbing performances. Bassist Jared Followill was the one to kick off the criticizm during a recent SMH chat, saying, "Some pop shows I watch, it feels like the end of the world, it's f--king awful." Guitarist Matthew Followill chipped in, "It's not even music anymore. You would never want your children to watch [shows like that] and I can't believe that younger kids, even teenagers are watching that stuff. It almost seems to be making the world a bad place." Back to Jared, the bassist added that modern pop shows make him "cringe." "I can't watch that stuff," he added. "Not even just because they're taking their clothes off it's the whole thing, the dance moves, it's not good." During the rest of the chat, the two confessed being "good boys" behaving far different from stereotypical arrogant rock stars. "I was in my room from 7.30 p.m. watching TV. I hate the whole 'rock star' thing," Matthew said, just to have Jared chip in: "There are a lot of people who buy into their own hype and they become dicks. I have always cringed at the term 'rock star' and now it's been taken over by hip hop. We are the most boring band. We are polite and always show up on time and if we ever cancel it's for a good reason." KoL unveiled their latest studio effort "Mechanical Bull" on September 24 through RCA Records, topping the UK Albums Chart and landing at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

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    Can't. Handle. THE IRONY.
    Sorry you feel that way. Kings of Leon are a great band.
    So wait... Kings of Leon does all the attention grabbing stuff they are slamming here? That's what you are implying. I don't know since I've never given two shits about Kings of Leon before.
    Is it just me or is it starting to seem like all the artists criticizing pop music is the same band wagon hate on UG?
    Band wagons control everything.
    Wagons are fun
    I agree completely, it astounds me. UG seems to be full of stubborn cocky teenagers who feel the need to show off their immense hate whenever they can. I don't know why I've only been noticing this recently...
    They make some pretty decent music most of the time. A Couple big hits does not a pop band make.
    I feel like they're actually missing the point about why pop music, on average, is bad. I don't mind clothing removal so much as I hate assembly line produced generic garbage. The rock n' roll lifestyle is also awesome and I'm jealous at having never lived it.
    Silver Blues
    Agree. I'm never going to complain about a woman taking her clothes off (within appropriate limits)... but I could do without the mass-produced junk.
    Aren't these the same guys that yelled at a crowd for not giving them a fitting welcome, so they said "WE'RE THE FUC-ING KINGS OF LEON!" Sounds like they bought into their own hype to me...
    My Girlfriends dad actually met them at a service station on a UK Motorway and he said they were so arrogant. Also, apparently Caleb was smoking at the petrol station... *facepalm*
    Dammit, just reminded me I have the same name as that guy ... But yeah I was going to mention Reading. "We are polite" - I also heard they got a bit pissy because they weren't getting into it - even though it was ****ing cold? And because their music is boring?
    I think you confuse pop and Kings of Leon. I didn't listen to all their stuff, but the album I own is pretty much rock, soft-rock. When they speak about pop, they mean the top-selling shit.
    I don't really listen to these guys I thought they were pop music?
    Then that's why you think, they're pop music. Singles are the worst thing to judge a band by. I HATED this band when I heard "Use Somebody" (still hate that song). Then I bought their first 3 albums. Those albums are on my top favorite list now. Shiss deff
    You heard their single, hated it, and then went and bought their first 3 albums? Makes so much sense....
    Of course, he's just not as ignorant as you to judge a band by a couple of singles
    My friend showed me a song off their second album, thought it was cool, bought the album, loved it, bought the other two. Dun-dun-dun!. There, I solved your mystery.
    The fact that you like the band doesn't mean they're not pop music. Pop music doesn't mean bad music.
    Didn't say that. I said I didn't like their popier stuff, like "Use Somebody". Their earlier work was definitely leaning more towards indie, southern rockish stuff.
    Same here, hated some of their singles and decided to listen to their first album out of curiosity and it was pretty good.
    I thought they were pop music because of the sex is on fire song, to me that sounds "poppy" ..that's the only song by them I know... so I asked the question what genre they fall in. it was just question.
    People saying its ironic as if kol have dancers and take their clothes off. Im not really a fan but I can appreciate they are a real band making their own music and doing very well for themselves. Good on them.
    I agree with their statement that pop music makes the world a bad place. IMO it encourages prostitution, look at Miley Cyrus and Nikki Manage.
    They encourage prostitution as much as metal music encourages violence.
    "There are a lot of people who buy into their own hype and they become dicks." Well, they would know
    Not only is their personal outlook boring. So is there music.
    So says the guy with the Tommy Wiseau pic.
    At least Tommy Wiseau is something to laugh at. Kings of Leon plays like the soundtrack to an afternoon nap.