by Adam Gold
It would be more than fair to call our coverage of "local" stoogely brothers Kings of Leon hyper-critical. We've nit-picked and exploited all of their transgressions, from their eating disorders to their bizarre group sex proclivities to their musings on Animal Collective and beyond. And while it would probably be best for us to move on, do like Top 40 radio and ignore these guys completely, sometimes it's just too hard to look away.
The Jan. 15 issue of NME is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Motown with a feature titled "10 Incredible Motown Tracks You Haven't Heard." Strangely enough, two of their choices are The Commodores' "Brick House" and Mary Wells' "You Beat Me To The Punch." Hardly rarities. That might be explained by their panel of pop stars, including none other than Caleb Followill, who selected cuts by Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Having never recorded for Motown, both Cooke and Redding turned in their respective graves while Berry Gordy wept.
I'd say as a general rule, if you don't know the difference between Northern and Southern soul, shut the fuck up and abstain from weighing in on the subject. Lately, I've been trying to wean myself off of using the term "fail," but I'm forced to make an exception for this one. Ultimate. FAIL. NME are partially to blame here as well. Why are they asking a Followill about Motown? That's like asking Dean Koontz what his favorite Salinger novel is. Perhaps next time they interview Caleb Followill they should stick to questions like, "Who's your favorite Strokes member?" or "Which of your brothers has the biggest cock?" Keep him in his element, ya know?
Anyway, despite our constant attempts at character assassination and their inability to have a single chart above #56 in the US, KOL seem to be doing just fine. They bring their caravan of ineptitude to Madison Square Garden--which they will be surprised to find is in New York, not Madison--on Jan. 29.