Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top 5 Tuesday

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Apparently, I'm the sort of person who decided to post weekly lists when she feels like it. When I posted about bringing back my Top 5 Tuesdays, I must have meant that they will return when I have time. As though I'm busy planning my days like Frank in Old School, nice little Saturday plans when I "might not have time" to get to Home Depot. Geez, I need to get my act together.

You might forgive me when you see that I had to search through my voluminous Kings of Leon library to come up with a perfect Top 5 list. Ever since I discovered them for myself, courtesy of (you guessed it), Pretty Cheap Dress, I have been unable to eliminate them from my daily routine. My love for the wild band of southern brothers (+ 1 cousin) is different from my adoration for, say Coldplay. Instead of a mature, intellectual sort of admiration, I have to admit that I'm more like a raging groupie. P.S. I'm not proud.

In honor of my SH getting up at the crack of dawn to face Live Nation and obtain summer concert tickets for us, I decided I should throw together a list of favorites, the perfect combination for the uninitiated. I'll tell you right now that I'm not a fairweather fan-I know each album in and out, not simply the one that's landed them in the Itunes Top 100. These songs are a good representative example of the work of a singular, incredible band that I hope is around for a very long time.

P.P.S. I apologize in advance for using a solo picture as a header. I couldn't resist-the Rolling Stone shoot was just too full of goodness. Indecisive me=default picture of Caleb

5. Pistol of Fire. My favorite Kings album is the second, Aha Shake Heartbreak, which is virtually bursting with good songs like this one. I feel that it perfectly exemplifies two things I love about KOL: Caleb's sensual whine (yes, I just typed that, and no, there is no better way to describe it) and the pure southern rock feel of their music.

4. Red Morning Light. From their first full-length release, Youth and Young Manhood, this song is a good example of the early Kings: kind of raunchy and growly, with genuine musical talent backing them up.

3. On Call. You might have noticed that not a single one of these songs is new to my blog. They've all been featured on my seasonal playlists in some way or have cropped up in one of a hundred references to my best friend and her musical prowess. When I endeavored to think of my favorites, however, these just kept coming up. On Call is by far the most "Top 40 friendly" as I like to say, akin to the extremely poplar KOL single Use Somebody, but that doesn't mean it's not AWESOME. I like to think of it as a "power ballad" of sorts, and imagine they're singing to me.

2. Revelry. Incidentally, it was this little gem of a song that was my real introduction to the Kings. That's Pretty Cheap Dress for you-she picks out an obscure tune from an as-then fairly unfamiliar band and proclaims that they are simply "the BEST" (Let it be known, I'm completely aware that Kings of Leon had a huge fan base before they became commercially successful in America). My adoration for the Kings is unique in that they're one of the only bands that I find myself completely ignoring the lyrics for the most part, becoming swept up in the feeling of the music. This song is an exception. "Just know it was you all along who had a hold of my heart..." "With the hardest of hearts, I still feel full of pain..." Can you resist it? I don't think so!

1. Taper Jean Girl. Most shameful confession: I heard this song for the first time while watching Disturbia, a movie I've seen numerous times because of my inexplicable affinity for Shia La Beouf. I can tell you that I'll always love the movie all the more for including Taper Jean Girl, which is truly all things Kings of Leon: slightly bawdy, upbeat and rockin', and totally addictive. I literally cannot get enough of it.

I'll be in the pit, screaming out the words to every song, wearing my KOL garb, this summer. I cannot WAIT.


J&Co. said...

So, lemme get this straight: your husband is taking you to see the hottest of rockstars?? "I was dreamin' of revelry..." You're going to LOVE it! (More)

Jeb said...

Raging groupie...that's funny. Kind of like me with the Old 97's