Day Two of My Week with the Kings of Leon, and today it's Sex on Fire. Taken from their album Only By the Night.
Sex on Fire was the first single to be released, in September 2008. It hit number one in the single chart in the UK. The album Only By the Night was their fourth studio album, and came out in the same year, also reaching the number one spot in the UK album chart.
This song is distinctive as soon as it kicks in. This is a heavy instrumental full of guitars and drums, with lead singer Caleb Followill sounding absolutely amazing. His voice is strong, powerful and gravelly. This is a catchy song, but it's another one that its not 100% clear what on earth its about. It sounds awesome though, and sometimes that's all you need!
The video is not much clearer. It features the band, in what appears to be an empty warehouse, whilst Caleb writhes around on a bed. There are shots of band members eating chicken, one of them washing his hair, and ends with Caleb breathing out black smoke. Clear as mud. Interesting but I don't see any relevance to the song!! Watch it yourself, let me know if you get it.
Back to the song. The lyrics are puzzling. It starts with "lay where your'e laying, don't make a sound, I know they're watching." Who is watching? What? Then "soft lips are open, knuckles are pale, feel like your'e dying". Hmm - totally clear now. Finally the chorus "Your sex is on fire, consumed, with what just transpired".
Don't get me wrong, this is an epic, anthemic track full of rock and gravel filled vocals. The Kings of Leon are a mighty rock group, and this is a classic. It's a great song when you are out and one that you see people really rocking too. My guess is that they don't know what it means either! Still great, still worth a listen. Go and do so now. Happy listening :)
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