Who are Kings of Leon named after?

20 November 2020, 14:14 | Updated: 20 November 2020, 14:33

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Find out the meaning behind and origins of the familial band's regal name.

Kings of Leon are no doubt making their way to veteran rocker status.

The southern outfit - comprising of brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill joined by their cousin Matthew - have been bashing out bangers since before the start of the millennium.

With over 20 years under their belt, it's hard not to know at least one of the band's famous hits. However, do you know how they came up with their regal-sounding name?

Find out here...

QUIZ: Do you know every word of Kings Of Leon's Sex On Fire?

QUIZ: Do you know every word of Kings Of Leon's Sex On Fire?

Where is Kings of Leon's name from?
Where is Kings of Leon's name from? Picture: Press/ RCA

Who are Kings of Leon named after?

Kings of Leon formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999.

Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill were all sons of Ivan Leon Followill - a Pentecostal preacher who travelled around the Deep South with them and their mother Betty-Ann as he preached.

When their father retired from preaching and their parents divorced in 1997, Nathan and Caleb moved outside Nashville.

They bought a bass for their younger brother Jared, and later admitted to "kidnapping" their cousin Matthew from Mississippi to join the band.

Their name is quite simply inspired by their familial bond as it's taken directly from their paternal grandfather, who was named Leon.

Therefore they are Kings of Leon.

How did they come up with Sex on Fire?

The title for the band's most famous song started off as a running joke. The song started out as a melody, therefore the band just kept throwing silly lyrics over the chorus. They tried out several different iterations such as Set Us on Fire, Snatch on Fire and Cocks on Fire, but the band settled on Sex on Fire, which was a bit of a joke that just stuck.

Speaking to Radio X band also joked about how they make the track sound more palatable for their kids.

“It’s ‘Socks on Fire’,” drummer Nathan Followill told us. “Uncle Caleb’s socks caught on fire one night when I was drying them out on the heater."

Caleb mused: "I think that song is the least of our worries. We have much bigger things to tackle than Sex On Fire,” before Nathan interjected: “They won’t listen to Taper Jean Girl. Ever.”

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