Kings of Leon doesn’t want to be known as a band who “sells out.”
And that means turning down appearances—multiple ones! The latest snub was to the hottest show on television right now—Glee. The band told British music magazine NME that they turned down an appearance on Glee, as well as Ugly Betty.
Bassist Jared Followill said "We could have sold out so much more. We turn stuff down contantly."
Vocalist Caleb Followill said he'd never seen Glee, but "apparently everybody loves it."
He added, "We got an offer to appear on an episode of Ugly Betty. They wanted us to play ourselves. We were supposed to come in and help her out with some problem or other."
Apparently KOL also turned down a huge deal that would feature their hit “Use Somebody” in a big A-list movie. "We had some people call us up wanting to know if we'd allow 'Use Somebody' to appear," Followill said. "Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie -- I won't name names, but he's an incredibly famous actor -- to let him try and convince us to agree to do it. I was like, 'Man, don't even waste your energy.'"
Do you think having your music in movies and television is considered selling out, or a smart idea?