Caleb Followill Is Not A Hipster

It was filmed a while back, but Caleb Followill’s appearance on Iron Chef just aired last night. As a judge, Followill is very kind, his harshest criticism basically being “not my favorite” (he also calls a meatball forgettable, but it’s sort of a compliment in the context). And, judging by his judgments, the Kings Of Leon frontman loves salt. Watch:

Meanwhile this more salacious news (“news,” ha) comes from a profile in Rolling Stone:

“I hate fucking hipsters. Everyone talks about indie this and indie that, but would you really want to be one of those indie bands that makes two albums and disappears? That’s just sad … When we signed on with our manager, we all said we wanted to have a box-set career. We’ll gladly be the next generation of bands that aren’t going anywhere.”

Them’s fighting words, though with whom we’re not sure. Shouldn’t the Followills and Williamsburgers be bonding over “unbelievably skinny jeans“?

Come Around Sundown is out tomorrow. Here’s our review.

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  2. Good thing the secret ingredient wasn’t pigeon shit.

  3. unnnnh… this video triggered a panic attack, thanks stereogum

  4. You can tell he just has no idea what he’s talking about.
    On Iron Chef, not in the quote.
    Although he probably doesn’t much know what he’s talking about in the quote either.

    • In that regard, I can’t really get down on the guy. If someone offered me the opportunity to eat and judge ridiculously extravagant food on television, I’d do it in a heartbeat. And my cooking experience includes pb+j and pizza rolls.

      • Oh no, I totally agree with you. Don’t get me wrong, I’d do the same, and everything i cook comes from a box. And I’m probably not the best public speaker out there either.
        But I just think it’s hilarious to watch.
        “I wanna put it in my beard and save it for later.” How eloquent, Caleb.

  5. They hate hipsters but love their money. Funny thing, that is. Reminds me of Billy Corgan after the Pumpkins broke, and he went mental on bands like Pavement because people “fall in love” to the Pumpkins but not Pavement.

    • Interesting you say that about Pumpkins/Pavement. When they played Charlotte, Billy did an impromptu “question/answer” session in lieu of a failed soundcheck that a select few were able to watch. I asked what he thought of bands like Pavement getting together and playing festivals like Coachella and such after long a long absense. He replied to me, “That’s great, do they have 2 albums in Spin’s top 50 albums of the decade? If they came in here(Fillmore Charlotte) they wouldn’t fill half of it compared to us”. Didn’t really know what to make of this, but found it interesting nonetheless.

  6. i WISH kol would have made 2 albums and then disappeared.

  7. Who would win in a fight, Caleb Followill or anyone who played Matador 21?

  8. Caleb does make a good point.

    As it turns out, my girlfriend and I were just discussing all things indie. It was a rather profound conversation, she of course proclaiming “indie this,” myself retorting “bull$hit, indie that.”

  9. Holy shit I hate Iron Chef America so much.

  10. The queens of leon should just focus on making more of that far-out forgettable music.

  11. When he says “hipsters” what he means is Pitchfork. Money quote from their 3.8 review of “Only By the Night”.

    “Next thing you know, “Sex on Fire” starts and Kings of Leon’s fourth album has peaked after seven minutes. Surely, we can do better for the platonic ideal of a rock band than four guys gunning for a spot rightfully inhabited by My Morning Jacket but instead coming up with the best songs 3 Doors Down never wrote.”

    Ouch.

  12. The term “hipster” is such a catch-all, amorphous bogeyman that it has absolutely no meaning to me. I’m much more annoyed by the people who incessantly rail against “hipsters” than anything else.

  13. I’m not sure these guys could get any more pretentious. I really don’t know that much about the band, and have never intentionally listened to their music (although mass media has forced it into my ears a time or two (no accounting for the public’s taste))……….but every interview with or blurb about these guys that I’ve read leads me to believe they are going the way of Oasis very quickly…………that is to say self-important assholes who make people cringe every time they open their mouths.

    Just saying.

    • Oasis may be huge assholes, but I’m still a fan. Aha Shake Heartbrake is my favorite KOL album, and I still enjoy listening to it every now and then.

      • I agree…Noel had a tendency to be hilarious and do an occasional amazing interview. As for these guys, I disagree but see where he’s coming from…Pitchfork did give terribly condescending and cynical reviews to their first three albums, so maybe he’s expressing that even when they were trying to be “authentic”, so-called indie rejected him. So maybe he’s just saying making music to fit a label is pointless…or I could be giving him way to much credit.

  14. Is the term “indie” even relevant anymore?

  15. It really is a shame and somewhat ironic given his quote, but their first two albums were really damn good. That being said, it’s not very rock and roll to be on Iron Chef, indie or not my man.

  16. Man, I wish they’d just go away. They’re like a self-important Weezer.

  17. Uh oh. Someone didn’t like their Premature Evaluation!

  18. i like his american apparel scarf in the picture….

  19. I think we should hold back on the criticism of KoL.. yeah I agree their new stuff isn’t great and they are getting a bit too pretentious but they did write amazing songs and you can’t take that away from them.

    When we compare their new stuff to the old stuff of course it’s going to look bad, their first three albums were genius. I pretty much guarantee that when you listen to something like “taper jean girl”, “the bucket” or “fans” you won’t press skip.

    speaking of bands whose earlier songs are amazing, where the hell is jack white, tell him to get his ass back in the studio with meg.

  20. Just cause you’re a self proclaimed “foody” and happen to be famous, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for you to be a food critic! Hey Caleb Followill, I’m a music critic all of a sudden, haven’t heard your latest major label piece of shit, but you’re last two records sucked ass!

  21. Of course they hate hipsters. Self-loathing is an important part of the hipster ensemble.

  22. I’m tired of this shit; this could possibly be the most frustrating time in music, period.
    Caleb Followill’s bitching is a prime example of the vexatious ideals these people he, “hates”, constantly display. Their, “love”, for music is defined by who they dislike…it’s just sad…

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