Nashville swamp-rockers (and band of brothers) Kings of Leon have released a video for “Notion,” their latest single off 2008’s divisive Only By the Night. The video is typical Kings — a performance video in a dark, grungy alleyway with extreme close-ups of weary-voiced lead singer Caleb Followill. Toward the end the building explodes, pretty much confirming this is the video that should have accompanied “Sex on Fire” instead of all that exorcism nonsense they ended up using. As singles go, the low-key “Notion” isn’t bad, but it’s not quite on par with the stunner “Use Somebody.” Though given the band’s uber-popularity (18 million YouTube views for “Sex on Fire” = wow), it won’t matter much to fans.
Time to settle something, Music Mixers: Do you love or really, really hate Kings of Leon? (There seems to be no middle ground.) What do you think about their single/video? And did they indeed sell-out by chopping off their classic rock-inspired locks? Discuss!