Kings of Leon is Good Enough for Gossip Girl But Not Glee
You might know Kings of Leon as the band that had to cancel a show recently because its bassist got crapped on by a pigeon. Or perhaps you know them from "Use Somebody," a bit of alterna-pop that got incessant radio play last summer. One place you won't know them from, however, is Glee, because Kings of Leon won't sell out, man. Most of the time, anyway.
Bass player Jared Followill told NME that the band denied Glee the use of its songs for an upcoming episode in season two. The band also said no to Ugly Betty (which wanted Kings of Leon to actually appear) and an "incredibly famous actor" who wanted to use a track in his next trailer. This is a band with integrity!
Except for that one time when Gossip Girl came calling. During the season two episode "Bonfire of the Vanity," three Kings of Leon songs appeared: the aforementioned "Use Somebody," "Sex on Fire" and "Closer." Of course that episode aired in 2008, long before they became moderately popular -- so it was all just a means to an end, right? Janis Joplin sang about Mercedes, so this is totally fine.
Proof of Kings of Leon's Gossip Girl appearance is sadly unembeddable, but that doesn't mean it isn't real. Head over to YouTube to hear their song "Closer" underscore a very emotional photo shoot featuring Blake Lively's Serena. Bonus: If you close your eyes real hard, you might be able to imagine that it's Cory Monteith doing the singing.