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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kings of Leon

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You probably know that Kings of Leon are made up of three brothers and their cousin. But did you know that an old photo of the four boys is hidden in one of their albums? It’s one of the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kings of Leon. Read more group trivia below, and at the bottom of the post, enter to win a signed ‘Collection Box’ box set and poster, as well as a t-shirt.


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The Followill brothers banged on drums during their preacher dad’s tent sermons

 
 

Back when their Pentecostal preacher dad used to haul them around the country for his job, Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill would occasionally join his services by banging on drums that were brought into the revivals.

 
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Their childhood was spent in a purple Oldsmobile driving through the South

 
 

The three Followill boys saw a lot of the South as their dad dragged them from state to state when they were young. And they saw it all through the windows of a purple 1988 Oldsmobile.

 
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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Their record company originally wanted to build a band around only two of them

 
 

When RCA first showed interest in signing the band, it wanted only Caleb and Nathan, with the intention of picking a backing group for them. But the brothers insisted on bringing in their little brother and cousin.

 
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Imeh Akpanudosen, Getty Images

Jared still hadn’t learned how to play bass when they recorded their first EP

 
 

Jared was only 16 when the band released their debut EP, 'Holy Roller Novocaine,' in 2003. Even though his brothers wanted him in the band, he still didn't know how to play his bass when they made the record.

 
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The title of their debut album was taken from one of their dad’s Bibles

 
 

The Followills found the title of their 2003 debut album, 'Youth & Young Manhood,' inside one of their dad's Bibles. They said it accompanied a picture of Moses' family tree.

 
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Val Doone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

They were huge in the U.K. long before they became famous in the U.S.

 
 

'Youth & Young Manhood' was a huge hit overseas, where it sold close to a million copies (it sold only 100,000 in the U.S.). The U.K. press also named it the best debut album in years.

 
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There’s a picture of the band as kids hidden in their second album

 
 

If you remove the plastic case that holds the disc of the band's second album, 2005's 'Aha Shake Heartbreak,' you'll find a photo of the four Followill boys taken years before they knew what 'Sex on Fire' meant.

 
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‘Use Somebody’ has been covered by boy bands, indie rockers and American Idols

 
 

Kings of Leon's biggest hit has been covered by more artists than we have the space to list here, including Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, One Direction, Bat for Lashes and 'American Idol''s Lee DeWyze.

 
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Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images

They once cut a concert short after a bird pooped on them

 
 

After pigeons did their business on Jared during a 2010 show in St. Louis, the band left the stage, citing a toxic health hazard. A year later they pulled the same thing in Dallas, but this time because Caleb was drunk.

 
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Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images

Their cousin Nacho is also their tour technician

 
 

Yes, Kings of Leon have another family member on their payroll -- their cousin, who serves as their tour technician and hits the road with them. And yes, his name is Nacho.

 

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