Never heard of King Khan & The Shrines? Loser. OK, OK, that was hurtful and unnecessary. But you are in serious danger of falling behind, so listen up. There’s only two things you need to know about King Khan. First, every song sounds like some awesome, party-down mash-up of James Brown & The Famous Flames’ “Get On Up” and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels’ “Devil With A Blue Dress On.” Let’s toss it over to Wikipedia for the second thing you need to know:
Antics and appearance
King Khan is noted across garage rock revival circles for his on-stage antics and appearance. His dress varies widely from song to song and performance to performance. At some times he can be seen wearing a flashy suit jacket and slacks and at other times he can be seen dressed scantily in tight black underwear and no shirt accompanied by a donkey-teeth necklace and a warrior helmet. When playing with BBQ, King Khan usually cross dresses or wears exotic attire. Even with widespread notoriety of Khan’s on-stage antics in the underground media, he has acknowledged that maturity is beginning to take over. He told Uptown Magazine, “When you’re in your 20s, you can get away with urinating on the public. When you’re in your 30s and you’re a dad (Khan has two daughters, ages 6 and 9), it’s just gross. We rely on the audience for the crazy antics now.” Khan gained considerable media coverage after pictures surfaced on TMZ.com and Vice Magazine of him putting his bare buttocks in the face of actress Lindsay Lohan after performing as part of the Almighty Defenders at the Cannes Festival.
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