Queens of the Stone Age are set to release their 7th Studio album “Villains” this month. We can expect something completely different to the rest of the QOTSA as it sounds like producer Mark Ronson has made the band sound danceable and dark. You can also hear some of fallout from the Post Port Depression album that Homme released with Iggy Pop in March of last year.
Ronson has worked with Bruno Mars, Adele and Amy Winehouse so this should be something completely different from QOTSA.
“I think maybe music people might not understand the vast overlap of the curves between Ronson and Queens,” Homme said. “If you listen to ‘Uptown Funk,’ you hear that tight, kind of vacuous dry sound, and that’s where I wanted to take this new Queens record. I wanted it to be like our record Songs for the Deaf, but looking at it with goggles on underwater – that kind of clarity. Also, he’s as obsessed with drum beats as I am.”
Have a listen to The Way You Used to Do and see what you think.
Any way to celebrate the release of the latest QOTSA album we thought we would dig out some Queens facts for you to wrap your head around. “Villains” will be released on the on the 25th of August 2017.
Before Queens of the Stone Age there was Kyuss. Kyuss released four albums and have a cult notoriety. They were kicked off the 1993 Metallica for being "too good" and had split by 1995.
Homme went on to play with Mark Lanegan and The Screaming Tree after Kyuss split. When QOTSA first formed it was comprised of ex-Kyuss members.
The name came from longtime producer and collaborator Chris Goss (Monster Magnet) he described Josh Homme and the rest of the band as his queens of the stone age and the name stuck. Originally the bad were called Gamma Ray and had to change their name due to legal action threatened by a German outfit with the same name.
Homme said, “Kings would be too macho. The Kings Of The Stone Age wear armour and have axes and wrestle. The Queens Of The Stone Age hang out with the Kings Of The Stone Age’s girlfriends when they wrestle. Rock should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone’s happy and it’s more of a party.”
The Queens of the Stone Age were ejected from a rehabilitation centre where the were booked to play a song for opening with"Feel Good Hits Of The Summer."
Homme and Oliveri came up with the lyrics “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol” by listing all the drugs they had taken after a three day bender.
When QOTSA were recording their second album Rated R. Rob Halford of Judas Priest was in the room next door. Nick Oliveri got chatting to him while outside having a cigarette and asked if he would be up for recording a bit of vocals. When he came into the studio Halford spotted the lyrics to "Feel Good Hits of the Summer" and said “A rock’n’roll cocktail, I know this one.”
Josh Homme has an Ovation Ultra GP which they don't make anymore. Its the guitar he uses in the No One Knows video. When on tour no one was allowed to touch the guitar except Homme. He has said "It's been broken twice and both times I threw a punch."
At 6 foot 4 I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end.
In 2010 Homme died on the operating table while receiving knee surgery. Obviously he was resuscitated but when he found out he got the QOTSA guys back together to make ...Like Clockwork.
During the Song for the Deaf tour a support group for those who were hard of hearing turned up. There was quite a few of them. One of the attendees was holding a balloon so he could feel the vibrations. They received a full refund and an apology for the confusion.
Bass player Nick Oliveri was arrested after a backstage brawl with Terrorvision at the Big Day Out festival at Milton Keynes in 1999.
They brawl scared Terrorvision so much that they asked their management to be moved into separate hotels.
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