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Queens of the Stone Age is a Hard Rock group from the Palm Desert Scene, formed in 1996 by guitarist Josh Homme after his previous band Kyuss disbanded. Originally titled Gamma Ray, they were forced to change their name after a threat of legal action from an already existing band. The name comes from a joke made by one of Kyuss's producers, but Homme has since given a different rationale behind it.The group started out by releasing two split CDs: one of the leftover Kyuss tracks and another with the group Beaver. The new material on those CDs and their first official album, Queens of the Stone Age in 1998, showed Josh Homme slowly breaking away from the musical stylings of Kyuss and coming into his own as an independent musician. However, the group found its identity with the release of Rated R in 2000, a mellower and more varied (but none-the-less hard) mix of stoner rock, grunge/alternative, classic rock and just a touch of heavy metal (with a few unorthodox musical experiments here and there, such as the use of steel drums in one song). The band solidified their newfound sense of identity with Songs For the Deaf in 2002. Largely abandoning their Stoner Rock origins in favor of a more accessible Hard Rock sound, it's a critically acclaimed album with the Grammy-nominated songs "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow" (which also found their ways into Guitar Hero and Rock Band, respectively). It is their best selling album and the only one with platinum certification.The group followed up with Lullabies to Paralyze in 2005 (named after a lyric from the track "Mosquito Song" from the previous album) and Era Vulgaris in 2007. While both were given good press and each had a Grammy nominated song, they were neither as successful or as highly regarded as Songs For the Deaf (although Lullabies was a top-five album while Songs was not).Joshua's other projects and acts he's performed with include Eagles Of Death Metal, which he rarely ever performs live with, Desert Sessions, Fu Manchu, earthlings?, Arctic Monkeys, UNKLE, Lupe Fiasco, and a bunch of other people.After a six-year break, ...Like Clockwork was released on June 3rd, 2013 to massive acclaim.Josh Homme is also part of the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones.They now have a awesome music page.
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