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Music: Queens of the Stone Age
"Life's a study of dying- how to do it right."
Queens of the Stone Age, "Song for the Dead"

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.

Studio Albums

  • Queens of the Stone Age (1998)
  • Rated R (2000)
  • Songs For the Deaf (2002)
  • Lullabies to Paralyze (2005)
  • Era Vulgaris (2007)
  • ...Like Clockwork (2013)

Current Band Members

Notable Past Members:

  • Dave Grohl: Drums (2002 and 2013)
  • Joey Castillo: Drums (2002-2012)
  • Nick Oliveri: Bass (1998-2004)

This band and their music contains examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: At the beginning of "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire," the DJ says "I need a saga. What's the saga? It's Songs for the Deaf. You can't even hear it!"
    • The album version of the song also contains a track hidden in the pregap called "The Real Song For The Deaf" which consists mainly of low frequencies that deaf people may be able to detect.
    • Interestingly, the title of "Lullabies to Paralyze" is dropped on its predecessor album.
    • Averted on ...Like Clockwork, despite a Title Track.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: Josh, big time.
  • Audience Participation Song: The aaah-aaah-aaahs in "Burn the Witch."
  • Author Appeal: Josh seems to have an odd thing for cannibalism and references it in a lot of songs and music videos. Including, but not necessarily limited to.
    • "Avon"
    • "Leg of Lamb"
    • "Sick Sick Sick" (Music Video)
    • "Mosquito Song"
    • "Someone's in the wolf"
    • "Tension Head"
    • "I Never Came"
    • "Run Pig Run"
  • Binge Montage: Ultra condensed in the form of "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer"
    • And now there's the videoclip from Smooth Sailing, from ...Like Clockwork
  • Berserk Button: Throw a bottle at Josh Homme, and he'll call you gay.
    • Moshing into women in front of Josh is also a very bad idea.
    • As is beating your girlfriend.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: "Someone's In The Wolf"
  • Black Comedy: One of the fake radio bumpers on "Songs For The Deaf" includes a DJ slapping a crying baby.
  • Book Ends: "If Only" starts with the rhythm guitar, followed up by the drums, a sweet bassline, and some keys. The outro of the song ends in reverse order.
    • Also, the series of videos for ...Like Clockwork made by British visual artist Boneface. The series started with the bandaged guy from "I Appear Missing" and closes the loop with him in "My God Is The Sun", only to find his way back from where he started.
  • Burn the Witch!: A song off Lullabies to Paralyze
  • Call Back: At the end of "The Sky is Falling," a DJ at KRNL ("We ruin music for everyone!") announces that the next song he's going to play is "Millionaire" by Queens of the Stone Age, which was the first track on the album. The station is changed before the song begins again.
    • Call Forward: "A Song For the Deaf" plays in the background of the DJ's introduction to "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire."
    • "Millionaire" was actually the name of the demo version of You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar...
    • In "Fairweather Friends" (on ...Like Clockwork), as in "Walkin' on the Sidewalks" (on their debut, Queens of the Stone Age), the narrator wants to escape the cares of the world with his girlfriend to "drink wine and screw."
    • "Long Slow Goodbye" references the closing track of every previous QOTSA album and foreshadows the next one:
      • The rhythmic telephone beeping references "I Was a Teenage Hand Model."
      • The presence of a post-song horn section references "I Think I Lost My Headache."
      • The melody of the horn section is similar to the horns in "Mosquito Song."
      • The melody of the horns also harmonizes with the outro of "Running Joke," the closer on some versions of Era Vulgaris.
    • "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" references lyrics of "Regular John" and "Better Living Through Chemistry."
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Josh Homme.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Josh Homme swears a lot when you push his buttons.
    • "Six Shooter" could be considered one, if you take its short one-minute length into account.
  • Concept Album: Songs For the Deaf uses fake radio bumpers and the changing of stations as a framing device. It might also explain the heavily compressed audio, but whether it's intentional or just another victim of the Loudness War is unknown. Each song on the album represents a different radio station the protagonist turns to as he drives ("You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire" is the 'screamo' station, "God is in the Radio" is a religious radio station, etc).
    • Lullabies to Paralyze is (loosely) a concept album as well, described by Josh Homme as "starting in the darkness and reaching for the light." In this way it mirrors Songs For the Deaf, which starts out relatively light but ends up incredibly dark (the final few songs are some of the band's grimmest, with the last being a disturbing tale of cannibalism).
    • ...Like Clockwork may be a concept album as well, (seemingly) telling the story of a man recruited into an apocalyptic cult shortly before the end of the world.
  • Cover Version: A cover of The Kinks' "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" appears at the end of the UK/Japan limited edition version of Songs For The Deaf. At one point they even did "Who'll Be The Next In Line."
  • Darker and Edgier: Lullabies To Paralyze was this to some extent. It was decidedly darker and more sinister-sounding than the previous three QOTSA albums, no doubt due in part to all the turmoil surrounding Nick Oliveri's firing a year before its release.
    • Songs for the Deaf was considerably darker than Rated R and the Self-Titled Album. The overall tone is a lot more grim, with songs like "Song for the Dead," "Go With the Flow," and "God is in the Radio" having a dark, ominous sort of groove to them. There's also a song about cannibalism.
    • And Lullabies to Paralyze was even darker than Songs for the Deaf.
    • The band took it Up to Eleven with ...Like Clockwork, which is easily their darkest and most brooding album yet.
  • Deus Est Machina: "God Is On The Radio"
  • Double Entendre: "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" could be implying a musical hit, or one of the narcotics listed in the song.
  • Driven to Suicide: The meaning of the song "How To Handle a Rope."
  • Drugs Are Bad: Generally averted, as Homme has shades of The Hedonist and did, after all, write "Feel Good Hit of the Summer." But Oliver's severe drug problems ended up being part of what got him thrown out (the other part was his habit of beating his girlfriend), and the cause of his many legal woes, including the infamous SWAT standoff.
  • Dude Sounds Like A Lady: Josh can hit some pretty feminine sounding high notes in songs like "I Never Came" and "In My Head" and Troy can do some feminine sounding backing vocals. Especially on and "Make it Wit Chu" and "Smooth Sailing" where his backing vocals seriously sound like a woman.
  • Epic Rocking: "Someone's In the Wolf" (7:15), and "I Think I Lost My Headache" (8:40), along with several other songs lasting the better part of 6 minutes.
    • During early performances, songs on the Self-Titled Album were expanded drastically. Some performances of "You Can't Quit Me Baby" lasted nearly twenty minutes.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: "You Would Know" uses scissors and a telephone for percussion.
    • "Regular John" includes a telephone beeping rhythmically in the background.
    • As does "Long, Slow Goodbye."
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Josh Homme is perhaps one of the biggest Real Life causes of Stupid Sexy Flanders ever.
  • Every Episode Ending: A Song For The Dead is always the final song played live.
  • Exploitation Film: The video for "3's & 7's". It captures the feel of the golden age of Seventies exploitation films quite nicely.
  • Fading into the Next Song: Several times on ...Like Clockwork, most notably the incredibly awesome build-up at the end of "If I Had a Tail" leading into "My God is the Sun."
  • Fairy Tales: A theme in Lullabies to Paralyze, though it arguably first showed up in "Mosquito Song" on Songs for the Deaf (the track Lullabies to Paralyze got its name from).
  • Heroic BSOD: "I Appear Missing," based on Homme's near-death experience, four-month inability to walk, and depression, each of which caused the next during the recording of ...Like Clockwork.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: "Mosquito Song", the video for "Sick, Sick, Sick"
  • I Am the Band: Josh Homme on the first album wrote all the songs along with Alfredo Hernandez, and now he's the only original member left.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: "Sick Sick Sick" can be nigh-incomprehensible.
  • Instrumentals: "Lightning Song", "Hispanic Impressions", "Spiders and Vinegaroons" and "These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For"
  • Intercourse with You: "Make It Wit Chu". Additionally: "Do It Again", "Skin On Skin"
  • In the Name of the Moon: Josh Homme has been known to react violently to hecklers, and whenever he gets pissed the first thing he always says is "Hey you!"
  • I Will Wait for You: "This Lullaby"
  • Keet: Michael, the bassist. Seriously, just look how hyper he is. Although, if you don't want to look, all you need to know is that on stage, he constantly headbangs and shakes his body like crazy all over the place.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Josh Homme has the name of his grandparents, Cap and Cam, tattooed on his knuckles [1]
    • He now has the initials of his son, Orrin Ryder Homme, on the lower knuckles of his right hand.
  • Last Note Nightmare: "I Think I Lost My Headache", "Make It Wit Chu"
  • Lighter and Softer: Arguably Era Vulgaris compared to Lullabies To Paralyze, as the album was considerably more catchy and less grim-sounding (...with the exception of "Sick Sick Sick"). Also Rated R compared to the band's S/T album.
    • "Make It Wit Chu" in Era Vulgaris is surely not the song you'd expect from this band. It's definitely their lightest song yet.
    • QOTSA, in general, is this compared to Josh Homme's prior band.
  • List Song: "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer"
  • Lolicon: The protagonist of "Quick and To The Pointless."
  • Long Title: "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire.", "I Think I Lost My Headache", "How To Handle a Rope (A Lesson In The Lariat)", "The Fun Machine Took A Shit And Died".
    • ""You Got A Killer Scene There, Man..."", "These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For", "I Was A Teenage Hand Model"... damn.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Despite how cynical and sarcastic his music often is (and how temperamental he can sometimes be), Josh is actually known to be a very nice and friendly person in real life.
  • Metaphorgotten: "If you wanna fight, go to a gay bar, because I will fuck you in the ass!"
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Six Shooter," which runs at 1:19 and still manages to pack in quite a few swear words, along with "Quick And To The Pointless" at 1:42.
  • Mushroom Samba: "Monsters In The Parasol"
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally in the 4 to 7 range. Occasionally they'll go down to a 3 ("In The Fade") or up to a high 8 ("Tension Head", "Keep Your Eyes Peeled").
    • Unusually, "Make It Wit Chu" is a 2.
  • Motif: On the Self-Titled Album, multiple songs reference telephones in some way:
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Let us count all the ways this trope has been ZigZagged:
    • Subverted with the mysterious Carlo Von Sexron. Carlo played pianos, keyboards and bass on the first album and is very well known by the fandom. note 
    • Averted with Nick Oliveri on the next two. He is very well known throughout the fandom for things such as playing naked on stage, being a junkie, being a wife beater and getting arrested twice.
    • Averted again with Troy for the next next two albums. Troy has a sizable fanbase of his own, mostly for being neatly dressed.
    • Played straight with the session bassists Van Conner and Milo Beenhakker who only showed up on EPs and Demo tapes in very early recordings.
    • Subverted with Michael Shuman, he has a decent size fanbase and gained a bigger one after Josh complimented his band Mini Mansions.
  • Non-Indicative Name: They're all male, not royalty and thoroughly modern, but the Non-royalty Male Members of the Modern Age just doesn't have the same ring to it.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Sick Sick Sick," "If I Had a Tail"
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Josh performs "I Never Came" without a guitar, which makes many fans feel a tad awkward.
  • The Pete Best: No one knows who Alfredo Hernandez or Gene Trautman are.
  • Precision F-Strike: From the "My God is the Sun" video:
    THE END IS REALLY FUCKING NIGH
    • On the music end, "A Song For the Deaf" has the line "The blind can go get fucked..."
    • Subverted at the very end of "Fairweather Friends," which censors its would-be swear word with a beep. The actual album (...Like Clockwork) is a Double-Subversion, as the very next song, "Smooth Sailing," ends its first verse with the line "Fuckin' bon voyage!"
  • The Power of Blood: "The Blood Is Love"
  • Rock Trio: Let us, again, count how many times this has been the case:
    • From 1997-1998 the only three members were Josh, Nick, and Alfredo.
    • The only core studio members on the album Lullabies to Paralyze were Josh, Troy, and Joey.
      • This was also the case with the album Era Vulgaris.
  • Shout-Out: "I want you to notice/when I'm not around" in "You Can't Quit Me Baby."
  • Signature Style: Weird tuning, odd timing on the vocals and bass, fuzzy guitars, bizarre lyrics, and unique drum fills.
  • Slasher Smile: "Beware the smile/It hides all the teeth, my dear"
  • The Something Song: "Lightning Song," "Mosquito Song," "Another Love Song."
  • Soprano and Gravel: "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar But I Feel Like a Millionaire" alternates between screamed and sung vocals.
  • Stable Time Loop: The ...Like Clockwork videos are this. The man from I Appear Missing is killed by the man from Kalopsia, who's killed by the man from Keep Your Eyes Peeled, who's killed by the woman from If I Had a Tail, and then they're all killed again by the... whatever it is in the My God Is the Sun video. And then the man from I Appear Missing is back where he started...
  • The Stoner: Subverted, Josh was a stoner at one point in his life, but he quit. Though, in the early 2000s at least, it was kind of hard to believe he wasn't stoned off his ass with moments like this.
  • Stylistic Suck: The guitars on "I'm Designer" are purposefully detuned.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "Smooth Sailing", in a surprisingly clean way.
    It's all in motion
    No stopping now
    I've got nothing to lose
    And only one way up
    • This is very clean, considering Josh Homme's stage manner and the fact that he drops the mother of all curses a mere ten seconds later
    I'm burning bridges
    I destroy the mirage
    Visions of collisions
    Fucking bon voyage!
  • Super Group: The Songs For The Deaf line-up was essentially a 90's alt rock supergroup, with Josh Homme & Nick Oliveri from Kyuss, Mark Lanegan from Screaming Trees and Dave Grohl.
    • One could say they pretty much are one now, with band mates from many various other bands.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: "Song For The Deaf"
  • Title by Number: 3's and 7's
  • Title Track: "A Song for the Deaf," "Era Vulgaris," "...Like Clockwork"
  • Vocal Tag Team: Though Josh is the lead vocalist on a majority of their songs, Songs for the Deaf has Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan each singing lead on four of the album's fourteen songs, with Mark sharing duties with Josh on "A Song for the Deaf".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: At least half of their songs are comprised entirely of this, while others have snippets thrown in. In fact, Josh Homme himself has mentioned that he often writes lyrics in a deliberately vague manner so that the listener can interpret them in any way he/she chooses.

* kzzetrt* ''It's been a good night. Dave Catching here. Not saying 'good night'... just saying.''*kzzztr*
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