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YMMV: Queens of the Stone Age
  • Awesome Music: Enough to garner its own page.
  • Award Snub: Many people did not take kindly to the band losing the "Best Rock Performance" Grammy to Imagine Dragons. Josh Hommme even lampshaded this during a live performance soon after, jokingly announcing that he was performing an Imagine Dragons cover. Needless to say, the audience was not amused by this.
  • Covered Up: I'm going out west, where the wind blows tall...
    • The song "Make it Wit Chu" was actually written by the band Desert Sessions. Though, Josh Homme is in both bands, so it's technically a subversion.
      • Again with the song "Avon" which was released earlier with Desert Sessions.
  • Crazy Awesome: Nick Oliveri. Emphasis on the crazy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire" is one of the most popular songs on Songs for the Deaf, but was never released as a single.
    • "Smooth Sailing" is the most popular song on ...Like Clockwork , and appears primed to be the next single.
    • Basically the entire first album. Until the reissue, it was extremely difficult to find, but is extremely popular in the fandom and contains classic tracks like "Mexicola," "Regular John," "Walkin' on the Sidewalks," "How to Handle a Rope," and "You Can't Quit Me Baby."
    • As for band members:
      • Nick Oliveri, known for playing naked on stage, being a druggie, a wife beater, and many other bad things.
      • Troy Van Leeuwen is also fairly well known. It helps that he's a Tall, Dark and Handsome Sharp-Dressed Man.
      • Joey Castillo, while commonly seen as a Replacement Scrappy due to having to live up to Dave Grohl, many found his crazy fast drumming style to be appealing.
      • Jon Theodore, though that's what happens when the guy from The Mars Volta to drum for you.
      • Michael Shuman is pretty popular, but he's mostly only known as "that bassist with the horrifying scream".
  • Epic Riff: Lots.
  • Epileptic Trees: Every song is about Nick Oliveri. Yes, even "Make it Wit Chu" and "Skin on Skin".
  • Fandom Rivalry: QOTSA fans outright despise Imagine Dragons due to the Grammy incident (see Award Snub above).
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Nine Inch Nails.
    • In 2014 the bands have embarked on a joint tour where they decide who will perform first by the toss of a coin.
  • Magnum Opus: Either Songs for the Deaf or ...Like Clockwork.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Mosquito Song" is the most terrifying thing. It's about being eaten alive.
  • Ships That Pass In The Night: "I Sat By The Ocean" contains the trope name as lyrics.
  • Signature Song: "No One Knows" or "Go With The Flow".
  • Tear Jerker: "I Appear Missing," which seems to be about Josh Homme's near-death experience and ensuing four-month bedridden depression during the recording of ...Like Clockwork.
    • "How to Handle a Rope," despite being freaking awesome the lyrics are seriously depressing.
    • Their cover of "Christian Brothers," like Elliott Smith's original.
    • "I Never Came."
    • "...Like Clockwork."

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