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Music / Eagles of Death Metal

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Front: Jesse Hughes. Back: Josh Homme.
Eagles of Death Metal are an American Garage Rock/Alternative Rock band from Palm Desert, California, formed in 1998 by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. Despite the name, Eagles of Death Metal are not a Death Metal band. And definitely have nothing to do with the Eagles. (As a side note, some of you might have heard of Josh Homme's other band.)

Hughes said that a friend was trying to introduce Josh Homme to the death metal genre. When he played a song by the Polish band Vader and made a claim that the song was death metal, Homme called them "The Eagles of death metal". After hearing this phrase, he wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. In a 2003 interview, Homme described the sound of the band as a combination of "bluegrass slide guitar mixed with stripper drum beats and Canned Heat vocals." Jesse Hughes is known and loved by fans for his enthusiastic and charismatic interaction with audiences at live performances.

They were performing at Le Bataclan theatre in Paris when it was attacked by Daesh terrorists on November 13, 2015 with 90 people in attendance being murdered. The band's performing members managed to escape the attack. They cancelled the rest of their 2015 European tour and returned to the United States.


  • I Am the Band: Josh and Jesse write and compose all of the songs.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Midnight Creeper is perhaps the second most cheerful song about a Serial Killer ever written.
  • The Nudifier: They're able to make people's clothes fly off with The Power of Rock in the video for "I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)".
  • Punk Rock/Garage Rock/Stoner Rock/Desert Rock Uh, for space sake let's just call them Alternative Rock
  • Revolving Door Band: Josh and Jesse are the only two original members, and Josh rarely ever plays live and yeah...
  • Super Group: Basically, a lot of the contributors are from others bands, so they could be called this.
  • Surreal Music Video: What the hell happened in "Wannabe in LA"?
  • Title-Only Chorus: "I Only Want You."
  • Wannabe Line: The point of the song "Silverlake", which has a recurring refrain of someone trying to get in.
    Don't be uncool man, 'cos the owner's like my best friend.
    Make sure you tell him girl, just how important that I am
    I am from Silverlake and therefore I don't give a damn
    Don't you know who I am
    Don't you know who I am
    So if you date this guy he's gonna let us in
    Don't be uncool baby, you know you are my everything.
    Make sure you tell him, girl, just how important that I am
    I am from Silverlake and I am in a "cool band"
    OK, I'm not the guy
    I might have said I am
    Its almost closing time c'mon, man
    Please just let me in.
    Can you not the see the style of hipster
    I most surely am
    I'm trying twice as hard as anyone you just let in.