OFF THE SHELF: Queens of the Stone Age – Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age
[Loose Groove Records, 1998]


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“Who are you, girl? ‘Cause I’m so bored with myself anyway.”

Summer 1998. Silver Ford Ranger step-side. On the way home from painting houses all day in the disgusting heat of an Atlanta summer, me and my homie stop off to pick up Queens of the Stone Age’s first record. All I knew at the time was that it was the dude from Kyuss’ new band. Now, while I respected Kyuss, it was a band I never could really get into for whatever reason. I didn’t dislike it, the music just never stuck with me.

Queens, however, was a whole different animal. As soon as I hit play and “Regular John” hit my speakers with that droning, one note guitar riff and some weird mosquito-sounding guitar swells, I was hooked. It was perfect driving music. As the tune progressed, and Josh Homme’s melodic, hook-filled vocals dropped, there was no going back. The production, gritty and raw in all the right places, was spot-on. It was more big than heavy, but crushing nonetheless. Desert metal was born (for me anyway), and this album has since cemented itself into one of my all time favorites.

I was lucky enough to see these dudes with Dave Grohl on the Songs for the Deaf tour at the old Cotton Club and it was indeed religious. Tonight, however, my dudes will be playing the self-titled debut from start to finish. In it’s goddamn entirety. There are no words or instruments to measure this boner I’m packing.

See you at the rock show. Shit will be epic.

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