Posts Tagged ‘queens of the stone age’

8 musical questions

Here’s a fun little thing to try. It’s one of those musical question things that all the kids seem to like so much. Well, I don’t know about this one. Let’s give it a try. Because it’s late and I don’t have anything else ready to write today. Musical memes are the lazy man’s blogging material.

8 Simple Questions

What you do is pick a band. Any band. Could be your favorite band or just random artist. Then you answer the eight questions using just song titles from that band.

Here are the 8 questions:

Who are you?
Where would you rather be?
How do others feel about you?
How do you feel about yourself?
What do you want to do with your life?
Describe your current mood.
Describe your friends.
Share a few words of wisdom.

I’ll go first. Of course, I’ll use Queens of the Stone Age.

Who are you? a Regular John
Where would you rather be? River In The Road
How do others feel about you? Everybody Knows That You’re Insane
How do you feel about yourself? You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
What do you want to do with your life? Hispanic Impressions
Describe your current mood. Auto Pilot
Describe your friends. Sick, Sick, Sick
Share a few words of wisdom. God Is In The Radio

Sometimes, you just have to squeeze something in to make it fit. It doesn’t have to be true. Besides, I do a mean Hispanic impression.

If you want to add any questions, feel free.


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art every day – 11/9/107

it's all i got when you're in my head

Day 9 of art every day: “It’s all I got when you’re in my head”

I felt completely uninspired today and was about to give up all hope when this song came on.

I keep on playin our favorite song
I turn it up while you’re gone
It’s all i got when you’re in my head and you’re in my head so i need it

Queens of the Stone Age – In My Head

I grabbed the headphones, took a couple of shots, fooled around with one and got this. It was the best I could do today, but I am determined to do this every single day.

This is a great song, by the way. It reminds me of the pure pop love songs that used to play on the AM stations back in the 70’s. It’s got the melody, the hook, the harmonies…it makes me feel good all over. I like to put on the headphones and get into my own little groove with this one. It’s also a great driving song, one of those 70 degrees, windows down, hair blowing in the wind singalongs.

Here, listen to it.

Happy Friday.

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art every day – 11/1/107

For the interested, I’ve started a flickr group for this project. There are 18 members already! For previous reference, see here.

Day 1 – Queens of the Stone Age – I Think I Lost My Headache

i think i lost my headache  11/1
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I decided to start the project off with my own musical suggestions for a number of reasons. The main reason being that today was a hell of a day. Headache, stress, stomach ache, stress, work, work…it felt like no matter how hard or fast I worked, I couldn’t get my desk clean. Every time I turned around there were more things added to the clutter. The office seemed too noisy today, everyone annoyed me…just one of those days. I knew it was going to be that kind of day when I woke up with headache and with the feeling like the world was going to implode on me any second. I fought the feeling most of the day, got motivated enough to dig into my work and then just waited for the hours to crawl by and for the day to end.

When I got in my car after work, I just sat there for a few minutes, breathing deeply. Or, more like sighing deeply. The ache behind my eye had traveled and multiplied. My brain, my sinuses, my eyes, my teeth, everything was pulsating in time to the blaring of someone’s car alarm. I did some more deep breathing, chewed a handful of fruity Tums, grimaced and started driving home.

I came home, swallowed a couple of much needed pills, made a pot of coffee and waited.

At last. I Think I Lost My Headache. And gained some inspiration.

And that’s day one.

Over at Creative Every Day, you can find a list of people participating in Art Every Day.

Bonus – QOTSA doing the tune live

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So Anthony Kiedis named his son Everly Bear, after his favorite band and his favorite animal.

What if we all followed suit? My next kid (which I am never, ever having, bite your tongue for even thinking it)would be named Queens of the Stone Age Squirrel.

I suppose we could call him QOTSAS for short. Or just QOT. Which sounds sort of Star Trek/Farscape-ish.

And I know what you’re thinking. Who the hell picks a squirrel as a favorite animal?

It was either that or a cow. And I only like cows for eating.

“This is my son, Queens of the Stone Age Cow. We call him “Burger” for short.”

So what’s your kid’s name?

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300 bands, 300 songs (19): QOTSA

This would be the toughest one of all and it gets its own post. My favorite Queens of the Stone Age Song. I am not kidding when I say I spent days agonizing over this. It’s like trying to choose your favorite child. Hell, that’s even easier, depending on which child is aggravating the hell out of you that particular day.

In case you didn’t know, QOTSA is my favorite band. Obviously, that’s going to make the choice more difficult. What I finally did was break it down by album. One song from each*.

Rated R – Auto Pilot
Lullabies to Paralyze – Broken Box
QOTSA – Give The Mule What He Wants
Era Vulgaris – Suture Up Your Future
* subject to change weekly

And what it came down to was a song from Songs For The Deaf. Of all things, the hidden song.

19. Queens of the Stone Age – Mosquito Song
Of all the QOTSA songs I have hit “repeat” on, I’d say I’ve listened to this one the most. I’ve analyzed it, dreamed about it and even wrote a very short story based on it.

I fell in love with this song a long time ago, but had another fling with it a few weeks ago when I went through a hardcore Songs for the Deaf stage. I would get to the end of the CD and just keep hitting repeat on this song. Something about it. Something secret and dark and foreboding. The words. The music. His voice. Oh, his voice. All of us food, that hasn’t died. I had this CD in the car when I drove to upstate, NY for a family vacation a few years ago. Again, hitting repeat on this one song, driving through the dense mountains and winding roads of Roscoe, NY just as it’s about to get dark, the words perform a fitting tribute to the sounds that play over the music – a constant buzz that is not just one bug, but thousands and thousands of all different breeds of insects waiting for a body to pounce on, a dead animal to feast on. They come in from the waters when the lights go down, hiding from the bats that have come out for dinner. You roll up the car windows to drown out the sound, and to keep out anything that might be lurking in the woods because we all know that things lurk out here at night.

Fat and soft, pink and weak
Foot and thigh, tongue and cheek
You know I’m told they swallow you whole
Skin and bone
Cutting boards and hanging hooks
Bloody knives, cooking books
Promising you won’t feel a thing
At all

This song is a horror movie waiting to be written. There are a LOT of theories out there as to what this song is about (the most common theory is drug addiction, which, given the history of the band and Homme, is not surprising), but I like to go with my own vision of what’s going on between the words and the music.

The music on this song is full and deep and melodic in an almost hypnotizing sort of way. It’s got strings and horns and accordion and features a host of musicians including Dean Ween and Paz Lenchantin. When the music swells up (about 3 minutes into the song) after a quiet break, it’s one of those pieces of a song that takes you along for the ride with it; you can feel it in your soul, even if what you feel is somewhat creepy; it makes me think of a sinister orchestra playing somewhere in hell. It’s a fitting end to an album that is heavy and forceful. While the whole album has a somewhat dark feel to it, it’s up to this very mellow, almost sweet sounding track to wrap that darkness up.

There’s no video for the song, so the best I can do is link you to someone’s homemade video of it, just so you can hear the song (if you haven’t already).

See here for explanation of this and previous songs.
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Carin emails and says:

Isn’t it time for a music post? I’m itching to get some new music …I want something I’d enjoy as much as QOTSA, but (obviously) someone else.

Ask and ye shall receive at ABV.

I really don’t feel like uploading songs tonight, so we’re gonna go with youtube. If you like any of these songs/bands, let me know and I’ll share the wealth. Also, not all these bands are like QOTSA, but you may dig them anyhow, Carin.

I also put this under the “best music you never heard” heading even though I know a lot of you know these bands, it’s just easier to keep track of my music posts that way.

First up, Fu Manchu. Heavy, groovy and funky, this band is the musical equivalent of a 71 Chevelle SS. They are all fast cars and airbrushed vans and girls in tube tops.

Next up is Clutch. One of my all time favorite bands, I describe them to the unchristened as early Black Sabbath meets Frank Zappa. Their entire catalog rocks my ass off.


So you’re having a party. It’s going to be the kind of party where there’s so many people, they won’t fit into backyard and they will spill over into your living room and kitchen, maybe even the front yard. There will be things going on the bedroom that you only hear about in whispered rumors weeks later. There will be shattered glass, vomit on the bathroom floor, overturned chairs, tire tracks on your lawn, a turd floating in your pool and several wall holes that will need spackling. At some point there will be the sound of sirens wailing through your neighborhood. The neighbors will complain about the loud, offensive music, the foul-mouthed kids stealing their lawn jockeys, the near-comatose girl on their patio and the car parked on their rhododendrons. Someone will ride a bicycle through your house. Someone will attempt to jump from the second story bedroom window into your pool, and probably miss. The next door neighbor’s 12 year old son will sneak into the party and develop a new vocabulary as well as a drug habit. Your dog will get stoned. There will be a court appearance in your future.

Apocalypse Dudes is the only music selection you need for this party.

Supersuckers: I can’t tell you how much I love this band. This is the kind of music playing in the background of a heated poker game where large, mustached men in denim vests and ten gallon hats drink moonshine and accuse each other of cheating and occasionally pull out a six shooter to make a point. It’s music that belongs on a half warped cassette tape that you shove into the tape deck of your 20 year old car and you sing out loud along with it as your car backfires almost in time to the songs. It reminds you at once of the lights of Vegas, of dirt roads, of Satan and deserts and bar fights and motorcycles. It’s rock and roll, Texas style. And it’s some of the best damn music ever put down on vinyl.

New Bomb Turks – fast, fueled rock and roll, perfect to drive to if you don’t mind speeding tickets. Aggressive speed punk. The kind of stuff that makes you wonder if you should bang your head or start a pit.

Hellacopters: It’s hard, it’s evil, it’s fun, it’s something you listen to while you are doing shots of some illegal liquor that you set on fire before throwing down your throat. And they are LOUD. Like good music is supposed to be. It’s like listening to angry sex. Those Swedes know how to rock.

Rocket From The Crypt – Go out right now and buy their album Scream, Dracula, Scream. Right now. It’s that good. If you don’t own it, you are really missing out on something spectacular. Drunken bar room brawling music.

I could literally do this all night. But this post is getting too long so I’ll stop here. The videos aren’t the best quality, but you can get the idea. And like I said, anything you want more of, just ask. I’m all about getting people to listen to the stuff I like.

Let me know if you listened/watched/enjoyed/hated it.

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Pretty busy this weekend. So here’s my favorite Queens of the Stone Age song (this week).

Enjoy. Back tonight. Maybe.

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