Few critics would have dared to imagine that Homme’s next creative outlet, Queens of the Stone Age (QOTSA), would last more than twice as long as Kyuss to become a worldwide commercial powerhouse.
While QOTSA’s brutal riffmongering on their 1998 eponymous debut sparked a good deal of interest, it was 2000’s Rated R that broke them wide open, primarily because of “Feel Good Hit of the Summer.”
QOTSA’s real impact was felt with 2002’s conceptual Songs for the Deaf, which sold nearly a million copies and wound up being considered one of the greatest albums of the new millennium.
The following albums — 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007’s Era Vulgaris — sold well but the band went on semi-hiatus while the members at that point (QOTSA’s lineup has fluctuated constantly) all pursued side projects.
Homme’s bad reaction to knee surgery and subsequent bed rest and reflection (as well as rehearsals for the rereleased first album tour and the loss of longtime drummer Joey Castillo) led to the dark and seductive crunch of ...Like Clockwork, the band’s first new album in six years, its best reviewed work to date and the first QOTSA album to top the charts.Homme and his revolving cast of brilliant madmen have made Queens of the Stone Age one of the most eclectic and diversely appealing Rock bands of the past two decades, and ...Like Clockwork seems to indicate that there’s plenty more where that came from.
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