The 10 best songs by Kyuss according to John Garcia
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Palm Desert quartet Kyuss released their debut album, 'Wretch' in 1991.
The band – who featured John Garcia, Josh Homme, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri – honed their craft by playing free shows at "generator parties" in the Californian desert. Before their split in 1995, the band released four full-length albums and would see Scott Reeder and Alfredo Hernández pass through their ranks. Their second album, Blues For The Red Sun was released in 1992 and is widely regarded as a stoner rock classic. Here, vocalist John Garcia – now fronting Vista Chino – combs through their legendary back catalogue to rank 10 of their definitive moments...
**10. THUMB **(Blues for the Red Sun, 1992)
Blues for the Red Sun was somewhat of a breakout record for Kyuss, and the first song on my list would be Thumb. When Josh (Homme) and Brant (Bjork) brought this melody and this song to me I never knew it was going to make as big an impact as it did, but it was always something we really enjoyed playing live. I remember the first time we played it in Milan, Italy. We didn’t know what to expect but it got quite the reception. I remember us not being able to hear ourselves because they were screaming the lyrics so loud at us. It was an amazing experience, and it’s a really cool song. I give credit where credit’s due, and Josh and Brant wrote a great song there.
**9. GARDENIA **(Welcome to Sky Valley, 1994)
This is a song that Brant Bjork wrote, and I still play it live to this day. I’m very proud of my past and I’m very proud of Kyuss – if people want to hear songs that I sing and the band Kyuss used to play, I’m more than happy to expose them to that. It’s not about whether or not you were lucky enough to hear the band back then. It’s still fun for me to inject these songs into songs that I’m doing in my set, and anybody who knows anything about my career knows that I don’t stay in one spot for very long. It’s my right to play whatever I want to play, whenever I want to play it, however I want to play it. It’s my God given right, and I’ll do so until the day that I die. So this is a song that I very much enjoy singing, and I think that the people like it too.
8. HURRICANE (...And the Circus Leaves Town, 1995)
Josh and I wrote this together, either in his bedroom or his garage. I don’t really think about how, where or when these songs came to be very often these days. As a matter of fact I don’t think about it at all. But Hurricane is just one of those fast, quick songs that we knew immediately was going to be on the record. And I’m still very much engaged with this song, and I have a strong relationship with it. At the moment it’s not in the set list for when I come back to London in July, but you never know it might be – I’m thinking about it.
**7. EL RODEO **(And the Circus Leaves Town, 1995)
This was another one of those songs that was done before we got in the studio in Sound City in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. But it took on a new shape once we got in the studio. It’s one of those tunes that’s stuck with me. And for lack of better words, it’s just fun to sing. We wanted to get that sound from the desert into the studio. And who was going to help us do that? Our conduit, our producer Chris Goss. He saw us out in the desert, and he saw us play in clubs in Los Angeles. And to be able to capture that live sound in the studio was fairly easy for him. As a band, we were young, passionate, and very hungry to get it down on tape and capture that energy from the live show. And Chris Goss did a great job.