The 11 best Queens Of The Stone Age songs chosen by Jesse Hughes
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At the age of seven, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes was moved from his hometown of South Carolina to Palm Desert, California, after his mother made the decision to get her family away from Jesse’s increasingly abusive father. Already unsettled by the disturbing scenes he’d witnessed at home, his new surroundings felt totally alien to Hughes – he was a redheaded, awkward young boy with a southern accent surrounded by hip Californian kids, and soon found himself to be the perfect target for playground bullies.
Thankfully for Hughes, he wasn’t the only the only redhead in the desert. The other – built like a Viking with a sense of nobility beyond his age – went by the name of Joshua Homme. One day, when the playground bully was picking on Jesse, Joshua stepped in and saved the day. From that moment on, Hughes' school days were bully-free, and he and Joshua have remained best friends ever since.
Who better then, to discuss the merits and meanings behind some of the songs by Homme’s revered rock collective Queens of the Stone Age, than his Eagles of Death Metal bandmate and closest confident since childhood, than Mr Jesse 'The Devil' Hughes, aka Boots Electric…
I THINK I LOST MY HEADACHE (Rated R, 2000)
A killer rock song with a middle-Eastern flair, and yet another demonstration of my best friend’s ability to turn a word and a tune. It’s always good to lose your headache, so this became a favourite of mine on title alone. But beyond that, it’s Queens at their raw finest, and that’s why I love it.
THESE AREN’T THE DROIDS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR (Queens of the Stone Age, 1998)
This is one of my favourite Queens songs because it demonstrates Joshua at his hilarious best, and also in rare drug-induced form when he was leading a thousand people to their home in rehab, which is what he does – he’s the Pied Piper of rehab.
I NEVER CAME (Lullabies to Paralyze, 2005)
Lullabies to Paralyze is one of the greatest unsung albums of all-time. It does not get the recognition it deserves, and therefore does not get its proper placement in rock history. That being said, I Never Came is one of the greatest demonstrations of how to be heartbroken, and it’s one of the most emotionally profound songs about what it’s like to be in love in the music business.
**SOMEONE'S IN THE WOLF **(Lullabies to Paralyze, 2005)
I genuinely believe the video to this song is a source of inspiration for the horror film You’re Next (2011). It must be, surely. Watch the film and compare the look of the masks to the look of the masks in the video to Someone’s in the Wolf.
I SAT BY THE OCEAN (…Like Clockwork, 2013)
This is from the latest Queens of the Stone Age album …Like Clockwork. Now, for me, I have a prejudiced viewpoint because I was with Joshua the entire time he was making this album, so I’m able to see it from maybe a different perspective. But whilst I Never Came is one expression of heartbreak in the music business, I Sat By The Ocean is a perfect example of the rage of jealousy that one can experience, especially in our grand circus of rock ‘n’ roll.