Sunday, April 10, 2011

Song Of The Week: 4/10/11

Song: "God Is In The Radio"

Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age

Album: "Songs For The Deaf"

Year: 2002

This song appears to be a shot at popular radio nowadays. It points out how radio stations use overkill and repetition to force their opinion on the listeners as to what "they" feel is popular or should be popular. Some bands even tend to fall into the radio's trap in that, when they achieve some success on the airwaves, they start trying to recreate the same song over and over again instead of just being true to their art and creativity. Queens Of The Stone Age formed from the ashes of Kyuss back in 1997. The one constant in the band since it's inception has been singer/guitarist Josh Homme. Through the years the band has been somewhat of a revolving door when it comes to studio musicians, touring musicians as well as contributors from other bands such as the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Screaming Trees' Mark Lanegan. Lanegan, who performs vocals on "God Is In The Radio", has been a long time contributor and off and on again member of Queens. Grohl performed all the drums on 2002's "Songs For The Deaf" and toured with the band briefly on their 2002 tour in support of that album. "Songs For The Deaf" would be Q.O.T.S.A.'s most successful album to date, but success also brought about some turmoil for the band. Long time bassist and musical contributor Nick Oliveri was fired from the band due to a conflict with Homme. This would altar the band's sound a little bit on future albums done without Oliveri. As for style, the label "stoner rock" has been used to describe Q.O.T.S.A.'s sound, a term that Homme does not like at all. The band's music focuses on repetitive riffs, almost robot-like style. In a music world that is often saturated by carbon copies where you can't tell one band from the next, Queens Of The Stone Age is kind of like a breath of fresh air. They really have a style that is all their own and makes them stand out amongst the crowd. The band has released five studio albums to date and, currently, the band has been back in the studio since January 2011 working on a new album. The band has also re-released their second album "Rated R" featuring bonus b-sides as well as a live performance. Josh Homme is also hard at work remastering the bands first self-titled album which is due to be released sometime in 2011.

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