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Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age - 1998 Alt Stoner Rock 2LP

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Queens Of The Stone Age – Queens Of The Stone Age

Label: Ipecac Recordings, Rekords Rekords
Catalog#: IPC124LP, IPC124LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Misprint
Country: US
Released: 2010
Recorded April 3-21, 1998
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock


A1 Regular John
Written-By – John McBain 4:35
A2 Avon 3:22
A3 If Only 3:20
A4 Walkin' On The Sidewalks 5:03

B5 You Would Know
Bass, Vocals – Chris Goss 4:16
B6 The Bronze 3:41
B7 How To Handle A Rope (A Lesson In The Lariat) 3:30

C8 Mexicola 4:54
C9 Hispanic Impressions 2:44
C10 You Can't Quit Me Baby 6:33
C11 These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For

D12 Give The Mule What He Wants
Bass, Vocals – Chris Goss 3:09
D13 Spiders And Vinegaroons
Producer, Percussion, Clavinet – Chris Goss
Drums – Vic Indrizzo 3:07
D14 I Was A Teenage Hand Model
Drums, Vocals – Fred Drake
Percussion – Dave Catching
Piano – Carlo, Hutch
Performer [Sofa] – Mike Johnson 5:01

Bass Guitar, Keyboards – Carlo
Co-producer, Mixed By – Joe Barresi
Design [Package] – Kozik, Homme
Drums – Alfredo Hernandez
Engineer [Assistant] – Steve Feldman
Guitar, Vocals, Producer, Written-By – Joshua Homme
Management [Booking Agent Europe] – Steve Strange
Management [Booking Agent Usa] – Robby Fraser
Management [Legal] – Jeffrey Light
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Performer [Foh, Guru, Hardwalls, Back Of Door] – Hutch
Photography By – Lisa Johnson
Photography By [1998] – Tony Tornay
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Mark Gabor
Technician [Drums] – Bruce Jacoby
Written-By – Alfredo Hernandez, Queens Of The Stone Age (tracks: A2 to D14)


At the last minute Ipecac were dropped in favour of Domino Records after the album had been manufactured by Ipecac. Due to manufacturing problems at Domino Queens Of The Stone Age used the Ipecac Pressing for sales during their US/Canadian tour supporting the record in March/April 2011. It was also used by Domino to fulfil some of the non European pre-orders.

Domino USA have stated that all vinyl versions of the repress used the same masters. The runout information on the European version suggests that separate vinyl masters were used.

This release has a thick card gatefold sleeve with a high gloss finish and paper inner sleeves. the Domino pressing has a thin card sleeve with a matt finish and card inner sleeves.

The lyric sheet has been misprinted with lyrics for track C9 interrupted by the title of the next track. The lyrics then continue under the heading for track C10.

Includes a credit card style plastic voucher card to download the album in WAV or MP3 format. The card is includes album specific artwork on both sides.

The text on the spine has been printed upside down.

Recorded April 3-21, 1998 at Studio Monkey, Palm Springs California. "I Was A Teenage Hand Model" recorded at Rancho de la Luna Studios in Joshua Tree, California. "Spiders And Vinegaroons" recorded Ironwood Studio, Seattle, WA.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA.

Tracks B6, C11 & D13 are bonus tracks. "The Bronze" & "These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For" were included in the 1998 split release with the band Beaver. "Spiders and Vinegaroons" was originally released on the 'Kyuss/Queens Of The Stone Age' split release..

From the explosive opener, "Regular John," to the subtle and soulful closing song, "I Was a Teenage Hand Model," this is one splendid debut album by QOTSA. From the gimmicky Mexican-tinged thematics, to the abstract song titles that have seemingly little to do with the lyrics, to the crushing and tuneful guitars and awesome drum work, this is one of the best rock and roll LPs in my collection. It's like Led Zeppelin meeting the Pixies who meet up with the Stone Temple Pilots. There's lots of muscially pleasing stuff here, riff after riff, gigantic chord after gigantic chord, as the songs breezily sail forward before you even know what hit you, without one plain or unworthy musical moment occuring.

Mastermind Josh Homme, he of the pleasing, purely melodious song structures emanating from his head to his guitar on a 24-hour basis, plays stellar guitars while changing his falsetto voice and mood from mournful to pleading to bored as the album moves along. It's not all Homme, though. Part of this album's charm is its pervading darkness, underneath all the big guitars, crass, indifferent attitude and bravado. Much of this ingratiating darkness comes from the heavy bass sound heard throughout. Mixed with Homme's crush-heavy ax guitar is somber, Soundgarden-like tuning down, which makes for great music. These guys are much more akin to Nirvana than bands like the Foo Fighters, Blink-182 or most radio bands today who are slaves to their record companies. In my mind, QOTSA were undoubtedly so sure of themselves back in 1998 for one reason: Their music was unstoppable. It's notable that QOTSA's original drummer was great on the skins; his drums on this album really enhance the overall sound.

One song of special mention is the somber "You Can't Quit Me Baby." Playing the role of a lost, depressed soul, Homme sounds mournful and weary as a heavy bass and hard-popping drums surround his isolated voice like down-and-out bliss. The song is a bit of a respite on this heavy rock record, and it fully makes its point, even stands out quite prominently as the music begins to wind down.

Queens Of The Stone Age - Avon (Feat. Dave Grohl)

This is Queens Of The Stone Age playing at Glastonbury, in 2002. This was with Dave Grohl on drums, and quite possibly one of the best, or at least my favorite performance of "Avon".

Queens Of The Stone Age - Avon (Feat. Dave Grohl)

Queens of the Stone Age - Regular John

From the Bizarre Festival 2001.

Queens of the Stone Age - You Can't Quit Me, Baby

I have not seen a single performance where Joey Castillo does not put his heart and soul into pounding the beat. If he is not one of the best drummers in the music business today, God help the music business.

Queens of the Stone Age - You Can't Quit Me, Baby

Queens Of The Stone Age - Walkin' On The Sidewalks

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 27 July, 2011.

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