Best known to fans as QOTSA, Queens Of The Stone Age is a rock-heavy alternative band with occasional gothic tendencies as evidenced by this artfully-rendered/darkfully-influenced magickal deep dive into lead singer Josh Homme’s haunted (yet hallowed) headcheese — hold the mayo, extra Sriracha, please.
“Your head’s like a haunted house,
A tutti frutti written over a caption,
Misdiagnosis with-a the most-est,
Cue the evil smile.”
Liam Lynch (most famously known for his United States of Whatever) directed and produced this video’s creepy cocktail of nocturnal beasties including giant purple bunnies, ghosties, dead and alive unicorns, sketchy skeletons, and a friendly “fucks-freely-given” hand delivering multiple appearances. All these, along with said protagonist, enjoying his funhouse mansion of flying beds, flying coffins, flying saucers, and landing cleavers to a backdrop of punch-drunk lyrics over frenetic strumming and sporadic raw-dog drumming — a sure recipe for predilictive pagan pleasure, or so one hears.
Formed after the dissolution of Homme’s previous band Kyuss, the band originated from the Californian Palm Desert music scene, their name in reference to their Kyuss producer’s oft-joked remark, “You guys are like the Queens of the Stone Age.” QOTSA are known for their blues, Krautrock and electronica-influenced style of riff-oriented and rhythmic hard rock music coupled with Homme’s distinct falsetto vocals and unorthodox guitar scales. They also make some pretty bitchin’ videos. [wikipedia.org]
“To trip the light fantastic, one takes wire on the shins,
Petty disguises worn like skins, a distinction, nice.
Drink the Kool-Aid and swallow the pill,
You say that you don’t and you won’t, but you will,
Asked why they were called Queens and not Kings, founder Homme revealed: “Kings would be too macho. The Kings of the Stone Age wear armour and have axes and wrestle. The Queens of the Stone Age hang out with the Kings of the Stone Age’s girlfriends, when they wrestle.” [radiox.co.uk]
“We’re subleem, sublime,
Fucks in short supply.”