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Hey, alright, it’s Kip Kasper KLON Radio, LA’s infinite repeat How we feelin’ out there?
How’s your drive time commute?
I need a saga. What’s the saga?
It’s Songs for the Deaf.
You can’t even hear it
The breakout 2002 release Songs For the Deaf from Queens of the Stone Age. This 2019 VMP pressing on dark red cloud vinyl is the only Queens record featuring Dave Grohl on drums and would be the last for Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan as a full time members of the band. Lanegan is responsible for vocals on Song for the Dead, Hangin Tree and God is in the Radio. The harmonies created between Lanegan and Homme are nothing less than flawless. His distinctive vocal style adds so much grit and depth to this would be drive through the desert.
This record is relentless. Leaving only enough space to breathe while flipping sides. If we didn’t need Dave (we’re on a first name basis, you know) (No, we’re not) in the Foos I’d say he should have become a permanent fixture in Queens. Is there a better drummer in rock? We can debate that later. Suffice to say, the line up on display here is nothing short of magic. I can mostly live without Nick Oliveri’s vocals, the exception here is I’m Gonna Leave You. Much like Autopilot off Rated R, when he sings, not screams, the result is something that reminds me of Mitch Mitchell singing with the Experience back in the 60’s. It’s fantastic. That said, his contribution on bass completes what becomes a locked tight rhythm section.
On the three vocalist format, I’m not sold. Not these three vocalists in particular, just the format in general. It seems to lack continuity, but perhaps that was the point. I find myself wanting to hear more from Homme. To be fair, that’s listening with ears that have heard what he’ll do in the next twenty years.
There are so many high points on these two LPs it’s hard to choose a standout. As I listen to Mosquito Song close us out, I love it’s stark difference from literally every track. It’s as though the lunatic at the wheel finally takes his foot off the gas and allows you to breath. Accordions, 12 string acoustic, violin, piano and horns. It’s like listening to another album. It’s almost, soothing. Technically Song for the Deaf is the last on the record, but this hidden bonus track is a brilliant closer.
You’re listening to W.A.N.T, the high desert wonder valley favorite radio station. S’been a good night. Dave Catching here, not saying goodnight, just saying.