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Queens of the Stone Age: ...Like Clockwork

Updated on January 27, 2016
"Where are you hiding, my love?"
"Where are you hiding, my love?"

Shock Me Awake

Josh Homme and company are back with what is arguably the best Queen of the Stone Age album yet, ...Like Clockwork.

Released on June 3, 2013, QotSA's sixth studio album immediately received widespread critical acclaim. It reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the Billboard 200, the first Queens album to top the charts in the United States.

According to Metacritic, it is their most acclaimed album since Songs for the Deaf, which features the hit tracks No One Knows and Go With The Flow, QotSA's most popular and recognizable singles to date - not to mention Deaf's opening track Millionaire, which has been featured in two video games, Tony Hawk's Underground and Jak X, the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 trailer, feature-film Project X, and some T-Mobile commercials.

The Vampyre of Time and Memory
The Vampyre of Time and Memory | Source
"the things that make me right for this job... maybe they're the same things that make me wrong for everything else." - Boneface
"the things that make me right for this job... maybe they're the same things that make me wrong for everything else." - Boneface

On May 20, 2013, in preparation for the new release, Queens of the Stone Age uploaded a compilation video (below) featuring artwork from UK artist Boneface, and the following ...Like Clockwork tracks:

Boneface's unique art style, combined with Josh Homme's powerfully poignant lyrics, makes for a progressive rock experience unlike any other. There is little doubt amongst critics and fans that Queens of the Stone Age are masters of their craft, and will be celebrated as such, for centuries to come.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Tear Me Apart

In 2010, following complications from a routine knee surgery, Josh Homme was hospitalized for thirteen days, and bedridden for four months.

"I woke up and there was a doctor going, ‘Shit, we lost you.' I couldn’t get up for four months. When I did, I hadn’t got a clue what was going on."

During his bed-ridden stint, Josh also noted:

"I would never say, 'I'm probably not gonna make it out of here.' But back then, I would definitely think it."

The remaining QotSA members encouraged Homme to return to the studio and begin work on their sixth studio album, to which Josh replied:

"'If you want to make a record with me right now, in the state I’m in, come into the fog. It’s the only chance you got.' It brought us much closer, because you never really know someone till everything goes wrong."

Josh Homme & Kyle Meredith @ 2013's ACL Festival

On October 20, 2012 Queens of the Stone Age announced that they were recording a new album via their Facebook page. The endeavor was tumultuous at times, which provided inspiration for the LP's title.

"We'd have these great victories and then something would go south for a bit, and we'd go, 'It's like clockwork!' I think a sick sense of humor is what's always been our preservation mechanism, so this time we're using that sick sense of humor for a title." - Rolling Stone

In a Drowned In Sound interview, Josh added:

“When you’re making your first and second record, you’re just chasing inspiration and trying to keep up with it. But when you’re on your sixth, you go through some crazy ups and downs. Music is my religion and I’m trying to figure out who the fuck I am and how this all works. So this record was born of feeling lost. I was just lost, man.”

"What marks the artist is his power to shape the material of the pain we all have." - Lionel Trilling

More ...Like Clockwork tracks you must experience, posthaste:

Primarily written and recorded by  Josh Homme and former Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernández, this self-titled album was released on September 22, 1998.
Primarily written and recorded by Josh Homme and former Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernández, this self-titled album was released on September 22, 1998.

Queens Of The Stone Age

If you are new to Queens of the Stone Age, and you like what you've heard so far, check out the rest of their discography below, sorted by album and featuring my favorite tracks, specifically selected for your aural pleasure. There are plenty of official music videos peppered throughout, as well. Prepare yourself for multiple ear-gasms, my fellow music lovers!

Released on June 6, 2000 on Interscope Records, Rated R (also called R or Rated X on vinyl) is QotSA's second studio album.
Released on June 6, 2000 on Interscope Records, Rated R (also called R or Rated X on vinyl) is QotSA's second studio album.

I've Got A Secret

Songs for the Deaf was released on August 27, 2002, and features former Foo Fighter and Nirvana member Dave Grohl as guest drummer.
Songs for the Deaf was released on August 27, 2002, and features former Foo Fighter and Nirvana member Dave Grohl as guest drummer.

Then, It Taketh Away

Lullabies to Paralyze is the fourth studio album by Queens of the Stone Age, and was released on March 21, 2005.
Lullabies to Paralyze is the fourth studio album by Queens of the Stone Age, and was released on March 21, 2005.

So Glad You Could Stay Forever

QotSA's fifth album was released on June 8, 2007 in some countries, June 11 in the United Kingdom and June 12 in the United States.
QotSA's fifth album was released on June 8, 2007 in some countries, June 11 in the United Kingdom and June 12 in the United States.

The Tongue Is A Twist

Many of these tracks can be found on the Vinyl Firsts, B-Sides & Remixes album - aka the Jesus album, due to the cover art.
Many of these tracks can be found on the Vinyl Firsts, B-Sides & Remixes album - aka the Jesus album, due to the cover art.

Vinyl Firsts, B-Sides & Remixes

"So good to be an ant who crawls
Atop a spinning rock" - My God Is The Sun

Them Crooked Vultures was released in 2009 by Interscope Records in North America, and Sony Music internationally.
Them Crooked Vultures was released in 2009 by Interscope Records in North America, and Sony Music internationally.

Them Crooked Vultures

Josh Homme is a busy man, and this is another one of his many brilliant side projects - Them Crooked Vultures is a rock supergroup created with Josh in 2009, including guitarist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and Nirvana). TCV also features guitarist Alain Johannes during their live performances.

Discussions of a second album have been circulating for years:

"We’ve talked about it, I know that someday we’ll get back together and do stuff, because we love playing with each other." - Dave Grohl, Dec 2012

Some of my favorite Them Crooked Vultures tracks for you to enjoy:

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      Deandra 2 years ago

      Ab fab my goldoy man.

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      melissaelaine - Thanks! So good to meet another fan of awesome music - glad you enjoyed the Hub!

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      Melissa Shupe 3 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      This is a terrific Hub, very informative & thorough. To include the bands earlier work is a great idea & good marketing. (for QOTSA as well as yourself) I am & have been a huge & avid listener/fan since the times of Kyuss. Including Them Crooked Vultures links is a great way to reference all that is indicated w/in Josh's comments in the interviews. The photos are cool too, just because they are.

      Josh has had not just the surgery change his life outlook, music, but also the birth of his daughter, his marriage to Brody Dalle , even in the midst of her feud ridden divorce from her punk rock husband. I will always have admiration for Homme, his work, his decisions, his DIY approach to recording & ability to capture his favorite artists outside his QOTSA endeavors. ie, The Desert Sessions, Eagles of Death Metal et al. Great job!

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      IslandBites - I truly believe they are one of the greatest rock bands of all-time.

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      IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Great hub! Love them.

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      Thomas Swan - Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you finally found out about the new album - it is phenomenal! I collect vinyl too, and I have all of their studio albums, minus Era Vulgaris and Songs For The Deaf ($300+ dollars), in addition to the B-sides, Rarities, Demo album (aka the Jesus album). The ltd. edition vinyl for Clockwork is fantastic, especially the one with the artbook and 180g records.

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      Thomas Swan 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Shows how much I follow music these days. Qotsa is one of my favorite bands, and I didn't even know they'd released an album this year. Sounds awesome from one of the vids. Also, good to see the old albums being linked too. Some of my favorites are Mosquito song and Tangled in Plaid. Thumbed up and awesome.

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      thebiologyofleah 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh that is a great point- I would love another Them Crooked Vultures album. To be honest I think I set myself up for disappointment on the first one because I had probably the highest expectations for that album based on the three legends making up the band. That being said I did really like it and I'd be curious to see what they do for a second go-round.

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      thebiologyofleah - After I heard about everything he went through before making this album, it all started to make sense, lyrically and musically speaking. Now we know why that second Them Crooked Vultures album never happened, but hopefully it will, after the Clockwork tour!

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      thebiologyofleah 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great article- I'm a huge QotSA fan and I love all the media you included. Hands down my absolute favorite song off the new album is Kalopsia and it is definitely climbing the charts for my favorite tracks of their's period. I didn't know about Homme's surgery and complications, interesting to get into his head a bit since I definitely feel like this album sounds a lot different then their previous ones (while at the same time still sounding like them).

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