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Josh Homme

Updated on September 13, 2014

The Ginger Elvis

AKA: Baby Duck, JHo, Carlo Von Sexron

Born May 17th, 1973, Josh grew up in the Coachella Valley. Never one to conform, most of the time Josh found himself in trouble, either for swearing, rebellion, or being a plain ol' smart ass. He attended Palm Desert High School (class of 1992), where he would meet John Garcia, Chris Cockrell, Nick Oliveri, and Jesse Hughes, all of whom would play music with Josh at some point.

Music being a large part of Josh's life and he's been playing in bands since 15. Starting with Kyuss, a metal band with a massive underground following, and presently with Queens of the Stone Age, sexy rock for boys and girls with world-wide fame, and all the side projects and guest spots in-between, Josh is a bona fide rock star.

Josh has worked with the likes of Screaming Trees, Foo Fighters, Mondo Generator, PJ Harvey, Masters of Reality, Millionaire, U.N.K.L.E., Paz Lenchantin, Wellwater Conspiracy, A Perfect Circle, Earthlings?, Mastodon, Tuberonegro, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Death From Above 1979, Trent Reznor, Local H, and Peaches, to name a few.

He also runs the independent label Rekords Rekords, the imprint that releases The Desert Sessions volumes as well as albums by Eagles of Death Metal, Mondo Generator, Fatso Jetson, and Likehell.

On the personal side, Josh is married to Spinnerette front woman Brody Dalle-Homme, with whom he has a daughter, Camille, and a son, Orrin. The family divides their time between the Los Angeles-area and the High Desert-area, when not on tour.

For those who are curious about his surname, the pronunciation is similar to 'mommy' and is of Norwegian origin.

Welcome to Sky Valley

A short history of Kyuss

In 1991, Kyuss came onto the desert music scene. John Garcia, Joshua Homme, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork built a local cult following with impromptu shows (called 'generator parties') in the empty stretches of desert around Palm Springs and Palm Desert, as well as up in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California.

They released their debut album Wretch in 1991 and began to draw more attention with shows. Their 1992 sophomore album Blues for the Red Sun was produced by Chris Goss (forming a life-long partnership between Homme and Goss) and was critically hailed as the pinnacle of 'stoner rock', garnering the band an opening slot for Metallica while they toured Australia.

Oliveri left the band and was replaced by Scott Reeder. The band soon signed to Elektra Records and released Welcome to Sky Valley in 1994, another critically acclaimed album. Tensions inside the band mounted and Brant Bjork left post-tour, replaced by Alfredo Hernández.

Kyuss' final album, ...And the Circus Leaves Town was released in 1995. In October of the same year, Josh and company pulled the plug on Kyuss. Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss was released in 2000, containing B-sides and some live tracks.

In 2010, John Garcia revived the band under the new moniker of "Kyuss Lives!". Joined by Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork, the new incarnation featured Scott Reeder and Bruno Fevery. Josh declined to participate in the reunion. Kyuss Lives! toured through most of 2011 before entering into a legal battle with Josh over the trademark of the Kyuss name. Eventually, the lawsuit was settled, with Brant and John re-branding themselves as Vista Chino.

Queens of the Stone Age

"Kings would be too macho." -- Josh Homme

Formed in 1997, originally under the name of 'Gamma Ray' before a German power metal band of the same moniker threatened to sue, Queens of the Stone Age rose from the desert just like Kyuss.

Although the band rejects the term, the music made by QOTSA has been labeled 'stoner rock'. Staring out with Josh, Matt Camerom, John McBain and Van Conner, the band reportedly played their first show in Seattle, WA in 1997. A split EP with Kyuss put the first recorded tracks into fans' hands while a self-titled album followed in 1998.

The majority of the album was handled by Josh (and his alter-ego 'Carlo von Sexron') with Alfredo Hernández, Chris Goss and Hutch helping. After running into friend and former Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri in Texas, Josh asked him to come on board. Nick readily accepted and with Dave Catching the first QOTSA tour commenced.

2000 brought their second album Rated R and a new lineup. A precedent was set with the use of multiple musicians, a 'revolving door' of sorts, with Josh, Nick, and Mark Lanegan providing vocals for the album and several friends and musicians lending helping hands. Rated R received glowing reviews in the press but QOTSA still remained an underground sensation.

Everything changed with the release of Songs For the Deaf. The singles No One Knows and Go With the Flow lit up the charts and the addition of Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl playing drums on the album shot the Queens into super-stardom. Heavy touring, constant partying, and internal friction began to take its toll. An era ended when Josh fired Nick from the band in 2004, for reasons neither of which choose to truly discuss.

Without his best friend and bassist, Josh took up the banner alone. Now with seemingly permanent members Troy Van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo and loads of help from Alain Johannes, QOTSA recorded and released their third album Lullabies To Paralyze in 2005. A much darker-toned album, Josh sang lead on every track except one.

Lullabies debuted in the fifth slot of the Billboard Music Chart, QOTSA's highest debut to date. It also fostered a dream come true for Josh when Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top stopped by to play, recording guitar and vocals for Burn the Witch.

With a full tour schedule supporting Nine Inch Nails, an appearance as musical guest on SNL, and release of a live album/DVD set aptly Over the Years and Through the Woods, it seemed as if QOTSA was on top of the world. Instead, Josh has related that the whole experience was a low point in the band's history; trying to shake off the departure of Nick Oliveri and retaining old fans as well as gaining new fans was tough.

In 2007, QOTSA charged back onto the music scene in fine form with Era Vulgaris. Jammed with their usual roster of guest stars (including Trent Reznor, Julian Casablancas, and Mark Lanegan) the album returned to their roots and proved to be harder and darker then anything they've released to date. The band toured North America and Europe in support of the album.

The band took a hiatus post-Era while members worked with various side projects. Homme wrote and recorded an album with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones under the name of Them Crooked Vultures, which was released in 2009. TCV supported the album with a tour through 2010.

In 2011, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of QOTSA's self-titled debut, the band reformed to support its remastered rerelease. Playing the album in its entirety, along with a few tracks that had been left off the original release, fans will have to wait a little while longer before a new album is released. Currently, the band has been working at Rancho De La Luna on new music.

2012 saw Josh appear in a "infommercial" for the Scissor Sister's 2012 album Magic Hour, as well as appeared in the Kii Arens' directed video for Glen Campbell's A Better Place. He released the song, Nobody To Love, with David Sardy for the film End of Watch.

In early 2013, notices began to pop up in music magazines with clues as to the band's next studio release. In March, the official announcement came down, revealing the new album would be titled ...Like Clockwork, which was released in June. The band achieved their first number 1 album in the US upon its release, touring the US and Europe in support.

What comes next is anybody's guess.

The Desert Sessions

"The longest-running mix tape in existence." -- Josh Homme

In 1997, Josh brought together his-then band The Acquitted Felons to Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, CA. Together they played for three days straight under the non-stop influence of psychedelic mushrooms. Or so the story goes...

Those three days gave birth to what became the Desert Sessions. Literally music sessions without rules, letting creativity spark where it may and partnership is key. Since then 10 'volumes' have been released.

Over thirty musicians (and some animals) have participated in the Desert Sessions, with the likes of Dave Catching, Fred Drake, Brant Bjork, Ben Shepherd, Pete Stahl, John McBain, Jesse Hughes, Craig Armstrong, Nick Oliveri, Mario and Larry Lalli, T. Fresh, Blag Dahlia, Gene Trautmann, Adam Maples, Teddy Quinn, Tony Mason, Barrett Martin, Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider, Mark Lanegan, Brendon McNichol, Samantha Maloney, Chris Goss, Dean Ween, Josh Freese, Jeordie White, Joey Castillo, Brian O'Conner, Troy Van Leeuwen, PJ Harvey and Alfredo Hernandez joining Josh to record.

Several songs recorded have been reworked/rerecorded and made the leap to QOTSA albums, notably Hangin' Tree, In My Head and I Wanna Make It Wit Chu. Also, during the 2004 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival The Desert Sessions 'band' performed for the first and, so far, only time.

A rumor per the official Rekords Rekords hinted that as of January 2008 recording has begun on volumes 11/12. Unfortunately this never panned out. Josh continues to express interest in the project but there is no solid date for the next volumes' release.

Them Crooked Vultures

Deserve the Future

Hinted at back in 2005 by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, this "supergroup" comprised of Grohl, Homme, and former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has finally come to life. Known as Them Crooked Vultures, the band made their debut on 8/9/09 at a Lollapollza after-show in Chicago, IL. They released their self-titled debut in a few months later, followed by a world tour in support. They also appeared on an episode of Austin City Limits.

While a follow up album was much discussed during this time, nothing has so far come to fruition. Grohl returned to record/tour with the Foo Fighters, Jones returned to the studio to do recording with various artists, and Josh toured with Queens to support the reissue of their self-titled debut.

It remains to be seen if anything more comes from Them Crooked Vultures.

Discography

Kyuss
Sons of Kyuss 1990
Wretch 1991
Blues For the Red Sun 1992
Welcome to Sky Valley 1994
...And the Circus Leaves Town 1995
Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age 1997
Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss 2000

The Desert Sessions
Volume 1: Instrumental Driving Music For Felons 1997
Volume 2: Status: Ships Commander Butchered 1997
Volume 3: Set Coordinates for the White Dwarf!!! 1998
Volume 4: Hard Walls and Little Trips 1998
Volume 5: Poetry for the Masses (Sea Shred Shit Head By the She Sore) 1999
Volume 6: Poetry For the Masses (Black Anvil Ego) 1999
Volume 7: Gypsy Marches 2001
Volume 8: Can You See Under My Thumb? 2001
Volume 9: I See You Hearin' Me 2003
Volume 10: I Heart Disco 2003

Eagles of Death Metal
Peace Love Death Metal 2004
Death By Sexy 2006
Heart On 2008

Queens of the Stone Age
Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age 1997
The Split CD 1998
Queens of the Stone Age 1998
Rated R 2000
Songs For the Deaf 2002
Stone Age Complications 2004
Lullabies to Paralyze 2005
Over the Years and Through the Woods 2005
Era Vulgaris 2007
...Like Clockwork 2013

Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures 2009

Other Credits
Metallurgy, Vol 1 (Various, 1995)
Godzilla EP (Fu Manchu. 1996)
If Only Everything (Gamma Ray/QotSA, 1996)
I Feel Alright (Mike Johnson, 1998)
Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives (Wellwater Conspiracy, 1999)
Cocaine Rodeo (Mondo Generator, 2000)
Heavy Metal 2000 (Soundtrack, 2000)
Us (Various, 2000)
Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (Soundtrack, 2000)
Soul Survivors (Soundtrack, 2001)
Alpha MotherF******: A Tribute to Turbonegro (Various, 2001)
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Soundtrack, 2002)
Here Comes the Zoo (Local H, 2002)
Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three (Various, 2002)
xXx (Soundtrack, 2002)
WW: Tough Enough, Vol. 2 (Various, 2002)
Disco Marching Kraft (Earthlings?, 2002)
Flak 'n' Flight (Masters of Reality, 2003)
Never, Never Land (UNKLE, 2003)
Here Comes That Weird Chill (Mark Lanegan Band, 2003)
A Drug Problem That Never Exsisted (Mondo Generator, 2003)
Wrong Turn (Soundtrack, 2003)
Quixotic (Martina Topley-Bird, 2003)
Bubblegum (Mark Lanegan Band, 2004)
Auf der Maur (Auf der Maur, 2004)
The Punisher (Soundtrack, 2004)
Domino (Soundtrack, 2005)
Romance Bloody Romance: Remixes & B-Sides (DFA 1979, 2005)
In Your Honor (Foo Fighters, 2005)
Saw II (Soundtrack, 2005)
Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Various, 2005)
Blood Mountain (Mastodon, 2006)
Masters of Horror, vol 2 (Soundtrack, 2006)
You Only Live Once (The Strokes, 2006)
Beerfest (Soundtrack, 2006)
Back To Mine (Liam Prodigy, 2006)
Impeach My Bush (Peaches, 2006)
Licker's Last Leg (Goon Moon, 2007)
War Stories (UNKLE, 2007)
Glitter in the Gutter (Jesse Malin, 2007)
Hot Rod (Soundtrack, 2007

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      Hiyaha 7 years ago

      Interesting lens, I find new things about Josh Homme.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for the lensrolls to my Palm Springs lenses! I had heard he was from Palm Desert.

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      I got to see Them Crooked Vultures in Chicago at their first show ever - they were amazing! I know good things will be in their future.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I just heard Them Crooked Vultures for the first time the other day. I want to hear more! I'm a fan of Queens of the Stone Age, and I'm giving this a lensroll to my Palm Springs lens. Well done!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      saw QOTSA at the Roseland too! Kickass show!

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      flowski lm 10 years ago

      Josh Homme has an interesting story, I had no idea! Thanks for the capsule of information.

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      blondeheroine 10 years ago

      Cowbell in progress!!