An iconic album cover, with rather significant pitckfork symbolism. Their name seems to play on homosexuality, metal and the album title is rather forward too. Is it just noise?
You decide with this video from the UK's Shynola collective.
I remember when I first heard them, back a good 15 years ago when I was on a Web Design course (this was when it was still in it's real infancy and it wasn't so easy - you had to write code to make things happen.)
One of the guys I got on well with "Mike Tok" was into all sorts of left field music - from stuff that would make Aphex Twin sound like Tom Jones to "4 to the floor Techno". I didn't imagine he would like guitar music, but he ripped a disc for me - and it included the QOTSA album "Rated R". It was great - not only well produced and with a coherent sound all the way through, but as a musical item - a complete album. Every track seemed to be part of the whole.
A couple of years later this came out, so I bought it. And I wan't dissapointed.
The most important thing about this album, for the band, was that they had to replace their drummer. Now that is always a problem for any band - getting a drummer is difficult. Getting a good drummer is next to impossible. Getting a great drummer is just wishful thinking. That is unless you are friends with Dave Grohl.
So they called him up - he was looking for a change and said yes. There isn't a single time when "Dave Grohl" isn't the answer to "Who is the best drummer we can get for this record?".
In this song they could have just gone with a 4/4 rhythm and it would have been acceptable. But he doesn't. He takes 3 different beats and changes every so many bars, adding a complete dimension to the sound.
The guitars and bass almost take up the space of the drums, pounding away to a steady beat, with the drums and lead guitar adding accents to the music. So much better than anything ordinary.
How about live? Is it playable - you bet, faster too....
Having the lead guitar accenting - answering each line of the verse, along with the "Iggy and the Stooges" plinking piano in the background bring the whole thing to life.
The rest of the album is very similar - not in a bad way, but in an accessible manner, including the incredibly hard "First it Giveth" which has some of the best vocal harmonies recorded in this genre.
More drumming from Mr Grohl, rather reminiscent of his work with Killing Joke.
Well, if you see me speeding down the motorway singing my face off, you will now know what I am listening to.
This, or Westlife.