QOTSA: 'We Badly Need a Record About Birthday Cakes and Unicorns'

Band needs to write about "nice stuff," insists frontman Josh Homme.

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme recently touched on the matter of band's new record, expressing the need to brighten up the overall vibe.

While chatting with Telegraph, the 6 feet 5 inches tall singer/guitarist made a parallel between the latest QOTSA effort "...Like Clockwork" and Iggy Pop's "The Idiot" release.

"Hopefully there's a 'Lust for Life' [Iggy's subsequent album] round the corner. Where we're at, we badly need to make a record about nice stuff birthday cakes, and unicorns," Homme said.

The frontman also admitted constantly wanting "to make [the album] nicer, but none of it could've been said any other way." He also shared an interesting set of stories from recording sessions with Sir Elton John, one of the record's special guests.

"I heard from his assistant later that he was having second thoughts," Homme noted. "Like, 'They're just gonna want me to play piano on a ballad that they've already recorded, like everyone else.' Instead, we went in and played a rock song, and he really became a member of our band."

He continued, "He said afterwards, 'I never do this, just jam with people.' I was like, 'Shut the f--k up if there's a horse in Hampstead with a limp, you're up there playing the benefit show, with everyone else.' He said, 'Ooh, don't be a turd!'"

"...Like Clockwork" dropped on June 3 via Matador Records, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 91,000 units shipped in the US during the first week.

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    Well, whatever they have to do to put out more songs like "If I had a tail..."
    Yeah, I appear missing was instantly my favorite...but I Sat By The Ocean has grown on me a ton. "Tail" is okay...still an awesome song, but there are a hand full of better songs on the album.
    Yes. Best song on an absolutely phenomenal album.
    It's barely in the top half. I don't understand the praise that song gets when there are others like I Appear Missing, Kalopsia, or even Smooth Sailing.
    Those are my three favorite songs on the album. I think "Tail" would even be in my bottom half.
    I had a weird dream last night where Homme was in my room covered in gawdy looking makeup singing the chorus of ...Like Clockwork. That was a good dream haha
    Millionaire, rockstar, famous, but still the pinnacle of his happiness is playing with a plastic unicorn. Gotta love Homme.
    Damn it Josh, stop thinking about the album. Like Clockwork's amazing. I just don't want him to think his next album HAS to be something just because this one had a somewhat dark tone.
    Just saw them at made in America and it was awesome they played alot of the new album but they didn't play I appear missing I was kinda bummed
    I'd assume Josh knows it's their best song from the album...but I assume he has personal problems playing that song due to the subject matter of that particular song...many emotions must go through his mind as he plays that one.
    C-C Beatroot
    He played a track from each of those Iggy albums back to back when he hosted a show on BBC 6Music the other week
    Well, I wonder how'll he'll manage to do that if he's willing to tell Elton John to shut the fu*k up.
    Like Clockwork was a great album. It had it's dark moments, but I agree that there was no getting away from that darkness due to Josh's near-death experience. But I get the vibe that Josh seems ashamed on the direction he went with the album, and I couldn't disagree more with that because it was extremely good and there is no need to feel that way when I got the feeling that this latest album was his most personal.
    I thought he was making a Katy Perry reference from the title
    I feel like mentioning his height didn't have much point behind it... To be fair, neither does the whole "story". Utterly pointless article.
    Is it just me or UG posting same quotes about Like Clockwork , "birthday cakes, and unicorns" and Elton John all over again.