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.