Queens of the Stone Age Cover Arctic Monkeys' 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High'

Josh Homme with his associated covered his friend's newest smash hit - the thing you definitely should watch!

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It's not a secret that Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme are naturally big friends - they go on motorcycle rides together, Josh invited Alex to participate to "If I Had a Tail" from the latest QOTSA's studio effort "...Like Clockwork," and Alex invited him as the producer while making Monkeys' "Humbug" and as the backing vocalist on tracks "Knee Socks" and "One for the Road" from the upcoming album "AM" and "All My Own Stunts" from the latest record "Suck It and See." But we have never seen them covering each other's songs (except that moment when Homme included Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" into "Feel Good Hit of the Summer"). Until now.

QOTSA's Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita made a trip to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, a venue where bands are often asked to cover other bands. Last time they were there, they covered Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines)" (see the video below). This time they made an acoustic cover of Monkeys' latest smash hit "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

Maybe the performance lacks groove, maybe Josh was too sleepy, and, finally, he really messed up the lyrics in the bridge, but it still deserves attention.

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And here's "Blurred Lines" (featuring rapping from Ginger Elvis and pill bottles as percussion):

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    As awesome as Josh Homme is and everything he's done, I don't think covering Arctic Monkeys is one of his strong points. Still a great musician though.
    It wasn't all that neat, but you can't knock Homme and Co. for having fun. Sure, they all fit the the definition of the "pro-musician", but does that mean they aren't allowed to mess around every once in a while? I liked how Josh played off the lyric-errors in the bridge. I liked it.
    Huge fan of both bands, but this cover sounds... terrible. I do like the Robin Thicke one though, Josh shaking with medication is hilarious!
    Homme gets a bit of flack for his involvement with the Arctic Monkeys. A lot of people in the UK say his collaboration with them on Humbug ruined their sound. Maybe. But you certainly wouldn't have an AM track like 'R U Mine' if it weren't for Homme's influence on the band.
    Personally I loved Humbug and everything that came after. But that is probably because I have been listening to Josh for the past 5 or so years.
    Personally Humbug is the only Arctict album i've really loved, but i'm not really a fan to begin with, so maybe it's true. It's defineately darker than their other stuff, i just really think the dark edge suits their style.
    How can he go from Kyuss to this $%*#
    You mean, to the point where he's making the best music of his career?
    No I mean covering rubbish music like this that sounds terrible. QOTSA are great but Arctic Monkeys are dross. Kyuss was by FAR the best music he produced as well
    So you don't know that actually Josh produced Arctic Monkey's album Humbug, that Alex Turner and Josh are good friends, that Alex sang on If I Had A Tail, and that Josh sang on two songs from Arctic's latest album... Anyways, I don't think this cover was meant to be taken on seriously, I mean, it's clear they haven't even rehearsed it, they're just having a bit of fun
    Love QOTSA. But even they can't make that shitty robin thinke song sound good. Who wants to hear that trash?
    I like the idea of Queens doing a full band cover of "R U Mine"or "Do I Wanna Know".