Josh Homme says most of Dave Grohl's musical ideas start out as a joke - then become a reality when Homme insists they hit record.
He was talking to BBC 6 Music about the various high-profile collaborators on Queens of the Stone Age's new album "... Like Clockwork" which includes Elton John, Alex Turner, Trent Reznor and others when he said this about Grohl:
"We laugh the whole time. Dave will play something as a joke that's ridiculous, something shouldn't be put in the song. And just to make it funny, I'll take it and say 'No no no, you're going to do that exact thing, but for a minute and a half ... musically that translates really well sometimes."
Homme also said that Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys who appears on the album is "one of the most talented songwriters and lyric writers that is out there," and that Elton John was "really excited" to be working on a QOTSA album - so much so that he came back. "He was like, 'I want to come back and sing,'" said Homme.
Former QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri also appears on the new album. In the interview, Homme explains how their reunion came about:
"Nick and I parted way eight years ago, but three mnths after we parted we were seeing each other socially because we're friends. I think that's what people couldn't understand," said Homme. "He made his record at my studio and he wanted to drop off some vinyl and he jokingly said 'do you need any background vocals?' And I said 'actually, I do...'"
The album "Like Clockwork" is due out on June 3 on Matador Records.
Hear Josh Homme talk about his collaborators on this BBC 6 Music interview: