Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Rated R' Turns 20"Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy, and alcohol!" Josh Homme incessantly repeated this recipe — topped off with a dusting of "C-c-c-c-c-cocaine!" — to kick off Queens Of The Stone Age's second album. The music behind Homme's refrain was as dunderheadeded as it comes: a rock band mostly banging on one note ad nauseam, briefly interrupted by a guitar solo that sounds like electrocution must feel, all of it building to a louder version of the same monolithic barrage. It was called "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer." The joke was puerile, but there were levels to it. The music was basic, but it ripped. These guys knew how to make an entrance. Really, the whole album proved that. Rated R, released 20 years ago this week, was where Queens Of The Stone Age as we know them properly began. Their 1998 self-titled debut had more in common with Kyuss, Homme's legendary pre-QOTSA stoner-doom outfit, than the discography Queens have since accumulated. This record set a new template: more1
Crawford: Garcia No Joke For Spence; Sturdier, Punches Harder Than PorterTerence Crawford wouldn’t pick a winner. The WBO welterweight champion isn’t sure what to expect from Errol Spence Jr. in Spence’s first fight following his scary car accident in October. If Spence faces Danny Garcia next, though, Crawford knows the unbeaten IBF/WBC welterweight champ is in for another difficult fight, something similar to his 12 rough rounds with Shawn Porter.
Gun Policy“I stand against racism 100 percent.” That’s what rookie Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm said yesterday after screenshots of a 2019 text conversation were posted online in which he joked that guns should be “very expensive so only elite white people can get them.” Fromm insisted in his tweeted apology that he did not mean
The Number Ones: The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. *** The Human League – "Don't You Want Me" HIT #1: July 3, 1982 STAYED AT #1: 3 weeks To Americans first encountering the Human League in 1982, the band's name must've come off as a high-concept joke. Everything about the Human League ran against every possible notion of flesh-and-blood rock 'n' roll. The band had no guitarist and no drummer — just three singers and three synth players. In interviews, they said that guitars were "archaic." Lead singer Philip Oakey delivered his lyrics in a flat, stentorian monotone, sounding like the robotic clone of David Bowie. And yet the Human League's American breakthrough was a pocket melodrama about jealousy and possessiveness and spite and vulnerability — perhaps the most human of emotions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0 The circumstances that led
Opinion: I'm tired of being the token Black friendA few years ago, I was having a conversation with friends over dinner and drinks. OK, mostly drinks. As we discussed our experiences working in theatre, I breezily made a joke about being the token Black performer time and time again. When my younger Black friend told me that she’d never had that experience — she...8