In the second part of our trip through the desert, Remfry, Steve and Adam dissect Rated R, the second album by Queens of the Stone Age. Looking to expand their musical horizons even further, Rated R showed huge progression and a desire to collaborate which would remain a vital part of the QotSA sound to this day. With the band inviting contributions from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Dave Catching, Chris Goss, Wendy Rae Fowler, Barrett Martin, Pete Stahl and Rob Halford, Rated R would become the most diverse and eclectic set of QotSA songs (and remains so to this day). The dissolution of the core duo behind QotSA 4 years later would affect the quality of the band’s output, but between 1998 – 2004, Queens of the Stone Age were the best ‘straight-ahead’ rock band in the entire world and Rated R was the apex of their creative endeavours (Songs for the what??) Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
Remfry and Steve take a metaphorical trip to Palm Desert in the first part of our special on Queens of the Stone Age, covering thie 1998 self-titled debut. But they’re not alone, as Audience Please Podcast host and QotSA super-fan Adam Vallely joins them to dissect probably the most underappreciated record in the QotSA back catalogue. Together, they cover the transition from Kyuss to Queens, Joshua Homme’s desire to leave the stoner rock tag behind and how Queens of the Stone Age began (and remain) above their peers