Queens of the Stone Age re­cruit Ron­son to stop them be­com­ing a ‘par­ody’

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Queens of the Stone Age wanted Mark Ron­son to stop them be­com­ing a “par­ody”. The ‘NoOne Knows’ rock­ers brought in the ‘Up­town Funk’ hit­maker to pro­duce their new al­bum ‘Vil­lains’ be­cause they thought he could help them find a fresh take on their clas­sic sound. Front­man Josh Homme ex­plained to MOJO mag­a­zine: “If you’re lucky enough to have found a sound for your­self that’s in­di­vid­ual, you need to be care­ful by the time you have seven records, you could eas­ily be­come a par­ody or a car­toon char­ac­ter. “Not ev­ery­one is blessed enough to be AC/DC or the Ra­mones. It was time to look hard at what was im­por­tant about how we sound. “In the be­gin­ning, I thought if all else fails Ron­son could just serve as a tal­is­man to re­mind me to be mod­ern, our way.” And Josh ad­mit­ted he rel­ished the idea that work­ing with the pro­ducer would “con­fuse and dis­may” peo­ple. Ex­plain­ing how the col­lab­o­ra­tion came about, he said: “I knew him ca­su­ally and I knew he was a fan of the band. “If noth­ing else, I thought, ‘This will con­fuse and dis­may peo­ple’. “My son was re­ally into the song ‘Up­town Funk’, it’s so tight and vac­u­ous and beat-cen­tric. I thought, ‘Man, that could be a re­ally good idea’.” Be­fore work­ing on ‘Vil­lain’, Josh pro­duced Iggy Pop’s lat­est LP ‘Post-Pop De­pres­sion’ and one of the tracks on his own new record was orig­i­nally in­tended for the veteran rocker’s al­bum. He ex­plained:” ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me’ was one of the songs we be­gan to work on for the Iggy record. “We just felt we had enough songs in enough time, it didn’t ever get fully formed. “In fact, Iggy wrote the lyrics, ‘Feet don’t fail me now’. So I said, ‘Is it cool I use that song and take that lyric?’ He was like, ‘Go for broke’. “So, in that re­spect, there is a ba­ton passed from the Iggy record to this.”

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