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“We weren‘t sure if he’d dig it or not,” says Homme of the song, which is essentially just a chant of “nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol,” harnessed to a propulsive, Devo-like chug. “He was recording in Studio A at Sound City, and we were in Studio B. Goss asked him if he‘d be into singing something, so he came into the room and said, ’Well, what are the lyrics?‘ I said, ’Maybe I‘d better write them down . . .’”
Halford immediately liked what he saw. “‘It looks like a rock & roll cocktail!’” Homme remembers him saying. “He was just real friendly, you know? I grew up as a hater of metal, but I was always like, ‘Hey, go easy on Priest!’ Halford had short hair, and he was into spikes and shit, so it always seemed to me like he was bridging the gap between metal and punk.”
“Priest, Ozzy and Sabbath are true stoner rock,” adds Oliveri. “I was a stoner kid, I ran with a stoner crowd, and that‘s what we listened to, man!”
“’Feel Good‘ is kind of a jab at stoner rock,” Homme explains, “but it’s also sort of a social experiment, a test to see how people react to hearing those words over and over again.”
“If they want to throw any of those things onstage, that‘s fine with us,” laughs Oliveri.
“Let’s get drugs off the streets!” seconds Homme. “Send them to us, where they‘ll be destroyed -- by my digestive system . . .”
The Queens recently wrapped up a headlining tour of U.S. clubs with a packed-to-the-gills show at the Troubadour. Next up for the band is a main-stage spot on this summer’s Ozzfest tour. Given Homme‘s distaste for testosterock -- he chose the name Queens of the Stone Age in hopes of alienating the more homophobic elements of Kyuss’ fan base -- the tour might produce some interesting confrontations.
“We look at it as almost a percentage thing,” Homme admits. “We‘re not after 60 percent [of the audience], we’re after 40 percent. When we were on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins, we saw both ‘the finger’ and ‘the thumb’; when it was 40 percent ‘thumb,’ we were happy.”
In any case, don‘t look for the Queens to play it safe onstage, either at Ozzfest or at headlining gigs of their own. “When you go see a band, and they play their record back at you, verbatim, it’s like, ‘What the fuck did I come here for?’” laughs Homme. “This isn‘t fucking Cats, you know what I mean?
”We’re doing Ozzfest as a four-piece, with Gene Troutman on drums, but we‘ve also been talking about doing a tour with two drummers, or a tour with Barrett Martin on steel drums and percussion. We’re not playing the same set twice in a row; it‘s a big concern of ours that we don’t get painted into a corner. The more habit-free we can keep it, the better it will be -- for us, and for our fans. We want to make it so that, even if you‘ve seen us four times in L.A. this year, you’ll still need to see the fifth show.“
Tom Selleck would undoubtedly be proud.