Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

Josh Homme said when introducing this song “This next song is called Ode To Clarissa, it’s about Michelle”. As for my reference, I think its quite dumb and obvious, but I think it works. This song was also found on the deluxe version of the album. Last track I’m doing for Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

The closer track from QOTSA’s Rated R is an epic 8 minute travesty that mostly focuses on paranoia over a tense atmosphere. The song slowly dies over an unusual 15/8 time signature that drifts on for a while closing this album wonderfully. .

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

Lightning Song is a neat and mellow jam that segways Tension Head and album closer I Think I Lost My Headache.
Track 10 of my QOTSA‘s Rated R series!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

Tension Head is one of those QOTSA tracks that focuses on the abuse of drugs and how they control you. This one focuses on the difficulty of sobriety.

Track 9 of my Rated R series!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

Although this song reads as a smooth breakup lullaby, I believe it to be about breaking up with one’s fear of death and, basically, grabbing life by the balls. Sung very fittingly by Mark Lanegan. Track 8 of my QOTSA‘s Rated R series!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

I read somewhere that this song was recorded on one take. It talks about falling for an underage girl. Another fast and explosive song with Nick Oliveri on lead vocals which we seem to be missing on the later albums. Love this one.

Track 07 of my Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R series.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

Monsters In The Parasol was the third single for Rated R. The song talks about Josh Homme’s first ball-tripping LSD run. This song was on Desert Sessions Vol. 4 by The Green Monarchs.
Track 6 of my Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R series, oh well.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ was the slogan for a chemical company called DuPont until 1982. My idea comes from the blue pill from those Matrix films. The blue pill could symbolize blissful ignorance, which makes the opens your eyes line from the song quite ironic. Track 5 of my Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R series!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

On a first glance, Auto Pilot seems to be straight on about drugs and having fun. Taking a closer look, it seems to be about how different the world seems when you’ve been out partying for several days. So, who knows, maybe both meanings.

Track 4 of my Queens of the Stone Age‘s Rated R series!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

This is one of the tracks that mostly paint a picture with words such as Medication and I’m Designer. I believe the title refers to Roald Dahl’s Lamb to the Slaughter where a lady kills her husband with a leg of lamb, then feeds it to the police. Track 3 of my Queens of the Stone Age‘s Rated R series.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

I think Josh Homme said this song was “about fucking”, but says so about so many songs, haha
Like other Queen of the Stone Age tracks, this one is filled with sexual connotations and nice little observations about trust and getting even. 

Track 2 of my Rated R series.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R.

Conceived as a social experiment by Josh Homme, this chant works as a satirical take on their music being labelled as stoner rock. This is the hardest I had to think about an illustration and the first time I could squeeze in the entire lyrics onto one artwork.

Track 01 from Rated R by @queensofthestoneage !

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

@josh.homme said something about this song: “I went to Seattle, because I still wanted to be on the West Coast. So I was in this bar, there’s a lot of bitter people there, especially music types. Anyway, I’m in this bar and there’s this guy saying the stupidest bitter drunk rant about how he was a model when he was young. He was just a toothless bum screaming about being a child actor, model and shit.”


Last track of @queensofthestoneage ’s debut.


This was fun!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

This instrumental track bursts out in your face and sets up the mood for You Can’t Quit Me Baby. I just drew whatever came to my head while playing this track on repeat. That’s track 8 of my @queensofthestoneage ’s self-titled debut. One of my faves of the album!

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

This one is a song about stubborn people and that when an idea or person is stuck in you head, you will be a stubborn-ass fucker until you get it. Track 11 of @queensofthestoneage ’s self-titled debut.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

Track 9 is a song about a relationship when one is much more into the other one. After a while, this person can’t seem to let go and is obsessed with this “solid gold” idea of her as a perfect being. An amazing track for this album, @qotsa’s self-titled.


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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

This song talks about the time when @josh.homme was stuck in a Mexican jail. The story says that not long before the arrest, a woman selling crucifixes told him he’d be in big trouble soon. Track 07 of my @queensofthestoneage ’s self-titled album.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

How To Handle a Rope was released as the third and final single of @queensofthestoneage ’s debut album. The song was later renamed with (A Lesson in the Lariat) on the album’s re-release in 2011.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

I believe this song talks about people that don’t do drugs and how they are afraid of everything that has to do with them. Added to their fear, the judgement and prejudice clouds any chance of better understanding without knowing a thing.
Track 05 of my @queensofthestoneage ’s self titled series, almost there guys.

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Illustrating every song from Queens of the Stone Age’s self-titled debut.

Josh Homme came up with Walkin’ On The Sidewalks after a dream he had where a lot of people drifted off into space. “Pretty soon we were all in space floating apart, until I couldn’t see anybody and everyone became stars”
Sweet ass fourth track on @queensofthestoneage ’s first album.

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