There’s something genuinely disconcerting about Josh Homme crooning pacifically across acoustic guitar twangs – you can’t help but suspect that something fluffy with bulging, dewy eyes had to be masochistically dismembered in order for us to be able to revel in such unsettling seduction, or that an occurrence yet more discomforting still will be sure to succeed said luxury. But for the time being, you’d best merely relish Queens of the Stone Age’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge rendition of Arctic Monkeys’ otherwise inconsequential latest single, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
In town ahead of a heftily anticipated show at tonight’s iTunes Festival, Homme and a couple of his trusty hombres delivered this sassy take to Fearne Cotton of all people yesterday morning when they swung by BBC Broadcasting House, also airing a pared back rendition of …Like Clockwork cog I Sat By The Ocean. But it’s this strikingly intimate reworking of big bud Alex Turner’s latest sardonic brood that really resonates, staccato plucking combining with Homme’s smouldering tones smooth as menthol cigarettes to spawn a passively aggressive pièce de résistance. So sweet, if reliably so. Just …Like Clockwork.
QOTSA return to London for two Wembley Arena shows this coming November.