Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

3. Queens Of The Stone Age…Like Clockwork

I’d been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age for a long, long time, from early on. I could have picked any of their records but …Like Clockwork is my favourite. It’s just a true record, it’s a representation of a man that’s been in music for a fucking long time, close to as long as I’ve been alive for, and it’s amazing for a man like him to be releasing records like this so late into his career, songs with such power like ‘My God Is The Sun’ which is a formidable rock song, and ‘If I Had A Tail’ which has the swagger the Rolling Stones wish they had. I just love that Josh Homme does whatever he wants and it’s undeniably Queens. He’s invented a sound from his own style.

I’d always been a fan and I was waiting for this record for a long, long time, but it took things to a whole other level. I don’t get excited over many records, but with this and [Nick Cave’s] Skeleton Tree I had the same sort of feeling. Sometimes you worry about your favourite band releasing a new record because you just want it to be good, but this rewrote everything I thought about them, and everything I knew about life. That’s what I love about them, and pretty much all of these bands. When a band is able to surprise you late in their career it’s a wonderful thing.

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