Josh Homme: interview



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Josh Homme is the frontman of Queens Of The Stone Age, among other hard-rockin‘ concerns. Here are ten things you might not know about him

  • Josh Homme: interview

    Queens Of The Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme

  • He’s a doting dad

    ‘I think the best thing I could ever teach my daughter is that she’s not an object or a trophy, and that she can trust in herself and believe in herself and that you are not your things, and you are not your job.’

    He’s also a smartass

    ‘Well, I come from a long, long line of smartasses. Smartass is allergic to dumbass. It’s actually a physical allergy, as in you’re repulsed by dumbasses. So I plan to give my daughter a great sense of humour. Hopefully she’ll get the same allergy and I won’t have to do anything.’

    He’d be a big fan of the Plain English Campaign, if he’d heard of it

    ‘The language that we use now impacts on the ability to vote, it impacts on the marketplace; instead of making things clear it makes it more confusing. I think we need to stop using neutral language and speak in straighter terms. So when you agree to something, you actually get what you agreed to in the first place.’

    He hates equality

    ‘Looking for equality everywhere is a huge mistake because equals are terrible and boring. But a sense of fairness and justice is a totally different thing and a much more complex thing. So everyone says, “Yes! Equality!” But I say down with equality. Equality as a goal is… Well, a goal should be something that is possible, and something that’s worth it. So I think if you’re goal-oriented person, equality is a huge clerical error.’

    He can work magic, on stage and off

    ‘Yeah, I can make all the tequila in a bottle disappear. It’s a talent. Nothing comes easy and talent is something you get but, if you don’t develop it, it becomes like an apple; you keep taking bites of it until it’s gone. So you have to plant the seeds. Then you have the orchard. And then you have Jonestown.’

    He feels the fear, but does it anyway

    ‘I get scared all the time. I try not to let it have any impact on the decision of whether to do it or not. I think you can separate yourself from your fears. You know what you should do, and it’s just scary to do it. But I’d hate to let the fact that I’m scared to do it make me not do it. It ends up defining you. Because the moves you make are then based on what you don’t want to do. I’d rather focus on the things that I’m really into and take a few hits along the neck and chest area.’

    He innovates, by mistake

    ‘I love using the worst thing incorrectly, because that’s how you get something special. One of my favourite guitar amps is a cassette recorder. I also use it to record vocals and damn near anything that walks or crawls, and I’ve used from trashcan to lamppost to all manner of furniture as percussion. Treasure’s in the trash.’

    He probably wouldn’t eat human flesh if given the chance

    ‘Is it milk fed? Has it been kept in the dark? Well, free-range people is my business. Am I on a reality show where I could win something? Even in my blind and maniacal search for fame and fortune, and my desire to win among other people, I don’t think I would. But I do love the way it’s prepared, I gotta say. I love provincial French cuisine as much as the next guy.’

    He’s all man, man

    ‘I think the emasculating of the Western male is kind of gross. I don’t think it’s necessary to be so macho that if someone combs their hair you say “fag”, but I also think it’s a true shame to be a total pussy. It comes back to equality again; men and women are totally different in every way, and I dig that. I think we’re there to finish each other, you know? And I think attempts to be what you’re not, that creates guilt. And guilt is like that weird tar stuff you put on roofs that really takes forever to get off of you. And I can’t stand it so I try never to use it. So I say give the men their balls back, and let’s celebrate our differences, over drinks.’

    He’s not up on the new ghetto drugs

    ‘I’d beware of anything too couture, because I really think it needs to be tested on other humans first. But I hear the new wave of children’s cough syrup is really out of control. It’s easier on the liver. And by the way, why do they call it a “liver” when all you’re doing is trying to knock it down a peg or two all the time? A dier is more appropriate.’

    Queens Of The Stone Age play Hammersmith Apollo on February 11.

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