Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu' (7", Polydor)

I have to admit that I'm not a fan of QOTSA. Their brand of stoner rock/death metal has never appealed to me. That's probably why I like "Make It Wit Chu'" so much.

"Make It Wit Chu'" is perhaps the bluesiest track QOTSA have ever written, with a side of booty-shakin' funk. The track was first played live at the Desert Sessions (with PJ Harvey on backing vocals), and appeared on the bands live DVDs. It finally made its way to an album with 2007's Era Vulgaris.

Lyrically, there's not much to the track. It's a lovers lament, with Homme doing a seductive falsetto over a pseudo-funk riff that will stick in your head. Here Homme’s ultra melodic delivery makes perfect sense, fluttering over a slow, soulful boogie. There’s something Neil Young-like in the shuffle of piano and drums, and particularly in the long-noted guitar solo. It’s also as close as QOTSA gets to a love song, jaded about life ("Sometimes the same is different/But mostly it’s the same"), but unusually direct and open-hearted. The only downside about the song is the way it finishes, in a series of big distorted guitar notes that are totally out of place in this track.

The album version of the single (pictured above) is backed with "Needles in the camel's eye", while the acoustic version is backed with a cover of Billy Idol's "White Wedding".

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