Monday, 14 December 2009

17: Queens Of The Stone Age - Little Sister

The best song ever to feature a jam block (it's not a cowbell, fact fans) as its central instrument, 'Little Sister' was the first single, and standout track on QOTSA's 2005 album, 'Lullabies To Paralyze'. Recorded live in their Sound City Studio in just one take, frontman Josh Homme has described it as a "sexually charged" reworking of the Elvis Presley song of the same name. Four quick knocks on the jam bell herald the introduction of the guitar riff, then Homme's trademark sex-and-cigarettes vocal style takes control, rattles the listener around a bit, before spitting us out the other side.

I said previously that
my #47 song of the decade, 'Go With The Flow' was rather "unconventional and gritty" for a chart hit. If that's the case, then how surprising must the success of this song have been?

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