DAVID reviews

1 December 2017

Queens of the Stone Age: The Way We Used To

by Andrew MacGregor


Queens of the Stone Age: “The Way We Used To” - 5 mins

Palm Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age relish their dark side in this bravado promo. Hair slicked and snakeskin-shoe’d, frontman Josh Homme offers a mysterious deal. What’s the worse that could happen?

Staring down the camera with predatory brio, Homme draws the viewer deeper into an infernal dancehall. Pentagrams, devil horns, and multiple costume changes leave one bedazzled.

Such delirium extends to the lyrics. “Is love mental disease or lucky fever dream? Fine with either” croons Homme over the track’s electric boogie. Seven albums in, it’s good to know he’s lost none of his swagger.


Director: Jonas Åkerlund (repped in the UK by RSA Ⓦ)
Cinematography: Par Ekberg
Production Design: Emma Fairley
Costume Design: Maryam Malakpour
Choreography: Lisa Eaton
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