Song of the Week – The Way You Used to Do – Queens of the Stone Age

Whereas “Songs I Love” are tunes I dig that have stood the test of time, “Song of the Week” is typically a recent release that I heard, like, and can’t get out of my head.

I think this is the first time I’ve featured Queens of the Stone Age. If you don’t know them, Wikipedia describes them as “alternative rock, stoner rock, hard rock and alternative metal.” They’ve been around since 1996 and while I don’t follow them closely, I’ve liked just about everything I’ve heard from them.

This song, “The Way You Used To Do,” is from a forthcoming album called Villains. Band founder Josh Homme described the direction of the album as similar to Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” (Mark Ronson, who produced and co-wrote “Funk,” also produced Villains.)

Ok, well, sure. But that sure as hell ain’t this song. This song is totally old school kick-ass hard rock that drives like a motherfucker. Rolling Stone calls it “grisly and jumping.” I call it no-nonsense, no-bullshit rock and roll. It grabs you by the throat and won’t let go.

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The album drops on 8/25 and the band is touring behind it.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Week – The Way You Used to Do – Queens of the Stone Age

  1. Your quote about “I’ve liked just about everything I’ve heard” goes for CB also. Big Earl is always throwing these guys at me. We can’t get to it all Doc but we’ll try. Yeah your right, this tune kicks!


        1. Yep, that’s my policy. It’s like the comedians say: if you didn’t like this joke, don’t worry, there’ll be another one right behind it you’ll like better.


    1. Grohl. He gets around, huh? When they someday put together the list of “true rockers vs. poseurs,” he is near the top of the former.

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  2. It’s strange… I do like a bit of QOTSA and have caught em live over here but this one hasn’t really set my ears alight. I’m sure the album will kick arse though


    1. Huh! That’s funny. I love this tune. If the rest of the album really sounds like “Uptown Funk,” is that good? Don’t know.


      1. I can honestly say that, having not heard “Uptown Funk” I wouldn’t know. I’m simply going on past evidence. There seems to be a trend of late for harder acts getting the ‘pop’ producer in. I think the next Foos one is helmed by Adele’s producer


        1. Well, you gotta hear this. It was the smash hit of last year. Or maybe earlier this year? I actually kinda like Bruno Mars. I just don’t think his sound fits the Queens.


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