Duff McKagan: Summertime Road Trips with Queens of the Stone Age's Rated R

Duff McKagan's column runs every Thursday on Reverb. He writes about what music is circulating through his space every Monday.
Summertime, for me, means driving . Whether it is on tour somewhere, or just the many drives I do over to Eastern Washington, I need some rock to escort me along the way and while away the miles.

Last summer, my daughters and I got into The Tinted Windows and Parlor Mob. This past week, I was delighted that my girls asked to hear Queens Of The Stone Age's Rated R over and over again. This record is certainly a top 5 for me.

"Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" - QOTSA (Rated R): I always put this track up to compare mixes of rock bands that I have been in since this record came out. A real fucking stomper. THIS is rock and roll, if you are asking me.

"Monster In Her Parasol" - QOTSA (Rated R): A bizarre mixture of musical parts that should not and usually would not work together. But in this case it is songwriting wizardry...straight up.

"Straight And To The Pointless" - QOTSA (Rated R): Manic punk rock as its primal best.

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