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Queens of the Stone Age, ‘Rated R’ — Deluxe Edition Reissue

Queens of the Stone AgeIt’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Queens of the Stone Age released their breakthrough album, ‘Rated R.’ They played Ozzfest in support of their major label debut, which seemed like an odd pairing, but this was before the really band blew up on the back of the hit ‘No One Knows,’ which appeared on ‘Songs for the Deaf,’ the 2002 follow-up to ‘Rated R.’

Interscope/UME is celebrating the 10th anniversary of ‘Rated R’ with an expanded, two-disc deluxe edition, simply titled ‘Rated R — Deluxe Edition.’ It was the band’s second album and major label debut, originally released on June 6, 2000, and it really demonstrated singer/guitarist Josh Homme’s sense of humor — which is drier than the California desert region where grew up — alongside his commanding guitar skills, too.

What’s special about the amped up, deluxe version? It’s the original album with a second disc of six B-sides and the band’s appearance at the 2000 Reading Festival, which features nine previously unreleased songs, including live versions of ‘Rated R’ gems like ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer,’ ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret,’ ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ and ‘Quick and to the Pointless.’

The B-sides are ‘Ode To Clarissa,’ ‘You’re So Vague,’ a spoof of Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain,’ covers of Romeo Void‘s ‘Never Say Never’ and the Kinks‘ ‘Who’ll Be the Next In Line,’ a live version of the album’s ‘Monsters In the Parasol’ and a re-recording of ‘Born to Hula,’ an early QOTSA song. The other Reading Festival tracks are concert takes on ‘Ode to Clarissa,’ three songs from the band’s self-titled debut album (‘Regular John,’ ‘Avon’ and ‘You Can’t Quit Me, Baby’) and ‘Millionaire,’ a song originally from Homme’s side project Desert Sessions.

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