Despite having made his name shouting about mescaline and cunnilingus with Queens Of The Stone Age, it turns out there’s a soft, sweet side to Joshua Homme that was hitherto unsuspected.
Exhibit A – This adorable cover of traditional festival staple ‘Silent Night’, committed to tape on a recent Australian tour with antipodean singer-songwriter C.W Stoneking.
And, for that matter, Exhibit B – if you can imagine something even sweeter than the ‘No One Knows’ hardnut wassailing – here he is reading ‘’Twas The Night Before Christmas’ aloud with both his wife Brody Dalle (her off The Distillers), and their kids, as the flipside to his old-fashioned Christmas single
Go on, have a listen.
If you aren’t welling up already, what if I told you that all proceeds from the single will benefit the Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation, which provides guidance, assistance and resources to career musicians, studio engineers, and their families should they wind up struggling with illness or disability.
The proceeds will also be shared with Support Act, an Australian organisation with much the same mission.
In case all that festive wholesomeness sticks in your craw like a stray wishbone or inadequately-chewed Quality Street, remember that Homme’s other project, Eagles of Death Metal, just dropped a scatologically-titled album of vinyl covers called, ahem, Pigeons Of Shit Metal.
The name derives from a time, way back in the day, when they were supporting Guns ’N’ Roses, and Axl Rose charmingly asked the crowd after they left the stage “HOW DID YOU LIKE THE PIGEONS OF SHIT METAL?”
Here’s the Eagles' official response to that…
“At first the audience refused to welcome us to the jungle, but by the time we took our final bow, it had become paradise city. Although Axl tried to November rain on our parade, no sweet child o’ mine can derail the EODM night train.
“We say live and let die.”
Anyway, Merry Christmas, I guess.