Josh Homme praises 'fantastic' Arctic Monkeys

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 May 2013
Josh Homme

Josh Homme

Josh Homme thinks the Arctic Monkeys are "fantastic" and takes no credit for their music after he produced one of their albums, 'Hamburg'

Josh Homme thinks the Arctic Monkeys are "fantastic".

The Queens of the Stone Age frontman - who produced the rock quartet's third album 'Hamburg' and offered his vocals to their track 'All My Own Stunts' from their 2011 record 'Suck It and See' - loved working with the band and insists he didn't have a "heavy impact" on their music.

When asked what it was like to work with the Sheffield-born musicians, Josh replied: "They're fantastic. People have this incorrect assumption that I had some heavy impact on them, but as a producer I prefer to be more transparent, like a transparent cake dish put over the top of bands to protect them from outsiders, so they can be themselves.

"That was the record they needed to make - they wanted to get weird."

Josh and his bandmates - Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita and Michael Shuman - were lucky enough to record tracks with Jake Shears and Sir Elton John for their new album '... Like Clockwork' and enjoyed how naturally everything came together.

The flame-haired rocker told ShortList magazine: "Jake is my TV-watching buddy, we have dinner at my house and watch 'Game of Thrones'. He's also talented as well. Nothing strengthens a friendship like putting your artistic faith in your friend's hands and saying, 'Don't make me look bad.'

"Elton actually called me at my house on a Sunday and said, 'Josh, it's Elton,' and I said, 'No,' and he said, 'It's Elton John,' and I said, 'Yeah, I know.' We just clicked on the phone right away."

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