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Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age

Era Vulgaris

by Queens of the Stone Age


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Barcode: 0602508108259
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
Sleeve: Mint (M)

Era Vulgaris, the fifth studio album by Queens of the Stone Age, was recorded from July 2006 to April 2007 and released on 20 July 2007, in the UK and July 21 in the US, followed by a global release on 29 July. The singles “Sick, Sick, Sick,” “3’s & 7’s,” and “Make It wit Chu” were released in May, June, and October, respectively. Debuting at No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts, the album sold 52,000 copies in its first week and achieved top-ten positions in various countries, including No. 7 in the UK, No. 5 in Canada, and No. 4 in Australia. Era Vulgaris marked the band’s final album with Interscope Records.

Inspired by frontman Josh Homme’s daily drives through Hollywood, Era Vulgaris took a darker, hard, and electrical direction compared to its predecessor, Songs for the Deaf. The title, Latin for Common Era, was chosen for its association with ‘the Vulgar Era,’ reflecting a concept Homme found appealing. Some tracks, like “Into the Hollow” and “Make It wit Chu,” had been performed or recorded earlier by Homme and collaborators.

Pre-production featured speculation about contributors, including bassist Jesse F. Keeler, though conflicting schedules led to his absence. Guest performances by Trent Reznor, Julian Casablancas, Mark Lanegan, Billy Gibbons, and humorist Erma Bombeck were anticipated, but only Casablancas and Lanegan contributed to the U.S. release. Recording occurred from July 2006 to April 2007, entirely independent of Interscope Records, with Homme and Chris Goss producing as The Fififf Teeners. Alain Johannes served as the recording and mixing engineer.

Era Vulgaris showcased diverse influences, departing from the previous album’s softer sound with heavy, crunchy guitars and electronic touches. The album integrated punk, rock, blues, and southern grit, exhibiting a brand-new retro style. Notably, Gary Numan’s influence was acknowledged by Rolling Stone.

Promotional videos and online teasers were released, including footage of the band recording tracks. A promotional contest involving a CD titled “You Know What You Did” was organised, containing the unreleased track “Era Vulgaris.” Fans were encouraged to share the song creatively. Additional promotional efforts included the release of “The Fun Machine Took a Shit & Died” as a CD single and appearances on radio shows.

The album cover featured characters from promotional videos, departing from previous plainer designs. Characters like Bulby and Stumpy the Pirate were created to complement the album’s 1950s advertising satire theme. The cover art, including a slip of paper with simplified credits, maintained an Old English style font.

A1 Turnin' On The Screw
A2 Sick, Sick, Sick
A3 I'm Designer
A4 Into The Hollow
A5 Misfit Love
A6 Running Joke
B1 Battery Acid
B2 Make It Wit Chu
B3 3's & 7's
B4 Suture Up Your Future
B5 River In The Road
B6 Run, Pig, Run
Catalogue No.: 810825
Barcode: 0602508108259
Genre: Rock
Style: Stoner Rock, Indie Rock
Label: Interscope Records
Released: 2019
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold

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