Although Queens of the Stone Age had launched one album prior, they actually loved their breakout with the 2000 album, Rated R, which featured the singles “The Misplaced Artwork of Conserving a Secret” and “Really feel Good Hit of the Summer time.” Although it is likely to be exhausting to select, Rob Halford is definitely credited on “Really feel Good Hit of the Summer time,” however his vocal on the observe was as soon as thought-about for a extra distinguished function in response to former Queens bassist Nick Oliveri.
Oliveri recalled the periods recording the album, together with when Halford dropped in to document a backing observe for them on the tune. As Oliveri recalled, there are variations during which Halford’s vocal is extra distinguished, however they finally weren’t used, although he nonetheless has CD mixes from these periods.
Talking with SongFacts, Oliveri states, “Bands sort of got here and went [while we were in the studio]. We weren’t there for that lengthy, however possibly the band Battle or Halford was there for the entire time we had been there. I keep in mind being in there and Rob Halford being tremendous cool to us. I am an previous fan of Judas Priest, I simply love that stuff. It is good rock and roll. Their early stuff is basically, actually nice.”
He continues, “Certainly one of my favourite recollections was when [producer] Chris [Goss] requested Rob if he’d sing on ‘Really feel Good Hit of the Summer time.’ He is not likely featured in there, however I’ve mixes of CDs from each day. We recorded all these periods from Songs for the Deaf and Rated R. I took a CD house each day to see the place we had been, as a result of complete completely different phrases would come for a tune, guitar components, piano, you identify it. So I’ve all these completely different variations of those songs on CDs in my home in a field someplace.”
Because it seems, the controversy over Halford’s vocal backing got here with which half can be featured. As Oliveri remembers, “Certainly one of them is with Rob Halford being extra featured with ‘COCAINE!’ – with the Rob Halford-style singing. Josh [Homme] did not wish to put that in there. He needed what he known as ‘the extra sinister Rob’ for the ‘Nicotine, valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol’ components. However I favored the ‘Cocaine’ components with the high-pitched singing.”
Because it seems, Halford’s vocal is barely used within the ultimate refrain of the tune, but it surely was sufficient to earn him a credit score. As Oliveri remembers, “We requested him, “Hey, what do you wish to be credited as?’ He goes, ‘Simply put down ‘vocals by the Metallic God,’ and he walked out!”
The tune has gone on to turn out to be one of many band’s greatest songs within the reside setting, although the drug content material doubtless saved it from being a radio hit. It did briefly chart within the U.Okay. and Australia. Hear the tune in its ultimate kind beneath.
Queens of the Stone Age, “Really feel Good Hit of the Summer time”
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