“I liked Kyuss a lot, but the first Queens record was way more than stoner rock. It was almost like the first Neu! records – this repetitive robot rock. The songs are great, but it’s all about the sound of the guitar. The tones are so special and unique.
“Josh Homme has gotten a lot better on the guitar since this record, but the stuff he plays here is fantastic. His leads are really cool. There’s so many elements here from a lot of the records I put on my list – The Stooges, Black Flag, Zeppelin – but it’s all him, man. He has a nasty vibrato; he can do those backwards Hendrix bends like you wouldn’t believe. That stuff is really hard to do.
“It’s an important record because it started one of the most unique, modern rock bands. And it holds up, too. A great first record.”