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Tension head is a re-recording of the song 13th Floor by Mondo Generator, Nick Oliveri’s main band.
The track originally appeared on Mondo Generator’s debut album Cocaine Rodeo, which was recorded in 1997 but not released until 2000, around the same time as Rated R. Homme acted as guitarist for Mondo Generator until ’04, so the dynamic between him and Oliveri on the original version is similar to the Rated R recording.
Mondo Generator, however, are a band with more of a hard-edged, punk and metal influenced vibe than QOTSA. Unsurprisingly Mondo’s version is even rougher and harder than QOTSA’s version. Listen below.