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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are the mightiest rock band to stride the planet. Here they reveal why they’re like Italian ice cream . . . and haggis.

Interyiew: Henry Northmore.

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Oliveri The Neapolitan. i‘ you .'.’lil.

You sing about the highs but never ignore the lows

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Why is Songs for the Deaf darker than Rated R? Oliveri Rated R ‘.'.'as a party. We"? blame Mark {Lanegan '.'o::a|istj on that {laughs} Trere .‘xas a is? of shit. I rnean .'.'e .'.'at::he<i the txiin toners ',-n TV and there were a lot of things going; on. break his; and divorces.

Are you and Josh still the core of the group? Oliveri No. we are ail .'.r.'.t;nr;. \.'.e

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How do you keep up the on stage intensity?

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Phewey. Those Red Hot Chili Peppers' lyrics are as hot as their name and as

daft as their inpenetrable lyrics. Words: Doug Johnstone

The Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in 1983. So that's 20 years of iuiiiping up and down. creating dumb, feelgood funk rock. And 20 years in and out of rehab. living the rock'n'roll lifestyle to the max. Oh. and 20 years of possibly the smuttiest and most idiotic lyrics ever to be broadcast on daytime radio.

Has anyone else noticed that the Ohm Pepps' lyrics are complete filth? While essays have no doubt been written on the wordy musings of Stipe. Bono et al. and whole degrees are probably available in Morrissey studies. you're unliker ever to read a dissertation on 'Symbolisiii and Metaphor as Post-modern lrony lll the Lyrics of Anthony Kiedis'.

Anyway. Chili Pepps' lyrics basically fall into two categories. The first is pure filth. For example: ‘To finger paint is not a srrv I put my middle finger Ill/ Your monthly blood is what l win,‘ from ‘Purple Stain' (quite) on the multi-million selling Cal/fornication. itself a brilliantly idiotic play on words.

The second category is gibberish. Imagine Dr Seuss fronting Spinal Tap. and you’re getting there. The title track of the band's most recent record. By the Way. not only features Kedis declaring 'Dog town blood bath/ Rib cage soft tail.‘ but also ‘Black iack dope dick’ Pawn shop quick pick'. Wise words indeed.

If they're on fire they might try and double up gibberish and filth on something we've christened filtherish. So we get: ‘French electric sex a cock shocking swamp fox,‘ on 'Blackeyed Blonde'. or indeed the chorus of ‘Californication‘: 'First born unicorn/ Hard c0re soft porn/ Dream of Californication'. Eh?

And the list IS endless. ‘Suck My Kiss' (‘Little Bo Peep. Cumin' from my stun gun'i, 'Give It Away' i‘What I've got you've got to get it put it in you'). climaXing in the ridiculous ‘Sex Rap' where Kiedis reveals: ‘Well I like to make her cum/ To the rhythm of the drums.’ after much heaVing and sweating. Probably.

Actually. there probably is a these in all this. Where's my universny application form?

apply on the roads surrounding the venue.

Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

I The confirmed running order is: the Distillers, Electric Six. PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers (headliners). I Tickets are available from Ticketmaster on 0870 169 0100 or online at www.scotland. ticketmaster.co.uk.

I Gates open at noon and the event will end by 10.45pm. I Drivers note: there will be no public parking at the venue or near the park. City centre parking is at the High Street car park and restrictions will

I If travelling by public transport. buses and trains will be running their normal Sunday service timetable. For further travel information call

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