On June 6, 2000 Queens of the Stone Age released its breakout album Rated R and it jettisoned the band into the blinding limelight as the act that would save rock and roll. This trippy, fuzzy, distorted, Californian five-piece was our saving grace, the band that would restore order and rescue music from the poisonous clutches of N’Sync, the Spice Girls, and the rest of the boy and girl bands and poppy bubble-gum solo acts (Brittany, Christina, Jennifer, Ricky Martin, etc) that were corrupting young minds at such a dangerous rate, and in harmony no less.
Tracks like “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret,” “Quick And To The Pointless,” and “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,” a track that literally has six words in its verses (and I quote “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, Marijuana, Ecstasy and Alcohol”) and a chorus written by Dr. Rockzo…”C-c-c-c-c-cocaine…” aided the album’s ascent up The Heatseekers Chart, peaking at 16.
The record was so good that QOTSA is reissuing it with a release date set for August 3. Accompanying the reissue will be a live recording of the band’s 2000 Reading Festival Performance as well as a B-Sides and Bonuses disc with six previously “unreleased” tracks.
I’ve placed the word “unreleased” in quotes because QOTSA has allowed “Ode To Clarissa” to drop early under the label of “previously unreleased.” However, on June 6, 2000, this piece of Grungy Desert-Rock was included as track 12 on the version released in Japan. It could also be accessed on the limited edition LP, Rated R (X Rated), and was one half of the “Lost Art of Keeping A Secret” single.
Therefore, a little more than a decade after its issue, “Ode To Clarissa” has been re-released under a false title. But, if you are unfamiliar with this track, feel free to sample and download it here. It’s very good.