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Them Crooked Vultures 10 Year Anniversary


It has now been just about been 10 years since the supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, released their self-titled album. Many fans were hoping for a surprise album after the New Year, but were disappointed when one never arrived. Since we can’t listen to a new album, the best thing we can do is reminisce, remember and re-listen. So, in memory of the amazing group, composed of Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and sometimes Alain Johannes, we are here to remember the good times they brought us.
It started October of 2009 when a group released a new single called “New Fang”. The song started with a loud, driving, steady, drum beat thus introducing the humans of Earth to Them Crooked Vultures. The next month, a couple days later, they released another single by the name of “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”. This experimental, rugged, and energetic (and I can’t emphasize the energy enough) song can really make you want to get up and dance. The full album, which was almost a two disc-er, contained 13 songs which varied over and over. No two songs sounded the same, yet they were all just as amazing as the last. During its first week of being released, the album reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. A few songs on the album reached video game status, joining on games such as Rock Band 3 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The A.V. Club’s Steven Hyden said “The biggest pleasure of Them Crooked Vultures is hearing three supremely gifted players fall together quickly and easily on songs built on simple riffs that sound like they were made up on a lark five minutes earlier.”
In an interview, Dave, Josh, and John all recalled the recording process, saying that a majority of the final recordings on the album were literally recorded in a live jam session where they were basically just messing around. And honestly, if you listen to any of the solo’s on the album, you can tell. But in my opinion, that makes it all the more better.
So after 10 years of listening to the same album, we still don’t seem to be getting a new one any time soon. Although, you can listen to the new Queens of the Stone Age or Foo Fighters albums that came out rather recently. Hopefully, I’m wrong and a surprise album is right around the corner. Hopefully…