My God Is the Sun

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"My God Is the Sun"
Single by Queens of the Stone Age
from the album ...Like Clockwork
Released April 8, 2013
Format Digital download
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:55
Label Matador Records
Writer(s) Josh Homme
Producer(s) Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age singles chronology
"Make It wit Chu"
(2007)
"My God Is the Sun"
(2013)
"I Sat by the Ocean"
(2013)

"My God Is the Sun" is the first single by Queens of the Stone Age from their sixth studio album, ...Like Clockwork (2013). The band debuted the song at Lollapalooza Brazil on March 30, 2013. The studio version of the single debuted on BBC Radio 1 on April 8, 2013, and became available for download with preorders of the album.

In December 2013, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Rock Performance.[1] Although the song did not win, it was played as the closer for the show. However, their performance (which was in collaboration with Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, and Nine Inch Nails) was cut short, and the credits and advertisements ran over top the performance. This has created an uproar from the performers, particularly Trent Reznor, criticizing the event for cheating them.[2]

Release[edit]

The Queens of the Stone Age debuted "My God Is the Sun" at Lollapalooza in São Paulo, Brazil, on March 30, 2013. That performance was also the first for Jon Theodore as the band's new drummer. Dave Grohl recorded drums on this track for the album.[3][4]

The studio version of "My God is the Sun" premiered on Zane Lowe's radio show on BBC Radio 1 on April 8, 2013.[5] By preordering the album from Matador Records or iTunes, listeners could receive the single as a download that day.[6]

On May 17, a video for "My God is the Sun" was released. It is the first full-length video to be released for this album, complementing partial-length videos for "I Appear Missing", "Kalopsia", "If I Had a Tail", and "Keep Your Eyes Peeled".

The song appeared in the documentary Warren Miller's Free Ticket to Ride and is available as downloadable content for Rocksmith 2014.

Reviews[edit]

Rolling Stone reported that the song presented as a "heavy track featur[ing] meaty bass, a needling guitar assault and spiraling drums over Josh Homme's vocal battle cry."[7] Kevin Perry of NME wrote that "the arrival of 'My God Is The Sun' feels like a moment. It shrugs off any weight of expectation it might have felt from the moment it opens with the shake of a maraca, always a sure sign that a band is here for a good time. The track that roars forth is as ferocious as we'd hoped it would be, all driving riffs beneath Josh Homme's unmistakable croon."[8]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 37
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 92
US Regional Mexican Airplay (Billboard)[11] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 77
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees". Grammy Awards. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/503928/trent-reznor-tweets-f-you-to-grammys-after-nine-inch-nails-performance-gets-cut-short
  3. ^ "Video: Queens of the Stone Age Debut New Song at Lollapalooza Brazil". Rolling Stone. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  4. ^ Maia, Diego (2013-03-30). "Queens of the Stone Age vai tocar música inédita em show de hoje" (in Portuguese). Veja São Paulo. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  5. ^ Maas, Emily (2013-04-08). "Queens of the Stone Age Returns With 'My God Is The Sun' Single: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  6. ^ Stickler, Jon (2013-04-08). "Queens Of The Stone Age Première New Track 'My God Is The Sun' - Listen Now - Stereoboard UK". Stereoboard.com. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  7. ^ Cubarrubia, RJ (2013-04-08). "Video: Queens of the Stone Age Unleash 'My God Is the Sun'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  8. ^ Perry, Kevin (2013-04-11). "NME Track Reviews - Queens Of The Stone Age - 'My God Is The Sun'". NME. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Queens of the Stone Age – My God Is the Sun" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 15, 2013". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  11. ^ "Queens of the Stone Age Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Regional Mexican Songs for Queens of the Stone Age.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Queens of the Stone Age – My God Is the Sun" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Queens of the Stone Age Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Queens of the Stone Age.