Sick, Sick, Sick

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"Sick, Sick, Sick"
Single by Queens of the Stone Age
from the album Era Vulgaris
Released May 8, 2007
Format Digital download (only)
Genre Stoner rock, alternative metal
Length 3:34
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Joey Castillo
Chris Goss
Josh Homme
Troy Van Leeuwen
Producer(s) Chris Goss and Josh Homme
Queens of the Stone Age singles chronology
"Burn the Witch"
"Sick, Sick, Sick"
"3's & 7's"

"Sick, Sick, Sick" is a single released by Queens of the Stone Age from their 2007 album Era Vulgaris. It was released on May 8, 2007 as a digital download only from the U.S. iTunes Store.[1] A Sick, Sick, Sick EP was also given a limited release, containing the song and three B-Sides: "I'm Designer" (remix), "Goin' Out West" (Tom Waits cover) and "Christian Brothers" (Elliott Smith cover). The song features Julian Casablancas of The Strokes on backing vocals and synth guitar.[2]

[Sick, Sick, Sick] is the Fairy God Prince of the Gutter, touching everyone on the head and releasing them from their shackles of guilt.

Josh Homme in interview with Dose magazine, May 2007.[3]

Additionally, the song appears in a 3-song pack - Along with other Queens of the Stone Age songs "Little Sister" and "3's and 7's" - as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band and also appears on the soundtrack of the game MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. The song is also set for Guitar Hero: Van Halen. "Sick, Sick, Sick" along with "Make It wit Chu" were featured in the Warren Miller documentary Playground.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sick, Sick, Sick" (Homme, Van Leeuwen, Castillo, Goss) - 3:35
  2. "I'm Designer" (Primal Scream Remix) (Homme, Van Leeuwen, Castillo) - 3:46
  3. "Goin' Out West" (Waits, Brennan) - 3:27
  4. "Christian Brothers" (Smith) - 4:23


Music videos[edit]

Director Brett Simon shot a video for "Sick, Sick, Sick" on April 25 in the Los Angeles area, featuring the band performing "at a dinner party audience of one",[4] at "this kind of LoCal local remote homemade…church-castle…in East L.A.".[5]

The video starts with images of food being prepared, as well as human fingers being rubbed with seasoning. A classy, beautiful woman in black is sitting alone at a huge dinner table piled high with food, enjoying her meal and watching the band perform. It's revealed that each member of the band is chained to the wall by the ankle. The cannabalistic woman rings the bell, the masked, gloved "chefs" collect a band-member by the chain and lead him away to be butchered, cooked, and served to her. This is largely symbolized with footage of the band playing in a red, oven-like environment or with their mouths stuffed with vegetables. The rest of the band play on while the woman consumes fingers and other body parts. Instead of getting full, the woman seems to get hungrier and more desperate as the song goes on, and by the time Josh Homme is the only one left, she is crawling on the table, stuffing food into her mouth with both hands. Homme watches this and kicks his ankle chain around. She finally looks him right in the eye and rings the bell for him to be cooked. He is led away and joins the rest of the band playing in the "oven" as the woman collapses on the table, spent but still eating.

Liam Lynch directed the official alternate video for the song. It was released on on May 30, and was made by Lynch at his expense (i.e. without being commissioned, outside of the label), but once it was finished the label picked it up and made it the official video for Germany. The video, which stars Lynch, Josh Homme, and Wendy Rae Fowler (in her fourth appearance in a Queens of the Stone Age video, among them "Burn the Witch") was shot at Lynch's house in front of a green screen, without any crew. Later, animation similar to the "Go with the Flow" video was added.


Chart (2007) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 65
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 91
Finnish Singles Chart[6] 18
German Singles Chart 77
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 23


  1. ^ "Queens of the Stone age unveil new album artwork". Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  2. ^ "rock and roll diary", retrieved April 7, 2007
  3. ^ Adler, Heather (2007-05-08). "Album Spotlight: Josh Homme spills on new Queens of the Stone Age record, Era Vulgaris". Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  4. ^ QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Films 'Sick, Sick, Sick' Video, Apr. 28, 2007
  5. ^ Josh Homme, Joey Castillo (interviewees) (2007-05-09). Queens Of The Stone Age interview (.WMV). Virgin Media. Event occurs at 0:14–0:24. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dutch Singles Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

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