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… with all these units in place was a cacophony of travesty.

You know, I never thought that I’d find a supergroup that I could respect. Let’s think on this for a moment. Who remembers that shitty supergroup experiment that aired on VH1 eight years ago? Supergroup? Does anyone remember who was in this “supergroup”? That’s alright, because sadly, I do. Mr. “Cat Scratch Fever” and NRA card toting member, Ted Nugent, Biohazard‘s resident porno hack, Evan Seinfeld, “Bonzo, Jr.“, Jason Bonham, Anthax‘s Scott Ian and the mediocre, Sebastian Bach. What came out of this experiment (or didn’t come out of it) was the dysfunctional band that would be Damnocracy. It is my opinion that Damnocracy, with all these units in place was a cacophony of travesty. Truly horrific. Damnocracy crashed and burned and finally disbanded for good (thank the 12 deities) in 2010. I didn’t believe that any supergroup could work after this. I was wrong. Which brings us to what Desert Island is all about today …

What resulted from this little project was hard rocking magic.

In 2009, another supergroup (one that made much more sense this time) released an album of major kick ass-ness. All the pieces fit. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Nirvana), Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), and John Paul Jones (LED ZEPPELIN) got together at the behest of Dave Grohl, who back in 2005 told John Paul Jones that he wanted to do something with him one day. Well, one day was four years later, and that “something” included Josh Homme to form the supergroup that would become Them Crooked Vultures. What resulted from this little project was hard rocking magic. This formula worked quite well. What came out of this holiest of holy unions was an album that any fan of rock could get behind. The music on Them Crooked Vultures self titled debut sounded like what it was supposed to be: three very accomplished musicians doing what they were born to do: Smash faces with Rock.

Them Crooked Vultures play Metro Chicago, 8/9/2009. Photograph by Joseph Mohan

Josh spews a very “Strange Brew“-like vocal performance on “Scumbag” …

The songs on Them Crooked Vultures had a classic feel and familiarity to them while maintaining the mood that you have never heard anything quite like this before or since. There are many notable tracks on this one album. All killer, no filler comes to mind. One could hear this album for the first time and kind of get the feeling that it came off quite effortlessly. There are tracks on the album like “Scumbag Blues“, which upon hearing it, you instantly make the connection to another supergroup, this one from the late ’60’s. Can you guess? That’s right. Cream. Josh spews a very “Strange Brew“-like vocal performance on “Scumbag“, but hey, it works with that “classic” feel I was talking about earlier.

You want more of Them Crooked Vultures after the last track … has faded away.

How can I further express just how fucking balls out rocking this album is? Songs like “Dead End Friends“, “Gunman“, “Caligulove“, and “Elephants” penetrate that part of your brain that makes one head bang like no one’s watching. The 13 tracks that encompass this album are just not enough. You want more of Them Crooked Vultures after the last track (“Spinning in Daffodils“) has faded away.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES

It’s 2014 and it feels like forever since Them Crooked Vultures went away (after some subsequent touring in 2010), and you know what? I miss them. I get it though. When you have other rocking duties like fronting the Foo Fighters and helming the ship that is Queens Of The Stone Age, schedules get tight, but huzzah! A light at the end of the tunnel. According to Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, Them Crooked Vultures are working up material for a brand new album which promises to be more hard rocking than the first (a bold statement since the first album was pretty fucking spectacular.) When will this album see the light of day? No one knows, but I for one hope it’s sooner rather than later. For now I, along with the other Vultures fans out there will be impatiently waiting for the first real rumblings of Vultures rock as they arrive. If you have not had the great pleasure of picking up this album, fear not! Pick up Them Crooked Vultures here and now! you will not be sorry.

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