The Queens of the Stone Age chose their name, in part, to show that their brand of rock music is open to more than the average head-banging man. Founder and lead singer Josh Homme noted in a Complex magazine interview that“Rock should be heavy enough for the boys and sweet enough for the girls. That way everyone's happy and it's more of a party. Kings of the Stone Age is too lopsided.”
The band brought this paradoxical mix of hardcore openness to their breakout second studio album, Rated R. The cover invited listeners in with a bold, blue and white R-rating bumper straight out of a 1970s movie trailer. With lyrics driven by confessions of drug-addled nights and liner notes that included bold content warnings for each song, Rated R became a breakout hit, propelling the Stone Age band into modern-age stardom.
“R-Rating” iconography, with“Queens of the Stone Age” text above and“Restricted - To Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time” text below