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But what about the folks at Interscope? Surely, when they signed the band, they were expecting another genre-satisfying sludgefest, not a schizophrenic pop feast. Not so, says Homme.
"They were excited when they heard it," he counters. "They were kind of giving us a hard time until it was finished, and then they gave us an easier time. You need to operate under the right assumptions, which means if you're gonna sign somewhere, they need to know who you really are. I'm better off if they know who I am and what I will and will not do before I even sign anything."
Smirnoff Music Centre,
as part of OzzFest.
A good policy, and one Interscope probably relishes in retrospect, as Rated R will likely outlast the majority of what's being touted as stoner rock today -- before it's called grunge tomorrow.
"Our only habit when it comes to songwriting," Homme clarifies, typically underwhelmed, "is to not have any, because whatever's good, whatever sounds best, is what we should play."
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