Tuesday, August 27, 2002

8/27/2002: Queens of the Stone Age release Songs for the Deaf

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Released: 27 August 2002
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. The Real Song for the Deaf 2. You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar But I Feel Like a Millionaire 3. No One Knows (10/12/02, #51 US, #5 AR, #1 MR, #15 UK) 4. First It Giveth (8/1/03 #33 UK) 5. A Song for the Dead 6. The Sky Is Fallin’ 7. Six Shooter 8. Hangin’ Tree 9. Go with the Flow (4/1/03, #24 AR, #7 MR, #21 UK, #39 AU) 10. Gonna Leave You 11. Do It Again 12. God Is in the Radio 13. Another Love Song 14. A Song for the Deaf 15. Mosquito Song

Sales (in millions): 1.19 US, 0.1 UK, 2.29 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 17 US, 4 UK


Review: Songs for the Deaf, the third outing for American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, was loosely built around the concept of the listener tuning into local radio stations while road tripping from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree. Mock radio broadcasts surface between songs, reinforcing the cliché that modern commercial radio is worthless drivel.

The formula proved successful, pushing the album to platinum status in the U.S. and Europe and generated modern-rock hits with the “lurching, weirdly-springy” AZ “No One Knows” (#1) and “Go with the Flow” (#7). Bot songs earned Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance.

No One Knows

The album got a big boost because of the presence of Dave Grohl, leader singer for Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana. Grohl had befriended QOTSA frontman Josh Homme in 1992 and QOTSA had opened for Foo Fighters. The band was going through a shake-up and Grohl stepped in as the temporary drummer, even touring with the band and putting Foo Fighters on hold.

The album is often considered the band’s best. Amazon’s Kim Hughes calls it “speed rock that whips by so fast it creates its own breeze” and says it is “a hard rock record so good that it immediately evokes a conspiratorial fervor that makes you want to tell everyone you can about it.” AZ Entertainment Weekly called it “the year’s best hard-rocking album” WK while Splendid said, “This is not your father’s metal. It’s better.” WK Mojo, Spin, and NME all ranked it as one of the top ten albums of the year. WK Kerrang! rated it #1 for 2002 while music critic Steven Hyden went a step farther in calling it the greatest hrd-rock record of the 21st century. WK

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Monday, August 26, 2002

Coldplay released A Rush of Blood to the Head

Last updated 12/19/2020.

A Rush of Blood to the Head


Released: August 26, 2002

Peak: 5 US, 13 UK, 1 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): 4.8 US, 2.96 UK, 15.8 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: rock


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Politik
  2. In My Place (7/20/02, 17 MR, 2 UK, 2 CN, 23 AU)
  3. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (7/14/03, 100 UK, 43 AU)
  4. The Scientist (11/4/02, 18 MR, 10 UK, 16 CN, 40 AU, sales: 0.5 m)
  5. Clocks (11/30/02, 29 US, 9 MR, 9 UK, 7 CN, 28 AU, sales: 1.0 m)
  6. Daylight
  7. Green Eyes
  8. Warning Sign
  9. A Whisper
  10. A Rush of Blood to the Head
  11. Amsterdam

Total Running Time: 54:08

The Players:

  • Chris Martin (vocals, piano, synthesizers, guitar)
  • Jonny Buckland (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Guy Berryman (bass)
  • Will Champion (drums, percussion, backing vocals)


4.028 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“In the early '00s, starry-eyed Brit-pop boys doing a cuddly version of Radiohead were a dime a dozen…It was Coldplay’s second album that showed they were true contenders.” RS’11 Coldplay burst on the scene in 2000 with Parachutes, their “wonderfully assured debut.” AZ The album topped the UK charts, but its #51 peak in the U.S. coupled with minor pop hit “Yellow” (also a top ten at alternative rock) certainly didn’t suggest the group would some day compete for title of Biggest Band in the World. That song “didn’t follow the rock formula… similarly A Rush of Blood to the Head might not instantly grab listeners, but it’s not tailored that way.” AMG

Others saw the band’s dominance coming. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis said, “It sounds like an album ready to take on the world, and win.” WK Coldplay had “advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every one of their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull.” AZ

There was actually noise in the U.K. press after the debut that they might call it quits after just one album. The group was exhausted after touring to support Parachutes and frontman Chris Martin “insisted he was dry; …he hadn’t written a song in months.” AMG However, “somewhere lurked the beauty” AMG of “the delicate, shimmery classic” AMG In My Place. The spirit and soul of this ballad allowed Coldplay to pull it together to make a second album.” AMG As Martin said, “It was the song that made us want to do a second album. It kept us going and made us think we could still write songs.” WK

The album is “initially inaccessible, but that’s what makes it intriguing.” AMG “Echoes of early post-punk showcase Coldplay’s ballsy musicianship…It’s not exactly rock & roll, but Radiohead, Echo & the Bunnymen, and the Smiths aren’t exactly rock & roll either, and they’re well-loved.” AMG “The disco haze of DaylightAMG and the “hushed tones” AMG of “lovedrunk ballad Green EyesAMG “are divine examples of solid lyrical arrangements.” AMG The latter, along with The Scientist “brought back the comforting melodies of ‘Yellow’ but revealed a band that was restless and hungry: The twinkling sonics suggested prime Smiths or U2.” RS’11

“Coldplay exude an honest passion” AMG on this “soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic” AZ The “U2-esque epic rock of…PolitikWK projects “a nervy edge to the band” AMG as does the “stunning guitar-driven” AMGOK Computer-worthy God Put a Smile Upon Your Face.” RS’11 Darker stuff like that and “the austerely beautiful death meditation Amsterdam…showed the group had more than arena anthems on its mind.” RS’11

“Acoustics are drowned out by Jon Buckland’s riveting guitar work, and vocally, Martin has sharpened his falsetto, refining his haunting deliver…You can feel, hear, and touch the blood, sweat, and tears behind each song, and that’s exactly what Coldplay were going for.” AMG “Lush melodies and a heartbreak behind the songs are there, but also a newfound confidence.” AMG “Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, a persuasive cross between Pink Floyd and the Verve…This is exquisite stuff.” AZ “Regardless of the band still being in their mid-twenties, they’ve made an amazing record…A Rush of Blood to the Head didn’t sugarcoat anything.” AMG

Rush garnered Coldplay its second Grammy for Best Alternative Album and “In My Place” landed a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The group also landed the prize for Record of the Year for Clocks. A BBC listener poll in 2013 ranked the album the best of all time. WK

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Saturday, August 17, 2002

Nelly knocks himself from #1 with “Dilemma”

Last updated 4/23/2020.


Nelly with Kelly Rowland

Writer(s): Cornell Haynes Jr., Antoine Macon, Kenneth Gamble, Bunny Sigler, Kelly Rowland (see lyrics here)

Released: June 25, 2002

First Charted: July 5, 2002

Peak: 110 US, 15 RR, 19 RB, 12 UK, 3 CN, 14 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, 0.94 UK, 7.6 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.5 radio, 581.17 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

“While Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre’ got parties started throughout 2002, his pairing with Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland on this sentimental rap track proved just as popular.” BB100 He met Rowland on tour in 2001 and wanted to use her on the song. WK She became the first member of Destiny’s Child to chart as a solo artist. SF The Guardian’s Caroline Sullivan wrote of her vocals that she “is no longer a mere backing vocalist for Beyoncé Knowles,” WK her co-member in Destiny’s Child.

“Dilemma” was a last-minute addition to Nelly’s sophomore albumNellyville. Producer Antoine “Bam” Macon gave him a basic track which sampled Patti LaBelle’s 1983 “Love Need and Want You” and Nelly crafted lyrics for it. WK The song is about a “girl who thinks about another guy even when she’s with her boyfriend.” SF Nelly and Kelly sing to each other by name in the song and act this out in the video. SF

Not only was the song not planned for the album, but it wasn’t planned as a single. While “Hot in Herre” was still climbing the charts, U.S. radio latched onto “Dilemma” and it powered its way into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 based on airplay alone. WK Nelly wisely released it as the album’s second single and it ended up knocking “Hot in Herre” from #1 and becoming the biggest song of Nelly’s career. WK He became the fifth artist in chart history to succeed himself at the top, following The Beatles, Boyz II Men, Puff Daddy, and Ja Rule. SF

The song was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. It didn’t win that, but did take home the prize for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. A video to support the song featured Patti LaBelle as Rowland’s mother. BB100

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Saturday, August 10, 2002

Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” spends 7th week at #1

Last updated 3/17/2020.

Hot in Herre


Writer(s): Cornell Haynes Jr., Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Charles L. Brown (see lyrics here)

Released: April 16, 2002

First Charted: April 26, 2002

Peak: 17 US, 12 RR, 16 RB, 4 UK, 13 CN, 3 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.6 UK, 2.93 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.4 radio, 158.0 video, -- streaming


About the Song:

“Find…a summer song more apt to get any party started, no matter how resistant the crowd.” LR With its “ultra-catchy chorus” AB’00 “Hot in Herre” landed Nelly his first #1 pop song in the U.S. and became “one of the top party tracks of the decade.” AB’00 The song also hit #1 in Canada and was a top ten hit throughout the world. WK

The Neptunes, comprised of the team of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, produced this song. They also did songs for Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, ando others. SF The song incorporates the hook from the 1979 Chuck Brown single “Bustin’ Loose,” as well as samples from Neil Young’s “There’s a World” and Nancy Sinatra’s “As Tears Go By.” WK

Two videos were made for the song – one set in a dance club and another at the St. Louis Arch. The first video featured cameos by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, and NFL players T.J. Duckett and Julius Peppers. In one scene, club goers shout the chorus for the 1984 dance song “The Roof Is on Fire” by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three – while there was an actual fire burning in the club. WK

Weird Al Yankovic recorded a parody (“Trash Day”) about a man who refuses to empty the garbage. SF Instead of the “it’s getting hot in here” chorus, Weird Al sang “there’s somethin’ rotten here, you better hold your nose.” WK The song was also parodied in a Mad TV sketch and performed by other artists including Devo, Jill Sobule, Wang Chung, and Widespread Panic. Canadian electronic artist Tiga shot a video of the song with puppets depicting cliché scenes from hip-hop videos of the era. WK

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