"Feel Good Hit of the Summer"
is a song by American rock
band Queens of the Stone Age
and written by band members Josh Homme
and Nick Oliveri
. It's the opening track of their second album, Rated R
and in 2000 became the second single to be released from it. The song also accompanied the UK release of the album on a separate CD entitled Rated U
. Upon the album's release, "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" had particular attention drawn to it due to the song's focus on drugs. Despite this, critical reception to the song was generally positive.
Background and writing
Josh Homme claimed the song was conceived after his three-day Millennium party. The song's lyrics are merely a list of drugs repeated throughout. Drugs listed in the verses include nicotine
, with cocaine
mentioned throughout the chorus. Homme has hinted that the song is a direct reference to the band's stoner rock
<blockquote> might be like a knife in the neck of stoner rock. It's hard to tell, and I think that's the good part about it. Look, you're always going to get labeled with something. Stoner rock is kind of a dumbing-down label, and that's why I don't gravitate toward it.
On multiple occasions, Homme has also referred to the song as a "social experiment" in regards to how the public would approach... Read More