Producer Eric Valentine, who worked on Queens of the Stone Age’s 2002 record “Songs for the Deaf,” discussed frontman Josh Homme’s drive and brutal honesty, saying on Appetite for Distortion :
“Josh was never really driven by what’s going to be a radio song. He’s not driven by anything other than what he thinks is going to be cool or not.
“Sometimes you would hear from the record company, ‘Your fans really love this.’ His response was, ‘Fuck the fans.’ Straight up. ‘Just fuck them, because they’re not here to tell me what kind of music to play, I’m here to make cool music for them to listen to, so fuck them.’ [Laughs]
“It was so stark. I think there’s actually a lot of value in that. I think there’s an aspect of that that’s wonderfully honest.
“If you end up just falling down this path of just giving your fans what they want, which can only be based on what you have already done, it just really limits the vision that you can have for your band to evolve and grow, and continue to bring your fans exciting new stuff. You get caught in a feedback loop of your own shit.”