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"Feel Good Hit of the Summer" is the second single from Queens of the Stone Age's second album, Rated R, 2000. It was released in Europe in late 2000 and in Australia in 2001.

The cover art for the single features the title spelled out with various drugs, many of which are mentioned within the song. On some releases, it also bears the "Rated U" caption.

The song's deliberately blatant drug references were initially rejected by the record company, but the band was reportedly able to persuade their record label to include the song, which includes no specific reference to drug abuse. The drug references are likely the reason the song was not released as a single in the U.S.marker: the verses comprised entirely of a repeated list of drugs, with a stuttering reference to cocaine serving as a sort of chorus.

Later in the song, a harmonica can be heard, citing the harmonica tune in Black Sabbath's song "The Wizard".

The song has earned a degree of cult status amongst the band and their fans and is often the opener in their live shows. It appears twice on Rated R, fading in as track nine, a characteristically disorienting, "stoner" technique. It also makes a live-in-the-studio, unorthodox appearance after "Song for the Deaf" on 2002's Songs for the Deaf, with all vocals replaced by laughter.

Rob Halford was recording in a neighboring studio when this song was first recorded, and ended up singing backing vocals, calling the lyrics a "rock and roll cocktail" .

Homme later claimed the song was conceived after his three-day Millennium party. Queens/Kyuss producer Chris Goss, in an interview for Modern Guitars magazine, suggested it was due to his input the chant became a full length song. In his own words: "‘Feel Good’ was a number one single in Europe. They took it exactly as it was; it was a joke. It’s a really funny song. When we recorded that album, that song was kind of like an afterthought. Josh was just going to throw a few seconds of that chant in at the end of the record. I said, "No, man. That rocks!" And it ended up opening the record."

The song was featured in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2; technical difficulties resulted in the slower, creepier cover by Placebo between songs at one of their concerts (singer/guitarist Brian Molko's instrument was being repaired or replaced).

Queens Of The Stone Age were reportedly thrown out of an unnamed Los Angeles rehabilitation centre in November 2007 when they started off a six-song set with the song.

The rehab show was intended as a light-hearted, intimate performance in their home city of Los Angeles. But a spokesman for the band said that when the band opened the show with classic 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer', staff at the clinic were so unimpressed that they pulled the plugs and had security remove them straight away without negotiation. The song's lyrics famously run: "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol... c-c-c-c-c-cocaine".

The members of Velvet Revolver claimed it to be one of their favorite songs, saying on KROQ-FM they would listen to it every day over and over again during the days before the band formed.

In July 2009, the Minneapolismarker hip hop duo Atmosphere released a free digital EP, Leak at Will, which contains a song titled "Feel Good Hit of the Summer Part 2". The song's lyrics cover experiences with various drugs.

Track listing

  1. "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" (Homme, Oliveri)
  2. "Never Say Never" (Romeo Void)
  3. "You're So Vague" (Homme, Oliveri)
  4. "Who'll Be the Next in Line" (The Kinks)


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