- Interscope Records
Songs for the Deaf is the third studio album by Queens of the Stone Age. It was released on August 27, 2002 through Interscope Records. The album features Foo Fighters and former Nirvana member Dave Grohl on drums. It was also the last studio album to feature Nick Oliveri on bass. Like their other albums, it has a large number of guest musicians, a signature of the band's releases.
Songs for the Deaf is loosely considered a concept album, taking the listener on a drive through the California desert from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree while tuning into radio stations from towns along the way, such as Banning and Chino Hills. The album garnered critical acclaim, and the band earned its first gold record certification in the United States. One million copies of the album were sold in Europe, earning the band a platinum certification from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in 2008.