Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) Premiere At-Home Video for Their Cover of ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding’


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Recently, singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age teamed up for a minimalist cover of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding, the classic 1974 song written by Nick Lowe and later covered by the likes of Elvis Costello and Curtis Stigers.

Their collaborative cover now has a music video, with both Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme filming from their respective homes. The clip captures each musician in reflection, and both Van Etten and Homme are seen milling about the home singing their verses and enjoying time with their kids.

It’s a snapshot of life in the COVID-19 pandemic era, and the song’s lyrics ring as true as ever:

Said Homme of how this collaboration came about (via Brooklyn Vegan):

I went to a Courtney Barnett Valentine’s Day concert that Sharon Van Etten was playing as one of a veritable buffet of musicians. She opened her mouth and my mind exploded—that voice, like fresh cream… with a hint of fine grit. When a week later the opportunity arose to sing with her, I jumped at it. This was of course before we had any idea that the world would be going into hiding for months. Recording this song had nothing to do with what we’d be going through… until we started going through it. In these times, it’s a blessing to feel lucky even for a moment… and I feel lucky to have been able to work with Sharon, Zach Dawes, Michael Shuman, Matthew Siskin and our families.

When you’re shooting at home you start out shooting only what you love. Then you get tired and stop. This video doesn’t deal with anything outside of what’s happening within its own little world we created — only what’s happening inside two households connected by what they love the most, nothing more.


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