Are Queens of the Stone Age the new kings of rock? Their third CD, Songs for the Deaf, scored a No. 17 Billboard 200 debut on Sept. 14. But what do real people think? We took the Queens’ stoner-rock roller-coaster ride of a new single, ”No One Knows,” for a test-drive in the aptly named borough of Queens. Judging from the folks we played it for on the street, Songs could fall on deaf ears. — Kimberly Reyes
— Garnet Wright, 18, student What would you name this song? ”Out of Control” or something crazy. How much would you pay for it? Whatever’s in my pocket. How does it make you feel? Funny. It’s a rock song, but it’s not hyper. It’s, like, confusing and unique.
— Juan Vasquez, 19, CompUSA manager What would you name this song? This sucks. What does it make you wanna do? Go home. How does it make you feel? No comment, dude. It sucked!
— Joyce Connor, 46, school aide What would you name this song? I couldn’t tell you. How does it make you feel? I’m in a state of confusion. I don’t understand what just happened. It’s kind of catchy, but I’m confused as to what they’re saying. What does it make you wanna do? Make sure my children don’t buy it.
— Carla Nita, 25, outpatient counselor What would you name this song? ”Seesaw.” It goes up and down. I like it. What does it make you wanna do? [Laughs] I feel like this is a test. How does it make you feel? Oh, my God, are you serious? What kind of questions are these?