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Five things you should know about The Eagles of Death Metal

We give you the essentials about the mock rockers

1 Yes, the band's drummer, Josh Homme, is also in Queens of the Stone Age. He and lead singer Jesse ''Boots Electric'' Hughes were boyhood friends growing up in Palm Desert, Calif.

2 Their new CD, Death by Sexy, features vocals by Jack Black. ''We did a signing in L.A., after the first album,'' Hughes recalls, ''and there was Jack and Dwight Yoakam and I almost s--- myself.''

3 The Eagles of Death Metal started as an ''experiment.'' ''The fun was missing in rock & roll,'' Hughes says. ''The music forgot about women, man. It's the biggest no-brainer: If you want to have a good time, you need baby girls dancing everywhere. You aren't going to achieve death by sexy if the sweethearts aren't smilin'.'' Adds Homme: ''I gotta be honest, I haven't been playing for guys for, like, 10 years now. This band is like the Queens [of the Stone Age] audience without the mean drunk guy. For years, I've been trying to get that one mean drunk guy outta there.''

4 If you want to see the duo live (and aren't a mean drunk guy), they're opening for the Strokes' current nationwide tour.

5 In case you didn't notice, Hughes has a mustache. ''I woke up one morning and the gods of rock & roll had bestowed this mustache upon me; it's a soft boomerang of love.'' Homme: ''It takes guts to be the rock & roll Tom Selleck. A 'stache is shaped like the beginning of a Y—it says 'Yes!' I tell Jesse he's like Freddie Mercury's straight nephew.''

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints