When Stone Temple Pilots first came on to the music scene in 1992 with their debut album “Core”, their sound was no different from all the other grunge bands that were hitting the music scene in the early 90’s, but that didn’t take long to change. With their second album “Purple” in 1994, Stone Temple Pilots landed 3 #1 hits with singles “Vasoline”, “Interstate Love Song” and “Big Empty”. The success of the album propelled the band to #1 on the billboard charts.
There is a unique chemistry that these guys have when creating their music, it’s a unique blend of hard rock produced by the DeLeo brothers, and the melodic overtones provided by vocal extraordinaire Scott Weiland. Everything seems to fall in its place. Dean DeLeo seems to have a scientific approach to his guitar playing; it’s simplistic yet very sophisticated. It’s like he a mad scientist that sits around playing his guitar hours on end, looking for the right chord progression that is super heavy, but yet subtle enough that grandma can listen to it. His brother Robert DeLeo has to be singlehandedly the most outstanding rock bassist to ever live. His bass hooks are so melodic, you can probably just listen to his solo bass track from the recordings and you would probably say, “Wow…thats a great song”. Eric Kretz is the drummer that doesn’t get the credit he really deserves. He is the silent drummer, he has the ear for precision percussion and drumming, if you listen to all of his tracks, his drumming goes perfect with what Robert and Dean are doing, there is no need to show off when your that good of a drummer. Then there is Scott Weiland, Scott has to be for me the best lyricist to come out of the 90’s. The melodies that he can deliver within his vocals are one of kind, I haven’t heard any other singer that is that good. He is what completes Stone Temple Pilots.
The band has released 6 studio albums: “Core” (1992), “Purple” (1994), “Tiny Music From A Vatican Gift Shop” (1996), “No. 4” (1999), “Shangri-La Dee Da” (2001) and “Stone Temple Pilots” (2010). All albums are great, but for myself personally, the ones I connect with the most are “Purple”, Tiny Music…” and “No. 4”.
Like a lot of successful rock bands, Stone Temple Pilots has had it rough throughout the years, I really hope the time comes that they can settle their inner demon’s and focus on what they do best. They are a great rock band. STP will always be, one of my all-time favorite rock bands.
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Interstate Love Song (Video)
Big Bang Baby (Video)
Lady Picture Show (Video)
Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart (Video)
Sour Girl (Video)