[[caption-width-right:350: Classic line-up l-r: Robert [=De=]Leo, Scott Weiland, Dean [=De=]Leo, and Eric Kretz.]]

->...And to you, dead and bloated nation of sleepwalkers, so content to drown in your own rancid apathy that your own minds and the minds of your children are being bought and sold on the auction block by swarthy old hogs -- oh, set a place for the auctioneer, he'll be coming to dinner tonight. No need to bother, honey, he'll be coming live via satellite direct, right through our brand new motherfuckin' super mega screen Home Monitor System...
-->-'''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_%28Stone_Temple_Pilots_album) Core]]'''

Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, California. Formed in 1986 by Scott Weiland (vocals) and Robert [=De=]Leo (bass), they were later joined by Robert's brother Dean [=De=]Leo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums). The band's line-up has remained the same throughout its active years, until February 2013 when Weiland was fired by the other members for unexplained reasons. Weiland claimed this was a joke to boost ticket sales; with the release of "Out of Time," featuring Music/LinkinPark vocalist Chester Bennington (and the EP ''High Rise'') this seems not to be the case.

They were, and still are, TheNineties rock version of NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly, a band that constantly tried to break from the pack of the era's rock titans to establish their own fan base and sound. Writer Chuck Klosterman once claimed he had never met anyone who claimed to be a passionate ''Stone Temple Pilots'' fan, yet he had met numerous people who knew who they were.

At any rate, ''Stone Temple Pilots'''s first two albums sold 14 million copies combined, cementing their reputation as rock radio mainstays. Scott Weiland, the FaceOfTheBand for all the wrong reasons, cited [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison]] and Music/DavidBowie as influences in his own singing. The band has split twice, the first time in 1995, when Weiland was arrested and convicted for buying crack cocaine, and in 2002, when Weiland and Dean [=De=]Leo got into a fistfight. They re-formed in 2008, to moderate success.

In November 2015, Chester Bennington amicably parted ways with the band due to his commitments with Music/LinkinPark. However, hopes of a classic reunion were gone when nearly a month later when Scott Weiland [[AuthorExistenceFailure died at the age of 48]]. After months of silence, the band began an online campaign to find a new vocalist. In November 2017, former ''Series/TheXFactorUS'' contestant Jeff Gutt (formerly of Dry Cell) became STP's new lead singer.

!! The band's studio albums are:

* ''Core'' (1992) went eight times platinum, featuring songs the band is most famously known for, including: "Dead & Bloated," "Sex Type Thing," "Wicked Garden," "Creep," and "Plush." An acoustic version of "Plush" from Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Headbangers' Ball'' still gets airplay. The album was originally pilloried by critics, who called them a faceless, generic {{Grunge}} band and accused them of "ripping off" Music/AliceInChains and Music/PearlJam. ([[IThoughtItMeant Not to mention people who misinterpreted the lyrics to "Sex Type Thing."]])
* ''Purple'' (1994) featuring: "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song," "Big Empty," and "Unglued." This album ditched the HeavyMetal sound of their debut and thus improved their critical reception, introducing more PsychedelicRock elements to their style, and relying less on what was perceived to be formulaic grunge songs. This was the first album where Scott Weiland was credited with his full name, since for the debut he was credited solely as "Weiland." (He also [[DyeHard stopped bleaching his hair]] while at it.)
* ''Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop'' (1996), featuring: "Big Bang Baby," "Lady Picture Show," and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart." Probably the band's best example of WordSaladLyrics. This album featured heavier influences from PsychedelicRock and even {{Britpop}}, making it the first ''Stone Temple Pilots'' album to receive very good reviews. However, tensions within the band -- caused by Weiland's drug habits -- prevented a tour to promote the album and thus it sold less than the others (though 2x platinum in its own right), marking the downhill point in ''Stone Temple Pilots'' career success wise.
* ''No. 4'' (1999), featuring: "Down" and "Sour Girl." This album returned to the grunge style of ''Core,'' making it their first (arguably) metal album since 1992, this time resulting in good reception. The video for "Sour Girl" included a cameo by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar since Weiland was a ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fan.
* ''Shangri-La-Dee-Da'' (2001) featuring: "Days of the Week" and whatever other songs diehard fans like. This album was a flop commercially and critically.
* ''Stone Temple Pilots'' (2010). The band's comeback album, featuring: "Between the Lines." This is the last ''Stone Temple Pilots'' album to feature Scott Weiland, who would die in 2015.
* ''High Rise'' (EP, 2013). The band's only recorded material with Chester Bennington, featuring "Out of Time."

!! This band provides examples of:

* AddledAddict: Scott Weiland, big-time. It got him fired from ''Stone Temple Pilots'' and ''Velvet Revolver'' and led to lots and lots of negative live reviews of his solo shows, and based on what his ex-wife said in an open letter, the drug usage may have resulted in brain damage.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: The firing of Scott Weiland became this for ''Stone Temple Pilots.'' They had {{averted| trope}} this during a previous hiatus by performing under the name: ''Talk Show.''
* {{Bowdlerized}}: The band name, actually. After changing their name from ''[[ShoutOut Mighty Joe Young,]]'' they briefly went by the moniker: "S[[spoiler: hirley]] T[[spoiler: emple's]] P[[spoiler: ussy]]." Even now, if you type that name into Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s search engine, the ''Stone Temple Pilots'' page comes up.
* BrokenRecord: The chorus of "Art School Girl" is: "I told you five or four times!" repeated over and over.
* ChangedForTheVideo: The video version of "Creep" has the verses completely re-sung by Weiland while apparently keeping the original versions of the choruses.
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: Well, "Days of the Week."
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: While ''Stone Temple Pilots'' were never critical darlings during Scott Weiland's lifetime, the music press was flooded with tributes after he died in December 2015.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm / MinimalisticCoverArt: Between ''Tiny Music'' and ''No. 4'' their cover art swung from one extreme to the other.
* DisappearedDad: "Pop's Love Suicide," an obliquely autobiographical song written by Scott. According to his ex-wife, Scott himself was very much this to his own children.
* DrugsAreBad: Weiland's burned bridges and reputation for being difficult and unpleasant were largely attributable to his heavy drug usage, and drugs eventually cost him his life.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: They formed in the '80s as ''Mighty Joe Young,'' where they were a {{Funk}} band. Check out the song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RWwPiXno-0 Piece of Pie]]" (which, aside from the name, bears no resemblance to the ''Core'' song).
* EpicRocking: "Where the River Goes" and "Kitchenware & Candybars."
* {{Grunge}}: Their most cited genre. Regardless what genre one cites, they certainly rode the same zeitgeist as Music/PearlJam and company to superstardom, though their critical reception only improved when they added more PsychedelicRock influences.
* HiddenTrack: "My Second Album," at the end of ''Purple,'' a lounge jazz number which name drops ''Johnny Mathis.'' Unusually, it's not even performed by the band, but by Richard Peterson, a UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} street musician.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''Thank You.''
** ''Buy This'', basically a very condensed version [[note]]eight songs and about thirty minutes[[/note]] of the above, which was originally exclusive to Best Buy stores.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Press Play" and "Daisy," both from ''Tiny Music.''
* JerkAss: Scott Weiland was ''legendary'' for his burned bridges caused by drug addled idiocy and douchebaggery. There's a good reason why he was fired from every single major band he was in. An open letter from his ex-wife, while not totally condemning him (as she lamented his fall as both a talented artist and loving father), painted him as a distant and unavailable father who largely abandoned the family after he re-married whose apparent refusal to get help for his mental health issues put her through hell.
* LastNameBasis: In ''Core'''s liner notes, Scott Weiland was credited solely by his last name.
* LongRunnerLineUp: With an hiatus in-between.
* MinisculeRocking: "No Memory," "Wet My Bed," and "Press Play."
* MisogynySong: Subverted in the case of "Sex Type Thing." The song uses misogynistic lyrics ironically to show how demented they are. This irony was lost on many people, who originally treated it as an advocacy of date rape, but it's actually a TakeThat against rapists, rape apologists, and the general treatment of women as sex objects.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their first album is, for the most part, a solid 6 and occasional 7, with its follow-up ''Purple'' going down to a 4 or 5. With "Plush" being more a 4-5 and "Interstate Love Song" being either a 3 or 4. Their later material is a bit more varied, with most of the songs from ''Tiny Music'' onward around 3, and ''No. 4'' generally at a 4 to 6 range.
** "Days of the Week" from ''Shangri-La-Dee-Da'' and "Creep" from ''Core'' are a 2 or 3. "Pretty Penny" from ''Purple'' is a pretty solid 2. "A Song for Sleeping" also from ''Shangri-La'' is a 1.
* NewSoundAlbum: Famously, this applies to virtually all their albums. ''Purple,'' a lighter hard rock album with a lot of synths, is a drastic change from the heavy metal grunge album ''Core,'' whereas ''Tiny Music'' is 1960's rock album in the vein of Music/TheKinks in all but the decade it was released. ''No. 4'' is generally another grungy metal album in the vein of ''Core'' -- with some late '90s alt-metal thrown in -- but some select songs (such as "Sour Girl") wouldn't be out of place on the latter two.
* ReligionRantSong: "Naked Sunday" sounds like a monologue directed at God:
--> '''Weiland:''' It's about organised religion. About people who tell others what to do and what to believe. They switch off people's minds and control the masses. It gives me a feeling of isolation, when I think about it. Organized religion does not view everyone as equals."
* SignatureStyle: Oddly enough, the band does manage this. With the exception of the heavily grunge ''Core,'' all albums -- while generally having different sounds -- contain elements of psychedelic rock in them.
* SuperGroup: With the firing of Weiland and hiring of Chester Bennington, they essentially became a supergroup of themselves and Music/LinkinPark. Scott, meanwhile, would become the frontman for an honest-to-god one with Velvet Revolved, which consisted of him and two former Music/GunsNRoses members.
* UncommonTime: "Vasoline" has a 3/4 guitar and bass riff played over a 4/4 drum beat.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" has this in spades.
* {{Yarling}}: Weiland, like many {{Grunge}} singers, provides several examples. "Plush" is an excellent one: ''"And I FEEEE-HEEELETT, YEARGH!"''