Music: Stone Temple Pilots

Classic line-up l-r: Robert DeLeo, Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, 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...

Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, California. Formed in 1986 by Scott Weiland (vocals) and Robert DeLeo (bass), they were later joined by Robert's brother Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums). The band's lineup 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 Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington (and the EP High Rise) this seems not to be the case

They were, and still are, The '90s rock version of Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly, 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 STP fan, yet he had met numerous people who knew who they were.

At any rate, STP's first two albums sold 14 million copies combined, cementing their reputation as rock radio mainstays. Scott Weiland, the Face of the Band for all the wrong reasons, cited Jim Morrison and David Bowie 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 DeLeo got into a fistfight. They re-formed in 2008, to moderate success.

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 MTV's Headbangers' Ball still gets airplay. The album was pilloried by critics, who called them a faceless, generic Grunge band and accused them of "ripping off" Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. (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 improved their critical reception, introducing more Psychedelic Rock 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 stopped bleaching his hair while at it.)
  • Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (1996), featuring "Trippin' on a Hole In a Paper Heart". Probably the band's best example of Word Salad Lyrics. This album featured heavier influences from Psychedelic Rock, making it the first STP album to receive very good reviews.
  • No. 4 (1999), featuring "Down" and "Sour Girl". This album continued their psych-grunge mashup and resulting good reception. The video for "Sour Girl" included a cameo by Sarah Michelle Gellar since Weiland was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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 (self-titled) (2010). The band's comeback album, featuring "Between the Lines".
  • High Rise (2013). The band's first recorded material with Chester Bennington, featuring "Out of Time".

This band provides examples of:

  • The Band Minus the Face: The firing of Scott Weiland became this for STP. They had averted this during a previous hiatus by performing under the name "Talk Show".
  • Bowdlerized: The band name, actually. After changing their name from "Mighty Joe Young", they briefly went by the moniker "Shirley Temple's Pussy". Even now, if you type that name into The Other Wiki's search engine, the Stone Temple Pilots page comes up.
  • Broken Record: The chorus of "Art School Girl" is "I told you five or four times!" repeated over and over.
  • Changed for the Video: The video version of "Creep" has the verses completely re-sung by Weiland while apparently keeping the original versions of the choruses.
  • "Days of the Week" Song : Well, "Days of the Week".
  • Disappeared Dad: "Pop's Love Suicide", an obliquely autobiographical song written by Scott.
  • Epic Rocking: "Where the River Goes", "Kitchenware & Candybars".
  • Grunge: Their most cited genre. Regardless what genre one cites, they certainly rode the same zeitgeist as Pearl Jam and company to superstardom, though their critical reception only improved when they added more Psychedelic Rock influences.
  • Hidden Track: "12 Gracious Melodies", 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 Seattle street musician.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Thank You.
  • Instrumentals: "Press Play" and "Daisy", both from Tiny Music.
  • Jerk Ass: Scott Weiland is legendary for his burned bridges caused by drug-addled idiocy and douchebaggery. There's a good reason why he's been fired from every single major band he's been in.
  • Last Name Basis: In the debut album's liner notes, Scott Weiland was credited solely by his last name.
  • Long Runner Line Up: With an hiatus in-between.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "No Memory", "Wet My Bed", "Press Play"
  • Misogyny Song: Subverted in the case of "Sex Type Thing". Many people originally treated it as an advocacy of date rape, but it's actually a Take That against rapists, rape apologists, and the general treatment of women as sex objects.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Their first two albums are, for the most part, a solid 6. 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 ranging from 4 to 6.
    • "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.
  • New Sound Album: Purple
  • Religion Rant Song: "Naked Sunday".
    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."
  • Super Group: With the firing of Weiland and hiring of Chester Bennington, they have now essentially become a Super Group of themselves and Linkin Park
  • Uncommon Time: "Vasoline" has a 3/4 guitar and bass riff played over a 4/4 drum beat.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "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!"

Alternative Title(s):

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington