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 says this was a joke to boost ticket sales, but who knows how trustworthy he is?
They were, and still are, The Nineties
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".
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