To a place where blind men see.
Can you take me higher?
To a place with golden streets.
Creed was an extremely popular Post-Grunge band that sold a lot of music in the late '90s to early 2000s. Chances are, if you were between 12 and 20 during this time, you owned one of their albums. They formed in Florida around '95 and released their first album, My Own Prison, in '97. Two years later, they dropped Human Clay and you couldn't turn on a radio in America without hearing "Higher".
Over the next few years, Scott Stapp let fame go to his head and got loopier and loopier in terms of antics. They split not long after Weathered, their last album for 8 years.
They reunited in 2009 and, surprisingly enough, still sounded pretty good. They did a short tour followed by a brand, spankin' new album that some music critics said heralded the end times, before going on indefinite hiatus.
- My Own Prison (1997)
- Human Clay (1999)
- Weathered (2001)
- Full Circle (2009)
- Album Title Drop: The song "Say I" contains a reference to human clay.
- The Alcoholic: Stapp. At one point, it got so out of hand that concert goers sued them because he was too drunk to perform properly.
- Call-Back: "Freedom Fighter" has some spoken dialogue buried within the first verse, which quotes a lyric from "Wash Away Those Years".
- Christian Rock/Not Christian Rock: It's arguable which one they are, at least in some circles. If they are the former, then they're definitely the most successful Christian rock band ever. They never followed the pattern "Christian Rock": not on a Christian Music label, little mention on CCM radio, etc. Even their website mentioned that they were pretty open to whichever God was the real one. Plus there's all of the "Getting drunk, sloshing through concerts, and fighting with other bands" thing that kind of kills the debate.
- Most of the Christian influence seems to have been Scott Stapp's doing (he had grown up in a religious household and was forbidden from listening to rock music, with the exception of Elvis Presley and only because his mother was a fan); when the rest of the band formed Alter Bridge after Stapp left, the religious messages in the music were greatly downplayed.
- Whatever the case, you still gotta hand it to them. Getting music with a religious message on top 40 radio is rarely an easy task. It'd take some kinda tactical genius...
- Epic Fail: The last concert for their world tour celebrating Weathered was so bad that the fanbase sued the band and won, costing them millions of dollars and contributing to their break up the falling year. It was a result of Scott, having recovered from a throat infection, ignoring the labels on his antibiotics and downing a bottle of whiskey right before the performance. As a result, he mumbled through five songs, got tired and literally tried to take a nap onstage during the middle of the concert, even laying down. It was so bad that officials put a stop to the concert immediately.
- Epic Rocking: "Who's Got my Back?", clocking in at 8:25.
- Fading into the Next Song: "Wrong Way" into "Faceless Man" on Human Clay; "One Last Breath" into "My Sacrifice" on Weathered.
- Foreshadowing: "Bullets" is basically an Alter Bridge song with Scott Stapp on vocals.
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: "Higher" describes a lucid dream about heaven. The sunrise rather rudely interrupts it.
- Jerkass: Stapp's nasty attitude due to his until-recently-undiagnosed bipolar disorder was a huge factor in the band's temporary disbanding, and it got much worse before it got better.
- Large Ham: Scott's performance is very over the top, and often the subject of mockery.
- Long-Runner Line-up: The band was basically the same four guys - rhythm guitarist Brian Brasher left before they even recorded albums - even if the bassist left during the Weathered era and there was a five year break-up.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Most of their songs are around a 4, sometimes a 5. A few of their songs go a little heavier, with songs like 'Fear', 'Overcome', 'What If', and a few more going up to a 6 or 7. 'Bullets' is around 7.
- No Indoor Voice: Scott Stapp has a habit of bellowing rather loudly on even some of the softer songs. It's mostly Yarling but it occasionally approaches Careful with That Axe levels of angst. This is his main criticism as a vocalist.
- One Steve Limit: Averted by vocalist Scott Stapp and drummer Scott Phillips, though Phillips started going by Flip to better differentiate the two.
- Power Ballad: Some of their biggest hits were these, including "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open".
- Seven Minute Lull: "Signs" has a conspicuous break in the music right after Scott snarls, "This is not about sex!"
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: Human Clay had this in the form of "With Arms Wide Open" (which became one of Creed's biggest hits) and also "Wash Away Those Years". Weathered then experienced a bit of whiplash between some of the band's heaviest songs and more mellow fare like "Don't Stop Dancing" and "Lullaby".
- Take That, Critics!: "Bullets", "Overcome", and possibly "What If" and "Signs".
- Uncommon Time: The verses of "Wrong Way".
- Yarling: Scott Stapp is one of the more notorious employers of this singing technique. More that the Christian undertones, this is the band's main target of contempt.