Friday, July 03, 2009

Stone Temple Pilots: DOTM

This band originally formed in the late 1980s in Long Beach California under the name Mighty Joe Young by Scott Weiland and Robert DeLeo. The name did not change to Stone Temple Pilots until 1992.

This is a band that was pretty decent for a time. I was actually a big fan of their 1st two albums and I have actually seen this band live twice (maybe three but I know twice for sure). In any case, I was not too impressed with their work after their 2nd album.

They broke up in 2003 but rumors of a reunion started as early as 2007. They began a reunion tour in April of 2008 and there is speculation of a brand new album that might be released in December 2009.

So here is the discography:

Core
Released in September 1992 by Atlantic Records.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien.
Band lineup:
Scott Weiland - vocals; Dean DeLeo - guitar; Robert DeLeo - bass; Eric Kretz - drums.
Tracks: 12
Highlights:
"Sex Type Thing" "Wicked Garden" "Creep" "Plush" "Wet My Bed" "Crackerman"
Notes:
This album reached #3 of The Billboard 200 in 1993.

Purple
Released in June 1994 by Atlantic.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 11
Highlights:
"Vasoline" "Lounge Fly" "Interstate Love Song" "Pretty Penny" "Big Empty" "Unglued" "Army Ants"
Notes:
Reached #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1994.

Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
Released in March 1996 by Atlantic.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien.
No lineup changes:
Tracks: 12
Singles:
"Big Bang Baby" "Lady Picture Show" "Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart" and "Tumble in the Rough"
Notes:
Reached #4 on the Billboard 200 in 1996.

No. 4
Released in October 1999 by Atlantic.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 11
Singles:
"Down" "Sour Girl" "No Way Out" and "Heaven and Hot Rods"
Notes:
Reached #6 on the Billboard 200 in 1999.

Shangri-La Dee Da
Released in June 2001 by Atlantic.
Produced by Brenda O'Brien.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 13
Singles:
"Days of the Week" and "Hollywood Bitch"
Notes:
Reached #9 on the Billboard 200 in 2001.

Thank You
Greatest hits album (also included 1 previously unreleased track) released in November 2003 by Atlantic.
Produced by Stone Temple Pilots and Brendan O'Brien.
No line up changes:
Tracks: 15
Single:
"All in the Suit That You Wear"
Notes:
Reached #26 on the Billboard 200 in 2003.

Buy This
Compilation album released in November 2008 exclusively for Best Buy by Rhino Records.
No lineup changes.
Tracks: 8

And here are some videos!

This is a live video for the song "Crackerman" originally from the Core album. On a personal note, I think this song is the best song they ever released.



And here is a video for the song "Vasoline" from 1994s Purple.



And the video for "Interstate Love Song" also from Purple.



Another one from Purple (If you have not figured out, I am kind of partial to this album). This one is a performance of the song "Unglued" on the David Letterman show.



Okay, last one from Purple. This is a live version of the song "Army Ants."



Okay this is the last video. This is a live video of the song "Trippin On a Hole in Paper Heart" from the album Tiny Music.... It was recorded during their reunion tour in August 2008.

1 comment:

  1. I always saw STP as the beginning of the corporately created alternative rock bands. I like some of their songs and all, but I think that compared to just about everything that was coming out in that era, they were lacking in heart and soul department. They were just too shiny and glossy for my taste. Plus a lot of their songs sounded like they wanted to be other bands (“Sex Type Thing” sounds like Alice in Chains and “Plush” sounds like Pearl Jam). They were like the first non-Seattle, Seattle band.

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