Category: stone temple pilots

On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – &…

On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – “Purple”, the second album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Southern Tracks Recording in Atlanta, GA and Harptone Studios from May 23, 1993, July 12, 1993 and March 1994. With the success of their debut album “Core”, Stone Temple Pilots begin work on the follow up. During a break in recording, STP tape an episode of MTV Unplugged. They debut a new song from the forthcoming album titled “Big Empty” (#3 Album Rock, #7 Modern Rock). Originally titled “Only Dying”, it’s changed after death of actor Brandon Lee, when the song is also featured on the soundtrack to “The Crow”. Though it does not make the original cut of the Unplugged special, MTV begins airing the clip heavily. Fending off barbs from critics that they are merely “Pearl Jam copy cats”, Stone Temple Pilots are able to silence their detractors with the one-two punch of “Empty” and its follow up “Vasoline” (#1 Album Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #38 Hot 100 Airplay). Receiving some of their best critical notices to date, “Purple” is an instant smash debuting at number one. “Interstate Love Song” (#1 Album Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #18 Hot 100 Airplay) becomes a radio staple, spending a record breaking fifteen weeks at the top of that chart. Written during the tour for the “Core” album, “Interstate” begins as a chord progression and partial melody written by bassist Robert DeLeo. Lead singer Scott Weiland takes what is originally the intro section, into its immediately recognizable and hooky chorus. Weiland records his lead vocal on it in only one take. The album’s cover artwork features a painting a child riding on a Qilin (a mythical Chinese chimerical creature), with the back cover featuring a picture of a cake with “12 Gracious Melodies” written on it in icing. The cassette edition features slightly altered artwork with the child holding the Chinese character of the title in his hand, rather than in the lower left hand corner of the CD booklet and vinyl LP sleeve. Issued on a limited basis on vinyl in 1994, the US LP is pressed on translucent purple vinyl, and the UK edition on opaque purple marbled vinyl. The vinyl edition is reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2013, pressed on standard black, and limited edition purple vinyl. It is also reissued by Rhino Records in 2013 on 180 gram black vinyl, and as a limited edition marbled purple vinyl LP through retailer Hot Topic. For its 25th anniversary, “Purple” is remastered and reissued in various configurations, including a three CD + vinyl LP super deluxe box, set for release on September 13, 2019. “Purple” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 26, 1996 -…

On this day in music history: March 26, 1996 – “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop”, the third album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, it is recorded at Westerly Ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA and Southern Tracks Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA from October 1995 – January 1996. After scoring back to back multi-platinum sellers with their first two albums “Core” And “Purple”, Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to begin work on their third release at the beginning of 1995. However, lead singer Scott Weiland’s run ins with the law due to his substance abuse problems, end up with STP scrapping the first recordings intended for the next album. They instead take a break while Weiland forms his own side band The Magnificent Bastards, and brothers Robert and Dean DiLeo, Eric Kretz and vocalist Dave Coutts develop their own side project called Talk Show. Eventually STP regroup in the Fall of 1995 to start fresh again on their third album. For the main tracking sessions, the band set up shop in a rented mansion near Santa Barbara, CA with producer Brendan O’Brien to live and record in during most of the project. Musically, the band make a conscious move away from the grunge rock oriented sound of their first two albums toward a more glam and psychedelic rock influenced sound. After the sessions wrap in California, the band relocate to O’Brien’s studio in Atlanta to record overdubs and mix the tracks. The album is led by the punky, hard rocking first single “Big Bang Baby” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #28 Pop Airplay), which is accompanied by a deliberately low budget performance video shot on videotape. It spins off two more singles including “Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #3 Modern Rock, #36 Pop Airplay) and “Lady Picture Show” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #6 Modern Rock, #53 Pop Airplay). In spite of the album being well received upon its release, the band falters once again when Weiland slips back into drug use. He is arrested for possession of illegal substances, a violation of his probation and is ordered to serve time in jail for his offense. As a result, Stone Temple Pilots are forced to cancel the majority of the tour in support of the “Tiny Music” album, including the opening slot on the KISS Reunion Tour that Summer. Originally released in very small quantities on vinyl, the album is reissued in that format in 2013 by Music On Vinyl, as a limited edition numbered pressing on marbled blue vinyl and standard black 180 gram vinyl. “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: September 29, 19…

On this day in music history: September 29, 1992 – “Core”, the debut album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, it is recorded at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles, CA from Early – Mid 1992. Originally known as Mighty Joe Young when they form in 1986, the band are forced to change their name (right before signing with Atlantic Records) when their attorney informs them there is a blues musician billing himself as “Mighty Joe Young” had adapted the name first. Stone Temple Pilots name is inspired by STP motor oil logo that the members had seen growing up. They take those initials and devise a few different names before deciding on their final moniker. The first album by the Long Beach, CA based rock band at first are lambasted by critics as being “a rip off” of grunge bands such as Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. But it quickly spins off four singles including “Plush” (#1 Mainstream Rock) and “Wicked Garden” (#11 Mainstream Rock). The band win a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1993 for the single “Plush”. In  November of 2013, the album is reissued on LP for the first time in more than twenty years, as a numbered limited edition on clear gold vinyl for Black Friday Record Store Day. “Core” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – &…

On this day in music history: June 7, 1994 – “Purple”, the second album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA, Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, Southern Tracks Recording in Atlanta, GA and Harptone Studios from May 23, 1993, July 12, 1993 and March 1994. With the success of their debut album “Core” under their belts, Stone Temple Pilots begin work on the follow up. During a break in recording, STP tape an episode of MTV Unplugged. The band use the occasion to debut a new song from the forthcoming album titled “Big Empty” (#3 Album Rock, #7 Modern Rock). Originally titled “Only Dying”, the title is changed after death of actor Brandon Lee, when the song is also featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Crow”. Though the song does not make the original cut of the Unplugged special, MTV begins airing the clip heavily and becomes the official music video for it. Having to fend off barbs from critics that they are merely “Pearl Jam copy cats”. Stone Temple Pilots are able to silence their detractors with the one-two punch of “Empty” and its follow up “Vasoline” (#1 Album Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #38 Hot 100 Airplay). Receiving some of their best critical notices to date, “Purple” is an instant smash upon its release, debuting at number one on the Top 200 on June 25, 1994. “Interstate Love Song” (#1 Album Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #18 Hot 100 Airplay) becomes a staple on album rock radio, spending a record breaking fifteen weeks at the top of that chart. Written during the tour for the “Core” album, “Interstate” begins as a chord progression and partial melody written by bassist Robert DeLeo. Lead singer Scott Weiland takes what is originally the song’s intro section, into its immediately recognizable and hooky chorus. The track is completed quickly, with Weiland recording his lead vocal in only one take. The album’s cover artwork features a painting a child riding on a Qilin (a mythical Chinese chimerical creature), with the back cover featuring a picture of a cake with “12 Gracious Melodies” written on it in icing. The cassette edition of the album features slightly altered artwork with the child holding the Chinese character of the title in his hand, rather than in the lower left hand corner of the CD booklet and vinyl LP sleeve. Issued on a limited basis on vinyl in 1994, the US LP is pressed on translucent purple vinyl, and the UK edition on opaque purple marbled vinyl. The vinyl edition is reissued by Music On Vinyl in 2013, pressed on standard black, and limited edition purple vinyl (similar to the original UK release). It is also reissued by Rhino Records in 2013 on 180 gram black vinyl, and as a limited edition marbled purple vinyl LP as an exclusive through retailer Hot Topic. “Purple” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: March 26, 1996 -…

On this day in music history: March 26, 1996 – “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop”, the third album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O’Brien, it is  recorded at Westerly Ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA and Southern Tracks Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA from October 1995 – January 1996. After scoring back to back multi-platinum sellers with their first two albums “Core” And “Purple”, Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to begin work on their third release at the beginning of 1995. However, lead singer Scott Weiland’s run ins with the law due to his substance abuse problems end up with STP scrapping the first recordings intended for the next album. They instead take a break while Weiland forms his own side band The Magnificent Bastards, and brothers Robert and Dean DiLeo, Eric Kretz and vocalist Dave Coutts develop their own side project called Talk Show. Eventually STP regroup in the Fall of 1995 to start fresh again on their third album. For the main tracking sessions, the band set up shop in a rented mansion near Santa Barbara, CA with producer Brendan O’Brien to live and record in during most of the project. Musically, the band make a conscious move away from the grunge rock oriented sound of their first two albums toward a more glam and psychedelic rock influenced sound. After the sessions wrap in California, the band relocate to O’Brien’s studio in Atlanta to record overdubs and mix the tracks. The album is led by the punky, hard rocking first single “Big Bang Baby” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #28 Pop Airplay), which is accompanied by a deliberately low budget performance video shot on videotape. It spins off two more singles including “Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #3 Modern Rock, #36 Pop Airplay) and “Lady Picture Show” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #6 Modern Rock, #53 Pop Airplay). In spite of the album being well received upon its release, the band falters once again when Weiland slips back into drug use. He is arrested for possession of illegal substances, a violation of his probation and is ordered to serve time in jail for his offense. As a result, Stone Temple Pilots are forced to cancel the majority of the tour in support of the “Tiny Music” album, including the opening slot on the KISS Reunion Tour that Summer. Originally released in very small quantities on vinyl, the album is reissued in that format in 2013 by Music On Vinyl, as a limited edition numbered pressing on marbled blue vinyl and standard black 180 gram vinyl. “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.