Wednesday, January 27, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Stone Temple Pilots

Artist:Stone Temple Pilots
Song:Interstate Love Song
Album:Thank You

Though Stone Temple Pilots were frequently accused of ripping off other bands, it didn't stop them from being successful. When a band starts out with a cult following and then blows up, they tend to attract a lot of hate. At first they were called Mighty Joe Young when they formed in 1989. Lead singer Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo met in 1985. After trying a couple of guitarists, DeLeo suggested his older brother Dean DeLeo who only played guitar as a hobby. It worked out and a demo got them a deal with Atlantic Records. Drummer Eric Kretz was already in the band. For copyright reasons, they weren't going to be able to use the name Mighty Joe Young so the band name was changed to Stone Temple Pilots because they liked the STP logo they saw on race cars. Their 1992 debut album Core was a big hit. It was certified 8XPlatinum. MTV played videos like Plush and Creep. And though STP was slammed by music critics for being "grunge imitators", it didn't matter and they were very successful. In 1994, Rolling Stone writers named them the Worst New Band and Rolling Stone readers named them the Best New Band. The success continued with the 1994 album Purple which was certified 6XPlatinum. Interstate Love Song was the biggest hit from that album as it topped the Mainstream Rock chart. Their 1996 album Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop wasn't as successful as the first two albums. And Weiland was having drug abuse issues. So STP went on hiatus. Weiland released a solo album and the others released an album as Talk Show. STP reformed and recorded two more albums before disbanding in 2002. This budget comp covers their 90s hits. Weiland formed Velvet Revolver and the DeLeo brothers formed Army Of Anyone. STP reformed in 2008 after Weiland was fired from Velvet Revolver. STP went on tour and released a 2010 album. Weiland was fired in 2013 and replaced by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. He toured and recorded with STP before returning to Linkin Park in Nov. 2015. Weiland toured with his new band the Wildabouts and on Dec. 3, 2015, he was found dead in his tour bus apparently from a drug overdose. STP acknowledged that Weiland was gifted beyond words but he was also cursed with drug abuse. It is unknown if Stone Temple Pilots will continue. Here's the video for Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots.

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