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Damn you, Scott!

It’s weird to realize I only talked about Stone Temple Pilots once here long time ago referring to their best of album, Thank You. And it’s weird because it’s a band I’ve always loved and often listened to, especially to their masterpiece, Purple.

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It was sad to wake up yesterday reading the news that confirmed Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus. It was something that many of us knew it was going to happen eventually, but when the time came, it was shocking and sad anyway.

Weiland was an asshole, but he was Scott Weiland. One of the most prominent frontmen rock has gifted us with, with an incredible voice and a way of transmitting feelings through his melodies able to make us have goosebumps. But he was all the time dealing with heavy drug addiction, his personality was not easy, and sometimes he could be a real prick.

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When someone dies everybody focuses on the good points and positive contributions of the deceased, but let’s be honest: Weiland ruined the progression of Stone Temple Pilots, and he has to be blamed for it. When I had to review his last and mediocre album, I was pissed off at him, and I called him son of a bitch. And I still think of him in the same way, because I always hoped he would reunite Stone Temple Pilots for good, and he didn’t. I wanted to relive the same experience I had back in 1994 when I attended one of their shows in Madrid, while they were introducing Purple. One of the most memorable shows I’ve ever seen, enhanced by the fact that it was the first show I was travelling to a different city for with friends, and I was not yet so veteran in live shows as I am nowadays.

On stage I saw him twice, with the Pilots and Velvet Revolver, and damn! He was an animal. He had style and attitude, he could be sexy and nasty at the same time, his voice was powerful, and his performances very theatrical.

It’s sad to see someone, let’s say not so old, as he was 48, passing away. Someone you don’t know and perhaps you don’t even like, but who you’ve been somehow growing up with since you were a teenager.

So damn you, Scott Weiland! For being so selfish and so out of control. You could have given us much more, but now you’re gone.

I will always remember you singing this in the rockin’ chair:

Drivin’ faster in my car

Falling farther from just what we are

Smoke a cigarette and lie some more

These conversations kill

Fallin’ faster in my car

 

ALBUM OF WEEK 33 – THANK YOU

Again it’s taken me some time to decide which album was my favorite last week, especially after my Toilet Boys fever.

Don’t really know the reason to recover Stone Temple Pilots, felt a bit nostalgic, I guess.

To be honest, despite he joined former members of Guns n’ Roses in the super band Velvet Revolver, with an outstanding debut album, Contraband, I really got sick of Scott Weiland and his leadership in a band, which ended up being ridiculous, like a kind of joke.

I’m not particularly fond of best of’s, there are always songs that should be included but aren’t, and stuff like that. Still, Thank You is one of the most complete and enjoyable compilation, in which an evolution is clearly noticeable.

STP were included in the Seattle Wave, or grunge, you name it, something ridiculous when talking about a band rooted in San Diego. The truth is that their first album, Core, had this hit single, Plush, with Scott Weiland singing in an Eddie Vedder style, many people thought they were just a copy.

As already mentioned, this band evolved from a darker sound to a more Californian style, plus the singer’s voice was closer to Jim Morrison instead.

Not sure though, which one is my favorite album. I adore the first two, supported by the fact that I saw them on stage back in 1995. It was the time for Purple.

In my opinion, of course, evolution separating from this label imposed, started with Tiny Music, and I reckon No. 4 was magic.

To be honest, I haven’t listened to the last two albums much, and definitely I’ll give them a chance sometime soon.

Thank You focuses on their first three albums. Yes, two songs of No. 4 and Sangri-La Dee Da are included, but the strength of the compilations is built by Core songs, their hottest in commercial and popularity terms.

I particularly enjoy with the selection of Tiny Music, especially Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart and Lady Picture Show, but miss Atlanta badly, again, a song which deserved to be included as one of their best.

With the passing of years I’ve discovered many people praising this band, something that hadn’t happened in a long time, and I’m glad, STP managed to find their way and succeed, not as mainstream as other bands, but becoming established and recognized.

Thus, ages passed without listening to STP, when recovering them, has become a very pleasant experience I strongly recommend.