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STP
by: lusher 29 Nov 2003
Stone Temple Pilots | Purple

Stone Temple Pilots
Purple
(Atlantic)
1994


Never has a band been as derided and tossed aside as plagiarizing pirates more than Stone Temple Pilots. Unless you count Rolling Stone magazines continuous bashing of Led Zeppelin in the seventies which by the way if you take anything Rolling Stone says seriously you should be shot. STP much like Zeppelin in the fact that they had a certain heaviosity in their melody and kept tight grips on the right to their publishing will also be in time more and more respected. Rolling Stone regularly puckers up its sour lips and plants kisses on Zeppelin�s ass in their �Hall of Fame� reviews. The same is currently becoming the norm in magazines like the aforementioned Stone and Spin for STP. Glowing reviews of their new Greatest Hits package and a whole article contributed to Scott Weiland and calling �Interstate Love Song� the best song of the nineties popped up in Spin. The same magazine that had a couple of years previous asked that a just God would wipe Weiland from the face of the planet. Maybe the first album was a little green but with the release of �Purple� it was apparent that the band was more interested in being eclectic than were their peers, mostly Pearl Jam.

If you were to take all of Pearl Jams albums and all of STP�s albums and listened to them back to back a certain pattern would indeed emerge. You would be fully aware of one band continuing in a very clean, classic rock tradition (Pearl Jam) and another band pushing the boundaries of music period. It all started with Purple. An album full of beautiful hard rock and even pop numbers. Opening with the slamming �Meat Plow� and closing with the epic abortion reflection of �Kitchenware and Candybars.� It was heavily apparent that this was a band who knew what the fuck they were doing even if the cool kids and the shitty magazines didn�t pay enough attention to care. It was also during the recording of �Purple� that Weiland made the biggest mistake of his life and accepted an offering of heroin from the Butthole Surfers Gibby Haynes and therefore sealing his and his bands fate. Following �Purple� with three more albums that became increasingly wide ranging and eclectic the band could no longer harness Weiland or the magic that truly began with "Purple.� All in good time though we�ll see that record in the same Rolling Stone that once spit bile at them but like wine it�ll probably take twenty years.


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