To this day, I will always remember the first time I heard “Lady, You Roof Brings Me Down.” I was sitting in my room doing my homework and listening to the radio and then there it was. I thought to myself, this doesn’t sound like Stone Temple Pilots but, that’s Scott singing. I was absolutely engrossed by what I was hearing. Then the song ends and the DJ says that it’s a song from Scott’s upcoming solo album and from the film Great Expectations.
Fast forward a bit and I now have Scott’s solo album, 12 Bar Blues in my stereo and I’m playing it on repeat. There was something odd and strange about this album and at that age I wasn’t quite sure what I was hearing and where this influence was coming from. So, I did what I’ve always done and really looked into it. To me 12 Bar Blues was an album Scott made to pay homage to those that really influenced and inspired him over the years. There is a real David Bowie and Iggy Pop element to the record among many others like Lou Reed and some in the R&B world.
The album was also made while Scott was deeply into his addiction and you can hear those nuances in the instrumentation, chord progressions, melodies and lyrics. You could tell, even back when STP made Tiny Music From The Vatican Gift Shop, that Scott was looking to explore different styles and sounds to break away from the “rock” sound, and he managed to create something that really stood out in a good way. When you listen to songs like “Desperation No. 5,” “Barbarella,” “Where’s The Man,” “Cool Kiss,” and “Mockingbird Girl” you can really hear the escape Scott was plotting as well as the influence. The album as a whole is a true piece of art and deserves to be acknowledged as such. For Scott’s first foray into making a “solo album” he really set a high bar for himself and others in his genre to follow.
2018 has been quite a year so far for new albums. There are some that are really great, some that are good and some that just plain suck. This list (which is in no particular order) shows all the albums that you should be listening to and buying.
Best Albums of 2018…So Far:
The Atlas Moth- Coma Noir (Album Of The Year so far)
Corrosion of Conformity- No Cross No Crown
Bad Wolves- Disobey
Sevendust- All I See Is War
Will Haven- Muerte
At The Gates- To Drink From The Night Itself
Dead Empires- Designed To Disappear
Judas Priest- Firepower
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Wrong Creatures
Vexes- Ancient Geometry
Minus Knives- Minus Knives
The Sword- Used Future
Cane Hill- Too Far Gone
Fucked and Bound- Suffrage
A Light Within- Epilogue EP
The Armed- Only Love
All Souls- All Souls
Actors- It Will Come To You
Failure- In The Future EP Part 1 & 2
Stone Temple Pilots- STP (Version 3.0)
Jonathan Davis- Black Labrynth
Worst Albums of 2018 (So Far):
A Perfect Circle- Eat The Elephant
Godsmack- When Legends Rise
Myles Kennedy- Year Of The Tiger
Jack White- Boarding House Reach
Shinedown- Attention Attention
Five Finger Death Punch- And Justice For None
I woke up this morning with Stone Temple Pilots in my head. Specifically the song “Atlanta.” So naturally I did what I always do and put that song on and then just let Number 4 start from the beginning. While listening to STP it got me thinking about their B-sides. Check out their B-sides over the years and songs that were previously unreleased.
Only Dying (from Core- Originally intended to be on The Crow Soundtrack):
All In The Suit That You Wear (from Thank You- Originally intended for the Spiderman Soundtrack):
Stone Temple Pilots have released another new song from their upcoming self titled album due out March 16. It’s very well known that no one will ever come close to Scott Weiland and his talent, melodies, and lyrics, that’s just irreplaceable. Stone Temple Pilots seem to have found the right guy for the job though. On the two songs released so far, “Meadow” and the new one “Roll Me Under” Jeff Gutt fits the profile of what the next singer of STP should sound like. He’s right in the range vocally of Scott so it won’t be a stretch for him to sing the older songs. The new song “Roll Me Under” sounds like a classic STP song. At least it’s not anything as bad as their work with Chester Bennington.
I’m going to cut right to the chase. Stone Temple Pilots are back with a new singer. I’ve been a very skeptical fan about them continuing on so soon. So needless to say any expectations I have for this are extremely low. That being said, STP made their live debut last night with their new singer Jeff Gutt. You might know his name from when he fronted the band Dry Cell in the early 2000’s. They had a song “Body Crumbles” on the Queen Of The Damned soundtrack. Jeff was also a contestant on The X Factor and finished second on the season he was on. Now, STP are going to be releasing a new album in 2018 but, they just released their first new song with Jeff called “Meadow.” While he’s not Scott Weiland by a long shot (no one can replace him though), this isn’t as bad as you think it is. At least it’s not Chester Bennington. Take a listen for yourself and make your own opinion. Personally, because my expectations are so low, there is a chance this could work but, you never know.
Stone Temple Pilots- Meadow:
STP with Jeff Gutt (at the Troubadour)- Down:
STP with Jeff Gutt (at the Troubadour)- Coma/Piece Of Pie:
Stone Temple Pilots during their career wrote some of the best closing songs. The ones from Core (Where The River Goes), Purple (Kitchenware and Candybars), and Number 4 (Atlanta) are all cemented in my mind when it comes to great album closers. Each one of these songs is the perfect compliment to those great albums, especially “Kitchenware and Candybars,” and “Atlanta.”
Take a listen to these great songs and fall in love with those albums again!
The A to Z list continues to find the top ten bands/artists in the alphabet. S is upon us and needs help to complete the list. S is going to be one of the most difficult due to there being so many bands that begin with the letter S.
As usual your suggestions are wanted in completing this list.
These are in no particular order as well.
01) Sex Pistols
02) Stone Temple Pilots
03) Bruce Springsteen
05) Smashing Pumpkins
06) The Smiths
08) Paul Simon/Simon and Garfunkel