Scott Weiland Playlist

The best from the late Scott Weiland,

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    "Interstate Love Song," Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

    Not just one of the best pure pieces of songwriting to emerge from the '90s alt-revolution, but one of the best songs of the decade full stop. Weiland's California twang was one of many vocal styles he adopted over the years.

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    "Plush," Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

    The song that started it all. Does it sound a bit like Pearl Jam? Sure. Does that make Weiland's performance any less hypnotic? It does not

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    "Barbarella," Scott Weiland (1998)

    According to Weiland, this was the best song he ever wrote. It's hard to argue with him, particularly when paired with the video that matches the tracks's swooping drama

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    "Lady Picture Show," Stone Temple Pilots (1996)

    "Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop" is STP's strangest album sonically, full of muted Zeppelin tornadoes and lots of jazzbo riffage. It's lovely and disarming, just like the album's centerpiece ballad.

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    "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down," Scott Weiland (1998)

    A cabaret-style theater rock opus that originally debuted on the soundtrack to the "Great Expectations" movie, starring Ethan Hawke

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    "Big Empty (MTV Unplugged)" Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

    STP's "MTV Unplugged" isn't the most compelling entry in that show's history (and was a notorious drag to record, with a ton of reshoots), but two things stand out: Weiland's rocking chair, and the premiere of "Big Empty," a standout power ballad from "Purple" and one of the tunes that turned the soundtrack to "The Crow" into a hit.

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    "Sour Girl," Stone Temple Pilots (1999)

    A low-light ballad that really shows off Weiland's range and his ability to manipulate a melody.

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    "Lounge Fly," Stone Temple Pilots (1994)

    Weiland abandoned his growl pretty early on, but this ominous take from "Purple" is peak Demon Weiland

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    "About Nothing," Scott Weiland (1998)

    A mind-bending shape-shifter of a track that opens with some industrial crunch, builds to an electronic drum tornado, and resolves with a chiming sing along.

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    "Fall To Pieces," Velvet Revolver (2004)

    One of the many tracks Weiland wrote about the cycle of addiction and recovery that he and the rest of his Velvet Revolver bandmates had experienced, and a lighters-up anthem to boot.

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    "Missing Cleveland," Scott Weiland (2008)

    Weiland's overlooked second solo album "Happy In Galoshes" was uneven, but there were a handful of tracks—including this, its lead single—that reminded you of his great melodic gifts and his ability to tease sharp song craft out of chaos.

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    "She Builds Quick Machines," Velvet Revolver (2007)

    The second Velvet Revolver album is actually far superior to the first, but the universe was sort of done with them by the time they recorded the follow-up. "She Builds Quick Machines" manages to blend Weiland's art-rock tendencies with the straight-ahead power of the Guns N' Roses survivors on the stage.

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    "Adhesive," Stone Temple Pilots

    Another gauzy floater from "Tiny Music," complete with a mournful trumpet solo.

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    "Crackerman," Stone Temple Pilot (1992)

    "Sex Type Thing" was the bigger hit, but for the pure power of STP without any questionable sexual politics, "Crackerman" is "Core's" atomic bomb.

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    "She Sold Her System," Scott Weiland (2008)

    Another of the highlights from "Happy In Galoshes," this one a dreamy low-fi bedroom ballad that transforms into a Beatles-esque psychedelic nightmare.

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    "Heaven & Hot Rods," Stone Temple Pilots

    "No. 4" is probably the band's most uneven album, but "Heaven & Hot Rods" cranks with remarkable aggression and has the added bonus of some of the most surreal imagery of Weiland's career. Enjoy meditating over the meaning of the line, "She walked in with her alligator sister trying to get to heaven on Sunday."

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    "Hotel Rio," Wildabouts (2015)

    This year's album "Blaster" (credited to Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts) was a new direction for Weiland, and it represented his most straightforward songwriting in years. There are lots of rich narratives, including this glammy stomp inspired by his wife.

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    "Atlanta," Stone Temple Pilots (1999)

    Weiland was an unabashed lover of the Doors, and he's better at being Jim Morrison on this drone-kissed dose of surrealism than Morrison himself.

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    "Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart," Stone Temple Pilots (1996)

    A balls-out hard-charger from "Tiny Music" that combined Weiland's love of big rock moves and art-damaged oddness.

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    "Between The Lines," Stone Temple Pilots (2010)

    Weiland came back into the STP fold for one last album in 2010, and while it's the weakest collection the combo ever put out, this single was ideal rock radio candy, full of big riffs, hand claps, and Weiland's cocky rock star croon.

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