The devastating news of Scott Weiland’s passing last night sent me straight to YouTube, and I started playing all the band’s hits from the first three albums. I was not as familiar with the band’s later production, and was actually surprised at how much STP released over the years. After sampling some really cool tunes, I decided an “Ultimate Mixtape” was in order for the late Weiland and his group.
Here are the rules for the “Ultimate Mixtape” project:
- Every studio release must be represented by one and only one song. This is probably the hardest rule to follow, especially when you consider how many great songs were on the first few albums.
- That song does not have to be a single used to promote the album.
- Live albums are fair game, but are not required to be used if there is nothing worth including.
- “Greatest Hits” type albums are only eligible if they contain previously unreleased or alternate versions or previous songs. So, from Thank You, the only two songs eligible for this project are “All in the Suit That You Wear” (which I used) and the acoustic version of “Plush” from MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.
Those are the rules. Feel free to disagree with my choices below…this is a completely subjective exercise and I might choose different songs next week. Let’s get to it…
JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Stone Temple Pilots edition
- “Plush” (Core, 1992)
- “Interstate Love Song” (Purple, 1994)
- “Big Bang Baby” (Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop, 1996)
- “Down” (No. 4, 1999)
- “Transmissions from a Lonely Room” (Shangri-La Dee Da, 2001)
- “Revolution” (non-album single, 2001)
- “All in the Suit That You Wear” (Thank You, 2003)
- “Fast As I Can” (Stone Temple Pilots, 2010)
- “Black Heart” with Chester Bennington (High Rise EP, 2013)
Every great band has some great non-album material as well, and side projects, and solo releases, etc. Stone Temple Pilots was no different, with at least two tribute album contributions and various side projects such as Talk Show and Velvet Revolver. I also included the Unplugged version of “Big Empty” in the bonus section since their performance on the MTV program has never been officially released. Here’s a bonus disc for the STP Ultimate Mixtape…
- “Big Empty” (MTV Unplugged, 1993)
- “Dancing Days” (Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, 1995)
- “Hello Hello” by Talk Show (Talk Show, 1997)
- “Break On Though (To The Other Side)” (Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, 2000)
- “Wonderful” with Chester Bennington (The Family Values Tour 2001, 2002)
- “Fall To Pieces” by Velvet Revolver (Contraband, 2004)
- “Goodbye” by Army of Anyone (Army of Anyone, 2006)
- “Blue Eyes” by Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts with James Iha (Blaster, 2015)
- “Get On Down” by Art of Anarchy (Art of Anarchy, 2015)
What did I miss? What songs would you have included that I neglected? Feel free to leave a comment, but be sure to keep it clean.