In light of the tragic death of Scott Weiland, it reminded me of the album Purple (1994) and how formative a place it held in me and for the Stone Temple Pilots. This is a re-up of an article written in 2011.
In 1994, Stone Temple Pilots released their 2nd album, following up from the auspicious debut grunge epic Core. A more commercial, upbeat and pop sensible album, Purple let the brothers Dean & Robert Deleo, Eric Kretz and front man Scott Weiland stretch themselves and get some traction against the shadow that Pearl Jam certainly cast over them.
It was an album that came about right in the middle of the booming grunge/alternative movement in music. Alternative bands were all the rage, The Smashing Pumpkins were riding the wave of the mega-successful Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Pearl Jam were sailing off the back of Vs and Vitalogy, Soundgarden stormed the mainstream with Superunknown, Alice In Chains delivered Dirt and Sonic Youth had the classic Dirty running rampant. Not to mention bands like Nine Inch Nails, Helmet, Blind Melon, The Breeders, Hole, Nirvana etc all kicking out now revered offerings. The mid 90’s were great years to be loving music.
Purple holds a special mantle in this era, it was the album that, for the band, made the world really pay attention. With the hugely radio friendly Vasoline leading out the album, Purple delivered hits such as the-still-on-high-rotation-anthem Interstate Love Song and the signature track from The Crow soundtrack Big Empty. There’s also fan favourites like Still Remains, Lounge Fly, Meatplow, Pretty Penny, Unglued and the epic closer Kitchenware and Candybars.
enough out of me – ladies and gentleman please enjoy – Purple by Stone Temple Pilots.