ARTIST: Stone Temple Pilots
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: #3 US, #27 UK
SINGLES: Sex Type Thing (#23 Mainstream, #55 UK), Dead & Bloated, Crackerman, Plush (#9 Alternative, #1 Mainstream, #23 UK), Creep (#12 Alternative, #2 Mainstream)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Wicked Garden
LINEUP: Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Hard rock (not really grunge, fight me) debut is rather clunky and meatheaded.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The debut record from the Stone Temple Pilots was more hard rock than most 1992 releases – it was more in the vein of a turgid Guns ‘n” Roses – but it really wasn’t grunge in that there wasn’t a lot of punk influence.
Turgid is the name. “Dead and Bloated” was the lead track, and it’s apt. Except for a few select tracks, they live in the mid-tempo sludge with angsty and / or sexist lyrics. “Sex Type Thing” was defended to the hilt as Scott Weiland playing a character, but…it’s too personal and close to home to be an effective character piece.
“Creep”, while a big hit, is the worst offender. It doesn’t GO anywhere. I always flipped it off the radio back in the day, and it hasn’t improved with age.
STP wasn’t really part of the grunge scene, and this album isn’t exciting or subversive at all. Yawn.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They opened for Henry Rollins at their first gig in San Diego.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Demos and live cuts in a huge package.
GRADE C: The 90’s ‘revolution’ ran aground right as it began when it embraced this record.