Stone Temple Pilots
riginally called Mighty Joe Young and featuring Scott Weiland (vocals), Dean DeLeo (guitar), Robert DeLeo (bass) and Eric Kretz (drums) they relocated to San Diego and adopted the moniker Stone Temple Pilots influenced by an STP Oil Treatment sticker (rejecting the original second proposal Shirley Temple's Pussy) when they discovered the former name was already used. After a few years on the Grunge/alternative farm teams, they signed to Atlantic' to release their debut Core (1992) and got a 3 U.S. charting position for their troubles. Featuring tracks like Plush and Sex Type Thing they drew comparisons to Pearl Jam. After the subsequent singles were released the album finally drifted into the top 30 in the U.K. a full year after its initial release. Purple (1994) was a more cerebral effort that rocketed to 1 U.S. and an even 10 in the U.K., especially on the strength of Vaseline, a track that received endless radio play. But it all almost came collapsing down on them when Weiland's love of the white nose stuff almost got him a lengthy jail stint.
In 1996 their third effort came in the form of Tiny Music Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop getting 4 U.S./31 U.K. But the narrow miss a few years ago got even narrower this year with Weiland having to cancel the band's tour obligations midway through for yet more drug related legal hassles, followed by a string of similar court issues, forcing the remaining members with Dave Coutis (ex-Ten Inch Men; vocals) to form Talk Show with a one-off same titled album in 1997, leaving Scott Weiland to produce his own solo release 12 Bar Blues (1998), a release that was not received well by fans. The band re-formed to release the aptly titled No.4 (1999) to a 6 U.S. charting, but the English had long since moved on from their style of music and the U.S. was not far behind.