S is for... Scott Weiland
S is for... Scott Weiland
So this blog is always going to be dictated by what springs to mind, AND THAT is a whole topic for another day. Woah!
Scott Weiland is one of my all time heroes. Those of you that don't know who he is, he was a musician, singer and songwriter. Most notably for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
I first discovered Stone Temple Pilots whilst surfing the internet. I'd have been about 15/16. I'm not sure of what the website would have been, CDNOW rings a bell. But whatever it was, it was one that suggested 'similar artists'. So I'd have probably been looking at Nirvana albums or something. I think I would have gotten into them, Nirvana, because one of my brothers had the MTV Unplugged in New York album on minidisc, yeah a minidisc - shut up - and because of that I'd have discovered Stone Temple Pilots through this website. As a kid, discovering an artist your friends hadn't heard was a pretty cool thing, at least I(and I think we) thought so. I'm pretty sure I introduced a few of my friends to Stone Temple Pilots.
Whatever cash I had I often spent on CDs, videos, video games or sports stuff. So I would have bought Core, their debut album. Because when I had used to listen to music a lot, I would buy the first album and listen through their catalogue from start to present. In the order that they wrote and released it. Because...that's the right way to listen to an artists catalogue, haha! Do whatever you want, but that sits well in my head. Now though, I generally don't do that. I don't make the time to. Notice I purposefully didn't write 'start to finish'. Yeah, because well reality is they don't necessarily ever really finish. Even when they're dead. Loads of artists have had material released material after they have died. When it comes to my heroes making art, I don't ever want it to finish.
"I AAMMM SMELLIN' LIKE THE ROSE THAT SOMEBODY GAVE ME ON MY BIRTHDAY, DEATHBED! I AM SMELLIN' LIKE THE ROSE THAT SOMEBODY GAVE ME 'CAUSE IM DEAD AND BLOATED!!!!"
Into meaty fucking guitar riff!! And that was it, I was pretty much hooked.
Weiland, is an incredible artist. The spectrum of vocal styles and song types that he has performed was something that I always admired. Heavy songs, slow songs, ballads, punk, acoustic. It always blew me away that one person could sing in all these different ways. But it's not just that, because I know there are plenty of people out there that don't rate Weiland. What makes Weiland great is his lyrics and lyrical content. Lyrics because of the manner that he links words, and content because his topics are interesting and he wasn't afraid to turn anything into a song.
And on top of that, watch some videos of Weiland. Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison to name a few. There are shades of all of those guys in Scott Weiland. The dude could shake and move.
The other reason I like Scott Weiland, and a bunch of other singers, is because I could find similarities with them. If he could do it, I could do it. Weiland, Keidis, Vedder, Cobain, Staley, Cornell, Nowell, Liam and Noel Gallagher. All their parents divorced. As well as that, some of these guys moved around a bit as kids too. So, I really related to some of these guys as a kid. As I've grown older, I've matured my reasons as to why I related to them. The fact that the majority of that list is dead breaks my heart. I've been fortunate enough to watch Keidis, Vedder, Cornell and Oasis. I will be forever gutted that I never made the effort to watch Scott Weiland.
I guess the way I look at it is this. Scott doesn't have to be dead. But he is and it fucking sucks. But to all the Weiland fans out there. Make sure the effort is made to understand him better. I never met him, I never met anyone who met him. But I know that his positives massively out way his negatives. Am I criticising a dead man? Hell no, that's a lie - I am clearly criticising a dead man. But what I'm just saying is we're all human, we all have our 'flaws'. It's important to label things as pros and cons if you want to keep this journey going and enjoy it as you go. Weiland and all the above have helped me keep the journey going at different points, and any time I listen to their music I enjoy it.
Viva la Weiland!
Who doesn't love a good quote?
"Sing the song or keep it inside." - Scott Weiland, Where The River Goes
Songs to listen to now:
Core (Album, 1992) - Stone Temple Pilots
Purple (Album, 1994) - Stone Temple Pilots
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (Album, 1996) - Stone Temple Pilots
12 Bar Blues (Album, 1998) - Scott Weiland
No. 4 (Album, 1999) - Stone Temple Pilots
Shagri-La Dee Da (Album, 2001) - Stone Temple Pilots
Contraband (Album, 2004) - Velvet Revolver
Libertad (Album, 2007) - Velvet Revolver
"Happy" in Galoshes (Album, 2008) - Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots (Album, 2010) - Stone Temple Pilots
A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs (Album, 2011) - Scott Weiland
Blaster (Album, 2015) - Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
Art of Anarchy (Album, 2015) - Art of Anarchy
I've got a few of these to listen to myself.