I was 14 the summer before I started high school. At that time, I was hanging out with a lot of the older kids from my church youth group. There was this trip we could take as a group to reservations hours away to help locals fix homes or whatever needed to be done. On trips in later years, I would fall off my first roof and ladder, but that’s another story. My girlfriend at the time wanted to go, so of course I signed up. Why does any 14 year old boy do anything? Because a pretty girl asks them to do it.
I wasn’t nearly as cool then as I am now (that’s a joke. I’m not cool now). And I had even less knowledge of popular music then than I currently do. Which is hard to say. But I vividly remember driving and listening to one song over and over in the car. I tried to hate it. I don’t know why, but I just wanted to hate it so badly. But no matter how hard I tried, by the end of the trip, I was in love with this song. That song was Plush by the Stone Temple Pilots.
That one song changed my whole outlook on music. What else was out there that I didn’t know about? I needed to listen to different types of music because there was so much good music being made in the 90’s that I couldn’t soak it up fast enough.
I met a girl named Kristy a couple years later on that same trip, and because I was now open to listen to anything, she introduced me to a band called Skankin’ Pickle. They opened me up to ska and everything happening in the 3rd wave. And because of them, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are my favorite band to this day.
Then I saw the Sour Girl video. To this day I have no idea what’s going on in the video, but I remember seeing it when it came out and saying “Holy sh*t, that’s Sarah Michelle Gellar in this f*cked up STP video!!” I thought that was just the coolest thing ever.
STP made some of the best music that came out of the 90’s alternative rock scene, and that’s saying something. With bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Green Day all coming onto the scene during that time, it was a great time to get into that genre of music. Scott Weiland played a huge part of shaping my high school years with his voice and his music, and I will be forever grateful. This doesn’t even touch on how cool Velvet Revolver was. Scott had his troubles with addiction, and and as far as I know, no cause of death has been determined. But today is a sad day. I will always love Weiland and the Stone Temple Pilots. Rest in peace, Scott. Your job here is done.