This week’s edition of Forgotten Tracks spotlights one of the most successful bands of the 90s. Whether you classify them as: grunge, alternative rock, classic rock or simply rock, they made some great music in the 90s and were all over your radio dial. Top 40, classic rock, pop, alt-rock. They were also all over MTV. I have lots of good memories of STP. Let’s share some!
Plush- Like most people, this was the first song I heard by them. I don’t remember if I loved it at first, but if not, it quickly grew on me. It stands up today, even after listening to it probably 1,000 times.
Sex type thing- Lot’s of “tongue and groove” here, pardon the pun!
Big Empty- STP got all up into the Crow soundtrack. This song would go on their forthcoming album, Purple.
Lady picture show- Kind of slower, sweeter but still undoubtedly STP.
Wicked garden- Another good one. Nissan used this song in an ad for their Frontier, which was pretty cool.
Vasoline- I love how this song almost has a “hypnotic” quality to it. Kind of a buzz or a hum. I dig it.
Creep- This one was all over the radio and MTV. In fact it was featured on “Un-plugged”. I rather like this version too.
Trippin’ on a hole in paper heart- An upbeat song, even though Lead Singer Scott Weiland was probably in the middle of his battle with drug addiction at the time he wrote this one. You can kind of hear the richness he once had in his voice is fading, which is sad.
Interstate love song- Starts out almost country and western then turns into a solid STP song.
Down- A very different direction for the band. from their 4th album, “No. 4″. Harder and lot edgier but very much STP. Almost sounds like an Alice in Chains song.
Crackerman- One of my favorite STP songs. This one didn’t get as much airplay as some of the others. Perhaps too similar to “Sex type thing”?
Sour Girl- My favorite track from their 4th studio album. If you think the girl in the video looks familiar, she does. She is Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Still remains- Kind of a power ballad. A very pretty song with deep lyrics. Kicks a little ass too. Like Crackerman, one that wasn’t on the radio as much, but one of my favorites.
Adhesive- This song reminds me a little of Big Empty but is slower and more melodic in it’s delivery. Still had the STP edge to it though.
Days of the week- Kind of a comeback song for the band, in many ways. I think they recapture some of the spirit that made them so popular to start with. Good way to end this list on a light-hearted and fun note.
Listening to all of these excellent songs brought back a lot of memories for me. I hope it did for you as well, or perhaps you discovered some new music!