weiland Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

Songfacts: How would you say that you write your best songs?

Scott Weiland: Well, this album is different, the current one that I’m working on with the band. In the past, writing alone, I’ve written much more eclectic records. It’s more obscure music. The two big bands that I’ve played in up to this point, Velvet Revolver and STP, are known for big, D-tuned power riffs, power chords, and big sound. So it’s different.

When I was writing with STP and Velvet Revolver, it was kind of the same thing: One of the guys would have a song idea and we’d kind of suss it out with the band and then I’d write my melodies and then write my lyrics to the melodies. And as a solo artist, I kind of felt free to go off and explore all different styles of music that I’ve been interested in over my lifetime and find some sort of cosmic melting pot for it. That was fun, but it was more difficult to bring that to the stage, because it meant we had to have more players and a lot of effects.

We’d bring in loops and stuff – the loops that we created for the album, we’d bring them out live. Which was fun, but I think for a lot of the STP and Velvet Revolver fans, it was kind of a stretch for them to wrap their heads around because they were very left-of-center records, 12 Bar Blues [1998] and Happy in Galoshes [2008]. This is much more of an indie-sounding record, but it still is very much a rock and roll record. There’s big, fuzzy riffs and it’s cool. It’s a whole new experience.

Songfacts: What was the lyrical inspiration behind the STP song, Dead and Bloated?

Scott: It’s not really about anything. It’s just stream-of-consciousness words. I mean, at the age of 21, 22, I didn’t have a whole lot of life experiences. So it’s more about the vibe, the angst and that kind of a thing, as opposed to actual life experiences.

Songfacts:…what about the STP song Creep, what do you remember about the lyrical writing of that song?

Scott: That’s just the idea of being a young person somewhere, caught between still being a kid and becoming a young man. It’s that youth apathy, that second-guessing yourself, not feeling like you fit in.

Songfacts: And what about Slither from Velvet Revolver?

Scott: That song, what was that song about? Just got done performing it. The lyrics are about a relationship. “When you look you see right through me, cut the rope, fell to my knees, born and broken every single time.” It’s just feeling not right in a situation.

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34 Responses

  1. What matters to ME is that he WAS involved in making some classic, kick ass rock, that I still enjoy listening to. All these personal assaults don’t mean anything to me. I’ve never met the man, or any artist for that matter. Too much hate in some people. Get a life, and just enjoy the music. sheeesh.

  2. STP were awesome, and so were Velvet Revolver. The guy has a great rock and roll voice. Also let’s not forget Cobain, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Ace, Morrison, Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mötley Crüe, among alot of others in Rock have been hooked on Drugs. I would say that all of those groups and people that I have mentioned, along with him, have made some of the greatest rock songs of all-time. Let’s just appreciate the music and forget about all his past problems .

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