Song of the Day 10/17

Posted: October 17, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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I needed something a little bit louder to help wake me up today, so while flipping the pre-sets on my radio, I found one of 1994’s biggest songs. From the album Purple by Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” reached 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts, one of the three components that makes up the Billboard Hot 100.

Stone Temple Pilots, or STP, was formed in San Diego, CA in the early 90s by Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz and quickly rose to fame with the release of their debut album. STP was quite commercially successful in the 90s with 16 top 10 singles, eight of which hit number 1, the number one album with Purple and a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. VH1 lists Stone Temple Pilots as the 40th greatest artist of hard rock.

“Interstate Love Song” opens with a memorable guitar riff that has a bit of a Southern rock feel to it, but like many rock songs of the time, the meaning doesn’t jump right out. It is only when we understand Weiland’s issues and mindset that we can ascribe any meaning to the lyrics. Weiland claims that the song was about his recent, at the time, relationship with heroin. A relationship that would come to characterize Weiland’s stage shows, cancelled tour dates and multiple stints in rehab. Each time he would complete his time in rehab, STP would record another album and sometime during the tour in support of the album, rumors would always begin about Weiland continuing his drug use. Unfortunately, the only time I had the chance to see Stone Temple Pilots, it was clear that Weiland had lost control again. He was unable to remember many of the lyrics to his songs and he stumbled around the stage as if he were lost.

The song also deals with honesty and the lack of honesty. The singer is waiting for someone to come clean. This never happens and the singer departs “on a southern train”. Lyrically, the song breaks no ground, but it is an interesting tune by a drug fueled mind.

Hum this one today, if you know it. It’ll help get your blood pumping and make you thankful you’re only hooked on caffeine.

See ya on the “b” side.

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