Scott Weiland looked back on his prime years with Stone Temple Pilots in a new interview with WRIF‘s Meltdown, and for the first time revealed that he wrote the guitar riff to STP’s smash hit “Vasoline” from Purple.
Robert DeLeo said in the past that the song was previously “Crackerman”. He recalled (via Below Empty), “That song was actually the first ‘Crackerman’, and then that was made into a jam we used to do, an instrumental jam called ‘Crush’, when we were Mighty Joe Young, in 1989/1990.” Weiland told MTV News in 1997, “The main riff on ‘Vasoline’ was originally from a song when we still called Mighty Joe Young and had been playing in clubs in Hollywood.”
Dean DeLeo has credited his brother Robert for writing “Interstate Love Song” in the past. He told Ultimate Guitar in 2013, “He wrote everything on ‘Interstate Love Song’ but the lyrics. He wrote that melody, that guitar line and the bass line and he may have even come up with the beat. I can’t say enough about him – he’s an extraordinary musician.”
You can read Weiland’s quotes from his WRIF interview below on STP’s classic songs and his memories of the band’s hey day.
On Vasoline: “‘Vasoline’ is a song that I had the riff of, and introduced the riff to the band, and they took it from there and wrote the rest of the music, and then I wrote the melody and the lyrics.”
On Sex Type Thing: “It was a song that we wrote, and it felt like an obvious first single to go with. We put it out, and actually started getting airplay from it right off the bat, and it launched everything for us.”
On Plush: “‘Plush’ is another song that was probably the song that we wrote that we felt would be a big hit before we put out the album. But that song sort of wrote itself. We went into rehearsal and started working on it, and the melody sort of came right away.”
On Interstate Love Song: “Interstate Love Song” is another one that sort of wrote itself. We were in pre-production [at the studio] and Robert brought in the riff, and we started jamming on it, and I came up with the melody right away. I sort of scatted up some lyrics, and then penned them after that. When we recorded Purple the album, we recorded it in 10 days.
On meeting The Rolling Stones: “It was more of a meet and greet photo op.”
On going by Weiland in the early 90’s: “Yeah, that’s true, kind of like Madonna.”
On thinking about STP going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “I have, when I watch it, and see bands being inducted, it’s crossed my mind before. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.” He added, “It would mean a lot, it would be a great honor. A great honor. It’s kind of the pinnacle. Green Day was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and they’re still chugging along.”
On feeling like he’s at the top of his game: “I feel that I’m more inspired than I’ve been in a long time, I’ve got a great band that I play with. We go out on stage and put out 200% every night.”
On his peak with STP: “I would probably say that we were at our peak around 2000, as far as playing as a live band.”