Stone Temple Pilots ‘My Second Album’ Singer Reveals What Band Paid Him

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Photo credit: Corey Hickok

A very rare video feature has surfaced featuring Seattle musician Richard Peterson, whose song “My Second Album” appeared as a hidden track on Stone Temple Pilots’ second album Purple in 1994. Peterson and STP guitarist Dean DeLeo are interviewed in the feature, with Peterson revealing the first paycheck he received for his track’s inclusion was for $10,000, and that he would receive the same amount for every million copies sold. Peterson is seen cashing the check at a bank in the video.

Scott Weiland discussed the song in a 1994 RIP Magazine interview.

“Oh, The Richard Peterson song. He’s a guy from Washington somewhere, a small town-not Aberdeen-but I guess Dean did a radio interview up there in Washington, and he saw this picture of this guy in the Wall posing with Johnny Mathis. And he was like, ‘Wow, who’s this guy?’ And they said, ‘Oh, that’s Richard Peterson, he’s got his own records out.’ We got a tape of his stuff, and it was just fucking great, so we instantly put it on, you know, the music before we go on stage, and just were listening to it all the time and turning on all our friends to it. And the song is the first on his second album, you know? It’s just so self-explanatory to how he feels about his second album that we felt it kinda fits our situation too.”

Weiland also said, “It’s written by this really weird guy named Richard Peterson. He makes these records with his own money. He gets a friend to sing his songs that he writes that have to do with this obsession with Johnny Mathis. We heard it and we freaked. It was the weirdest thing we had heard in our lives and it just kinda seemed like it fit close to our album.”

Watch the video below.

  • Doggington Von Arf

    It was pretty funny the first couple times I heard it, but for the past 24 years it’s just been a nuisance to have that tacked on to the end of that album.

  • Kay B

    This was actually interesting. I remember having the Purple CD in my player in my bedroom and falling asleep at the end and then all of a sudden this Second Album song comes on and I’m like what the hell? Must have been around ’95. I actually heard Purple before Core. I don’t know how the hell that happened.

    • Olga Stewart

      Off topic: Just wanted to see how you were doing?

      • Kay B

        I’m doing fine. Thanks for asking. How are you doing? I have been pretty busy with work. I hope all is well with you.

        • Olga Stewart

          I’m glad to hear that you are doing all right.

          And I’m doing the same.

  • Gary Reilly

    I was actually listening to this yesterday whilst playing Purple in the car, strange. Interesting article, I always wondered why exactly they tacked on a cabaret style song at the end of the album and assumed it was just an STP in-joke.

  • Kevin J

    It was a complete joke, it was, here’s one of the greatest records ever made, and just for shits and giggles, were gonna put this crap to finish it off. Who else had the balls? No one but STP! (Pre-gutt) ,who blows incase you haven’t heard me say it before. Hopefully Dean is making enough off gutt he can pay his new (Gary Abusy)ive allegations.

  • Raj

    You wouldn’t guess it but actually it is ironic because Weiland evolved and brought some of that style to his later solo work. It foreshadowed what was to come!