Scott Weiland Replacement Records New Version Of STP Classic

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Dave Coutts, who was Scott Weiland’s first replacement in the Stone Temple Pilots side project Talk Show, has released his own version of STP’s “Glide” titled “Saturday.” Coutts actually wrote “Saturday” with STP before the band reworked it into “Glide” with Weiland. Alternative Nation writer Doug McCausland encouraged Coutts to finally record his version of the song after his interview with Coutts on Alternative Nation last year, which you can read part of below.

Talk Show’s lone album premiered at #131 on the Billboard Hot 200 in 1997. Sales were disappointing, and poor marketing didn’t exactly help either.

“It would have been nice to get to a second single!” Dave says in retrospect. Perhaps it was a desire by Atlantic Records to force the band’s hand in reuniting with Scott Weiland, who was currently mired in the height of his drug problems and recording his brilliant solo album, 12 Bar Blues.

“[Atlantic higher ups] flew out to have a listen to the final mix in Los Angeles. This guy came into the room we were sitting in before he even heard our stuff and said ‘Hey Dean, when are you getting back with Scott?’ I don’t think the record company ever really wanted this thing to happen.”

With Talk Show essentially left out to dry by Atlantic by mid-1998, and Scott ready to reunite with the DeLeos and Kretz after the similar commercial failure of his own solo album, the band was no more. Not much was said to Coutts during this time period. STP went on to record their 1999 hard rock opus, No. 4. The only song written on the road with Dave Coutts after recording Talk Show, “Saturday”, was reconfigured as the song “Glide” on that record with Scott on lead vocals.

Ten Inch Men and Talk Show were both no more, and Dave, now gig-less, had to weigh his options.

“After I was quietly banished from the Talk Show Family Wagon, it was pretty surreal back home. Before I left for tour I had people calling me that I had not heard from in 20 years wanting free tickets to our shows. Now it was really quiet, and I had to decide what to do after that 3.5 year roller coaster ride. I was 36, not a puppy anymore, Tracey (my lovely and hot wife) and I knew If we were going to have kids, we better get going. I did not vacate music completely, I recorded some stuff, but we had three kids in four years.”