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Remembering Scott Weiland With 20 Essential Tracks

Sad news for fans of the legendary ’90s rock band Stone Temple Pilots, according to TMZ, former frontman Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus, hours before he was scheduled to perform with his band the Wildabouts.

Although the details of the 48-year-old singer’s death are still being investigated, Weiland had a long history of drug abuse that landed him in and out of rehab several times over the years.

In memory of Scott Weiland, Salute Magazine has compiled our ten essential songs (Both WITH and WITHOUT Stone Temple Pilots) from over the span of his career.

1) Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts – “20th Century Boy”
Although Weiland did not have anything to do with the writing of the T.Rex classic, he delivered a noteworthy cover of “20th Century Boy” on the Wildabouts last album, Blaster. 

2) Velvet Revolver – “Fall to Pieces”

The supergroup Velvet Revolver was created in the early 2000s by former Guns N’Roses bandmates Slash, bassist Duff McKagen, drummer Matt Sorum, Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner and Weiland.

Their first album Contraband made big waves in 2004, with singles like “Fall to Pieces” and “Slither,” which won them the Grammy in 2005 for best hard rock performance.

3) Scott Weiland – “Barbarella”

When Stone Temple Pilots went on hiatus in 1998, Weiland decided to focus on his solo album 12 Bar Blues. Named after the standard chord progression, the album got mixed reviews, showing the STP frontman in a different light.

Named after the 1968 sci-fi heroine, played by Jane Fonda, “Barbarella” was the first single off Weiland’s debut album to hit Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts.

4) Scott Weiland – “Paralysis”

In 2008, Spin Magazine leaked Weiland’s track “Paralysis,” off of his second solo album Happy In Galoshes, which also features guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young from the ska-punk band No Doubt.

5) Santana feat. Scott Weiland – “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”

Besides sharing the stage with guitar legend Carlos Santana, Weiland delivers a brilliant rendition of the Rolling Stones classic “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” in such a manner that only he could.

6) Velvet Revolver – “Ain’t Talking Bout Love”

In case you missed it, in 2007, a year before Weiland reunited with STP, Velvet Revolver was asked to perform the Van Halen classic “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” during the 2006 induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

7) Scott Weiland – “But Not Tonight”

Featured on the soundtrack for the 2001 spoof-comedy Not Another Teen Movie, Weiland delivers haunting cover of the Depeche Mode song “But Not Tonight.”

8) Scott Weiland – “Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down”

“Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down” was written for 12 Bar Blues, but was first released on the soundtrack to the motion picture Great Expectations. The song also features Martyn LeNoble of Porno for Pyros and Sheryl Crow on the accordion.

9) The Magnificent Bastards – “Mockingbird Girl”

In 1995, Weiland started the band the Magnificent Bastards alongside drummer Victor Indrizzo and Circle Jerks bassist Zander Schloss. However, the band was short lived, only recording two songs, a cover of John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep?” and the original song “Mockingbird Girl,” which appeared in the cult-classic film Tank Girl, based off the comic book series by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett.

10) Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts – “The Jean Genie”

Much of Weiland’s solo work drew its influence from musicians such as David Bowie, who wrote “the Jean Genie” during his 1972-73 Ziggy Stardust phase.

With Stone Temple Pilots:

Stone Temple Pilots first formed in 1989 under the name “Mighty Joe Young.” The lineup featured frontman Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo on guitar, brother Robert DeLeo on bass and Eric Kretz on drums. In 1992, the Stone Temple Pilots took flight with the release of their debut album Core. “Plush” was the band’s first single to make it big, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream rock charts that year. Two years later, the band would produce what would arguably be their biggest success, their second album Purple, which sat at No.1 on the Billboard 200 charts for three weeks and eventually went on to sell over six million copies. Here are our Top 10 essential Stone Temple Pilot tracks featuring Weiland:

11) “Plush”

12) “Interstate Love Song”

13) “Vasoline”

14) “Big Empty”

15) “Lady Picture Show”

16) “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”

17) “Sex Type Thing”

18) “Dead and Bloated”

19) “Big Bang Baby”

20) “Sour Girl”

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