Scott Weiland Top 10 Songs

The Audio Mug | December 04, 2015 - 11:50 am
Scott Weiland was one of rock’s most dynamic frontman of the past twenty three years; consistently reinventing himself and taking risks throughout the years with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Though Weiland had recently been trying to bring his solo career to the forefront of rock music with Blaster, many have no idea that he already had quite an eclectic catalog of solo songs under his belt. His first two studio LPs, 12 Bar Blues (1998) and Happy In Galoshes (2008) were a couple of the most ambitious alternative records of their time; even critics who had previously given Weiland hellish press in STP were left stunned by 12 Bar Blues. The following are ten songs by Weiland, either solo or backed by The Action Girls or The Wildabouts, that represent the best of each record.

10. “Barbarella” (from 12 Bar Blues, 1998)
A sprawling tribute to B-movies juxtaposed with lyrics depicting a man who seems to like any sort of self-confidence, “Barbarella” kicked off Scott’s solo career in 1997, accompanied by a music video that saw Scott in sort of a Man Who Fell To Earth knockoff.

9. “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down” (from 12 Bar Blues, 1998)
A love song straight out of your nightmares, “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down” was featured on both 12 Bar Blues and the soundtrack to Great Expectations. A swirling, piano and accordion driven circus act of a song that features Sheryl Crow.

8. “Where’s The Man” (from 12 Bar Blues, 1998)
One of Weiland’s most cryptic songs, sort of a spiritual sequel to STP’s “Big Empty” aesthetically, capturing a sense of exhaustion in possibly the darkest era of Scott’s recording career.

7. “Lazy Divey” (from 12 Bar Blues, 1998)
One of Scott’s most tripped out and interesting songs is actually one that was lost to copyright issues; after being included on early versions of Scott’s first solo record, it disappeared in later printings after Scott learned the lyrics of “Mairzy Doats,” which comprise the chorus, were actually copyrighted. That tune’s gibberish lyrics (which may have been popularized in the 90’s by Leland Palmer’s insane rendition of it on Twin Peaks) were mistaken as being traditional, or in the free domain, by Scott. The rest of the tune plays out like a tripped-out version of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”.

6. “Arch Angel” (from Happy In Galoshes, 2008)
Weiland’s touching dedication to his late brother, Michael, previously referenced on Velvet Revolver’s “For A Brother.” Scott reminisces on the holidays he had with his brother before Michael “flew away with a broken wing”. The penultimate track of Weiland’s most cathartic release gave way to a hidden rendition of the traditional Catholic hym, “Be Not Afraid”.

5. “The Man I Didn’t Know” (from Happy In Galoshes, 2008)
From the second disc of the deluxe version of Happy In Galoshes, Weiland’s tune to his biological father from Cleveland was the singer’s first real dabble into country music, albeit injected with sort of a David Bowie sensibility.

4. “She Sold Her System” (from Happy In Galoshes, 2008)
“She Sold Her System” kind of continues the sonic blueprint of 12 Bar Blues with its manic bursts of Floydian psychedelia amid airy verses that.

3. “Parachute” (from Blaster, 2015)
One of the most uplifting songs on Blaster, the ethereal Parachute is a psychedelic blend of Bob Dylan lyricism and Nirvana-cum-Beatles instrumentation. Jeremy Brown’s guitar work during the chorus and bridge, in conjunction with Weiland’s layered, heartfelt vocals, creates sort of a seafaring/sailor-type vibe that just strikes a certain chord.

2. “Blue Eyes” (from Blaster, 2015)
Guitarist James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins fame guests on this Blaster ballad featuring classic Weiland melodies and lyricism, playing alongside Jeremy Brown.

1. “Amethyst” (from Blaster, 2015)
A swirling ballad off of Scott’s latest record, “Amethyst” possesses a swirling arena rock vibe with Scott’s traditional impassioned yet cryptic lyrics of love.

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