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Creep ~ Stone Temple Pilots

stone-temple-pilots-150Stone Temple Pilots is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band consisting of Scott Weiland (lead vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion).

Stone Temple Pilots can trace its beginnings to a Black Flag concert in Long Beach in 1986, where Scott Weiland met Robert DeLeo. They both dated the same woman, and bonded through the situation. When the girl left town, Weiland and DeLeo moved into her vacated apartment. Immediately, Weiland and DeLeo formed a band with two of Scott’s friends from Edison High School, Corey Hicock (guitar) and David Allen (drums). After Allen’s departure, drummer Eric Kretz joined the band. Soon after, Robert DeLeo’s brother, Dean DeLeo, decided to play guitar in the band replacing Hicock, completing the quartet. They then named their band Mighty Joe Young. The band recorded a demo tape that was completed around 1990.

The group then began to work on their debut album with Brendan O’Brien. During the recording, they received a call from their lawyer who informed them that there was a blues man who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young. They changed the band’s name to Shirley Temple’s Pussy and performed under this name for a short time, but then changed the name again due to record label pressureThey liked the initials STP and eventually settled on the name Stone Temple Pilots in 1992, towards the end of the Core sessions.

On December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus.

Creep

Creep” is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band’s debut album, Core and later released as a single.

This song is often attributed to Nirvana, but they never performed it as a band.  It has often been used as a tribute to Kurt Cobain on YouTube.

The song’s lyrics were written by lead vocalist Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo. DeLeo also wrote the song’s music. DeLeo stated the following about “Creep:”

“Musically speaking I was thinking about a song along the lines of ‘Heart of Gold’ by Neil Young, which is in the key of D-minor, the saddest key of all. Scott was thinking about the lyrics, and at that time in our lives we were struggling very much. What Scott was writing about was a real-life situation. Also about me, the thing about the gun. ‘Creep’ is a very demeaning word. It was one of those instances where we looked at ourselves, looked in the mirror.”

Creep – DeLeo, Weiland

Forward yesterday — Makes me wanna stay.
What they said was real — Makes me wanna steal.
Livin’ under house — Guess I’m livin’, I’m a mouse.
All’s I gots is time — Got no meaning, just a rhyme.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal…I like to steal..
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Feelin’ uninspired — Think I’ll start a fire.
Everybody run — Bobby’s got a gun.
Think you’re kinda neat — Then she tells me I’m a creep.
Friends don’t mean a thing — Guess I’ll leave it up to me.

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..

Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand — Cause it likes to heal. I like to steal.
I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be
(This I feel as the dawn, it fades to gray).
Well, I’m half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be..
Half the man I used to be…

  • Audio from the 1992 album, Core:

CORE

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