SCOTT WEILAND On ’90s: ‘I Was Young, Dumb, And Full Of Even More Dumb’

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland recently spoke to about his newly released Christmas album, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Do you think this album will surprise your fans? Or will this help change the public’s perception of Scott Weiland?

Weiland: My image now is only a smidgen is who I actually am. Just like Keith Richards or Perry Farrell or even Mick Jagger. Jagger was never a real druggie, but they were thought of as the bad boys. I had a period in my life in the ’90s where I was definitely young, dumb, and full of even more dumb. But people still see you as a badass. Don’t you think fans will be surprised that the frontman of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS is now singing gentle Christmas songs?

Weiland: I don’t think so. My solo albums are very avant-garde compared to VELVET REVOLVER or STP. It’s more influenced by bands I like such as GRANDDADDY and the FLAMING LIPS and SIGUR ROS and THE SMITHS. Also, STP played “A Charlie Brown Christmas” song at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show a few years back. The backing vocals have this really eerie, multiple layered jazz feel. Did anybody try to convince you that “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” was a bad idea?

Weiland: Not at all. Nope. And I’ll tell you why: Back in 1990, before STP were even signed, [STP bassist/guitarist] Robert DeLeo and I were very broke. Like broke, broke, broke. We had no money to buy presents for our family. So we decided to record a version of “The Christmas Song”, but we didn’t have an orchestra. We had a keyboard with some good string samples and Robert put some toilet paper behind his bass strings to mute it so it sounded like a standup bass. He had a Gibson 175 and he just played the drums on it. I mixed it and we gave it to our parents and grandparents, and to this day they say that it’s the best Christmas present that they have ever received.

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