STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland recently spoke to SPIN.com about his newly released Christmas album, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SPIN.com: 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.
SPIN.com: 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.
SPIN.com: 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.
Read the entire interview from SPIN.com.