Stone Temple Pilots: Unplugged 11-17-1993
Ah, STP. I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there ready to criticize these guys for similarity to their more-talented contemporaries or for a derivative sound. One way or another, who cares? They wrote some very good songs and their second album, Purple, is one of the better pop-rock records of the 90s. This Unplugged set took place after their first album blew up, perhaps a bit too soon in their careers for some (early big fame = lots of cries of "sellout!"), but it is still indicative of the group's considerable musicianship. Bassist Robert DeLeo may be one of the most underrated rock bassists of the 90s. I found it interesting that they chose to try different versions of some of their songs, notably "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing".
Officially, the band did record the song "Sin" at the performance. However, according to this site:
...we got in contact with a reliable source who worked for MTV and had access to the archives. But guess what? Sin wasn't on the tapes there. Big Empty was there, so was Andy Warhol, the other song edited from the original broadcast.Here's the full set, minus "Sin", along with a bonus acoustic version of "Pretty Penny" which was included in the ZIP file I obtained of the set.
After some more research we were told that there were DAT errors with the audio recording of Sin. This was only discovered after the show, and so the band didn't do a second take or something like that.
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Stone Temple Pilots: Unplugged 11-17-1993PS Most of you know about STP singer Scott Weiland's current exploits in Velvet Revolver, but you may not have heard about the brothers DeLeo's new outfit, Army Of Anyone, with Filter singer Richard Patrick.
Sony Music Studios, New York
Andy Warhol (David Bowie cover)
Sex Type Thing
Bonus: Pretty Penny