Stone Temple Pilots Chat: Dean & Rob DeLeo Ė July 9, 2001
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(Alberta): hey guys: when the band started off
with CORE, did you ever think you would get this far in your career?
DeLeo: Yes! We'll be chatting when I make my 10th record.
Dudes, there was talk of you releasing a "greatest
hits" or "best of" collection with one or two new tracks last
year. What happened, and would you consider it in the near future? Rock out!
DeLeo: Um, I think possibly, what we plan is leaving out the
greatest hits and just putting out extra songs that we've never released on
records. The greatest hits idea was around and we brought it up cause at the
time we thought it might be a good idea to do, but not anymore.
Daugherty: Do you feel that
"Shangri" is the best overall album that STP has released? If so, what
do you feel sets it apart from the other 4 albums?
DeLeo: I am much too close to our music to make that statement, I
simply...the band has simply made the freshest statement in music we possibly
could and that is for your judgement.
Renarndry: What old songs do you avoid playing
DeLeo: We don't avoid songs; there are just some songs that are
better left to listen to on the record perhaps. Songs like, "Kitchen Ware
and Candy Bars", "I Got You", those are songs better left to
listen to on the record.
Hasted: Do you still speak to or see David
Coutts? (canít remember his name) talk show singer?
DeLeo: I haven't talked to him in a number of years but last I
talked to him he had a beautiful baby daughter and just bought himself a new
house and was doing well.
What do you credit the band's longevity to? I mean, you
guys have been through a lot. What has kept you focused?
DeLeo: The main focus for us has been a healthy contribution to
music. We feel that we have a lot to contribute and I think if we didn't we
probably wouldn't be making music anymore.
A.: How hard was it to deal with what
was going on with Scott? Did u get to visit him in jail? Was there any contact?
How did you know it was going to work when he got out?
DeLeo: I would visit him often, the irony was that there was glass
between him and I would put my testicles up on the glass. Days Of The Week is
kind of, lyrically, talking about the sensory overload he had just freshly
getting out of jail. Robert - you never really sure whether it's going to work
or not. That's the excitement that builds around being in a band. YEAH BABY
D. Johnston: After "Days of the Week",
what is your next single going to be? I thought "Regeneration" might
be a good choice. It's my favourite song off the album.
DeLeo: I don't know...what about "Coma" or
what new songs on the album did you guys really enjoy
writing and excite you?
DeLeo: All of them.
DeLeo: They're all our children
are you guys ever going to release a covers album?
DeLeo: I don't know about a whole album but we did that Zeppelin
cover, I don't know if I could get behind a whole album but maybe a song or two.
We did that Doors song too.
Barz: How come you guys play alot lighter
style of music now? What happened to the STP I remember when you guys played
DeLeo: Tell him to go get his "****ing" money back at the
what kind of a sound turn are STP taking in the future
if any ?
DeLeo: I think we're always trying to do that with our sound. You
can piss someone off for not being the same and then make someone happy for
changing. It's ultimately where the music comes from - from ourselves. We want
to simply please ourselves. Dean - simply, we write what we feel.
Do you guys think you will release the documentary you
made while recording in Malibu? Have you seen the whole thing and were you
DeLeo: We haven't seen the whole thing, we shot 3 months of footage
and have some great stuff and we're excited about sitting down to look at it and
put together a little film.
Coughlan: What are your favuriete bans that
have appeared on the scene in the last 4 or 5 years?
DeLeo: Hang on, I've got to think. That's hard for me to answer
because I have a hard time getting past 1980.
DeLeo: I like that band Spiritulized. Robert - I think great bands
that have really remained bands are Radiohead, The Flaming Lips...Sigur Ross and
most of all.... Joe C will live forever.
When does STP plan on doing another U.S. tour? i saw you
guys in October it was an amazing show!
DeLeo: We'll be headlining Family Values, October/November On the
tour, Stain'd Linkin Park, System Of A Down.
c: in an article i read off of canoe, the
performer Tricky had stated that "sour girl" was a rip of one of his
album cuts a few years back. have you heard about this? and what do you think
about it? personally, i think the two are not even close to comparable. and
besides, "sour girl" is and was a great tune. thanks guys
DeLeo: I will be struck dead if I'm lying - I've never heard a
Tricky song in my life. That's rather pompous.
This question is for Dean. Who were your early
influences growing up?
DeLeo: Neil Young, Burt Bacharach, Led Zepplin, Jeff Beck, Rolling
Stones, The Move...I could go on and on and on.
O' Halloran: Where do ye get the inspuration to
write your songs?
DeLeo: It's very personal. It's all we got.
Toecutter: Do you guys feed off of the
brotherly competitiveness thing?
DeLeo: It's a very healthy competitiveness though, when one of us
comes in, it encourages the other to raise the bar.
Mae Medlock: What is the best thing about
DeLeo: Finding out that there's such amazing names like Wanda Mae
Twomey: Which video for ye was the most fun
DeLeo: The Pamela Anderson video that never came out. That was fun,
that was awesome.
DeLeo: In all seriousness, I'd have to say Vaseline.
A lot of bands that came out around the same time STP
did have band members with solo projects now. Do any of the STP band members
have any other solo plans?
DeLeo: I actually have a boyband in the works that I'm putting
together. I'm going to be in it too, not just managing it. It's called The Back
What would you guys be doing now if you were not in STP?
DeLeo: Oh God, how do you answer that? I'd be in a band with
Robert, some sort of band. Robert - We'd be playing music. Weddings...
What are the fans reaction the new album?
DeLeo: Everybody loves it. What's Jeff's reaction.
why did you change the band name - it was Mighty Joe
DeLeo: There was a Blues artist out of Chicago that was making
records before we were born and we were made aware of that just before we were
about to release our record.
D: Do you guys look forward to doing tours?
DeLeo: Being on the road is very difficult and trying on you as a
person but being able to be that close to fans is really an honour and we love
performing live. See you soon!
What do you think of STP.com's bbs?
DeLeo: It's quite flatterin, we're honoured that people take the
time to do website. Dean : We are the most fortunate guys, any artist who gets
to do what they love to do most, to be appreciated for it is a complete blessing
and we do not take it likely and we LOVE our fans very much and they mean the
world to us. I would F*** them all if I could but wife wouldn't dig it.
O.: To what extent have your own
personal lives, apart from Scott's, influenced the shape of the current album?
DeLeo: What makes all of our records sound the way they do, whether
it's musically or lyrically is the collaboration of all of our lives. Dean :
I'll say it again, we simply write what we feel.
Grunge music died, you guys didnt... howcome?
DeLeo: We never payed attention to what was going on around us.
Robert: we just did what we wanted to do. It was always other people's ideas to
link us to what was happening at the time and we were never interested in what
was going on at the time, we saw ourselves making records years from them.
DeLeo: We want to thank everyone taking the time to log on and for
being a part of this band, and hopefully we will see you soon and we love you
all. Dean: Your opinions and devotion and love means the world to me, I think of
it and hold it dear to my heart on a daily basis. I feel I owe everything to you
all and when I come to your town I will bleed for you.
Cut & Pasted By: Surfer Rosa ***