With the release of debut album Core in 1992, Stone Temple Pilots immediately achieved what all bands crave: a devoted fan base for life. The San Diego-based four-piece captured the zeitgeist at the apex of the so-called “grunge” era, but quickly distinguished themselves as a band beholden to no trend. Boasting the inimitable riffs of guitarist Dean DeLeo, the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz, and the charismatic baritone of frontman Scott Weiland, STP dominated airwaves, video playlists and the charts alike. Buoyed by Billboard-charting singles “Sex Type Thing,” “Plush,” “Wicked Garden” and “Creep,” Core sold eight million copies in the United States alone, while “Plush” nabbed the 1994 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance and the band took home Best New Artist at the 1993 MTV Music Awards.

STP didn’t disappoint on their highly anticipated follow-up, 1994’s Purple. While diversifying their sound to incorporate elements of psychedelia and introspective acoustic rock, the band continued to command an enormous fan base. Debuting at number one on the Billboard charts and holding that position for three weeks, the record went platinum six times over in America on the strength of “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song” (both of which hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart), and “Big Empty,” a sweeping, melancholy epic that originally appeared on the popular original soundtrack to The Crow.

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