Sunday, November 20, 2016
Song Of The Week: 11/20/16
Song: "Beach Pop"
Artist: Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts
Place Of Origin: San Diego, California
Years Active: 2013-2015
WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:
"Beach Pop" appears to be a song about harkening back to the days of youth. It's being with that girl that's maybe your first love and talking about marriage and having kids when you're both probably too young to know how long the relationship will even last. It's about the good times spent with friends, at rock shows or at the beach. When you're young, those times seems like they are gonna last forever. As you get older, those times are gone, but the memories still bring a smile to your face. The song is really about big dreams, good times and friendships attained in youthful times.
SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):
2015 - Blaster (Softdrive Records)
CURRENT STATUS OF SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS:
Scott Weiland, of course, is most famous for being the lead singer of the band Stone Temple Pilots. Exploding out of the grunge/alternative scene of the early to mid 90's, STP became one of the biggest acts of the time. Weiland also fronted the supergroup Velvet Revolver in 2002 featuring himself and former Guns'n'Roses members, most notably Slash and Duff McKagen. Weiland also released solo material in the form of two albums of new material, one covers album and a Christmas album. He also was the lead vocalist on an album for the band Art Of Anarchy, which Weiland tried to distance himself from after the album came out, saying he just wanted to be a contributor to the album but not be in the band. For all of his greatness as a lead vocalist, years of drug abuse hindered a lot of the good things he had going on for himself. His addictions caused him to leave or be kicked out of Stone Temple Pilots on 2 occasions and the same was true for Velvet Revolver. As the 20 year anniversary of STP's debut album "Core" came about in 2013, instead of doing a world tour with the Pilots, he instead rounded up a new band, The Wildabouts, and went out on the "Purple At The Core" tour while STP began working with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. With ongoing legal battles between Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots and the refusal of Velvet Revolver to reunite with Weiland, Scott turned his focus onto his new band The Wildabouts. In 2015, the band released their debut album "Blaster" which featured the singles "Way You Move", "White Lightning" and the T. Rex cover, "20th Century Boy". One day before the release of "Blaster" tragedy struck the band when guitarist Jeremy Brown died of drug intoxication. The tragedy didn't end there. On December 3, 2015, Scott Weiland was found unresponsive on his tour bus in Bloomington Minnesota. The addictions that haunted him for the majority of his adult life finally took their toll. Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts were similar in style to STP and Velvet Revolver obviously, Scott Weiland being so instrumental in song writing and lyrics for both of those bands. I'd say The Wildabouts are definitely glam rock with some blues rock sprinkled in where STP was more alternative/grunge/glam rock and VR was more arena rock. Weiland was obviously heavily influenced by David Bowie and it reflects in his style and stage presence. For the generation that I grew up in, which was just as the grunge/Seattle movement began, Weiland was definitely a voice of that generation. Maybe he doesn't get the same credit as Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vedder but he is right up there with those guys. A captivating frontman, excellent songwriter and a true legend in rock and roll.
TEN SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:
1. Way She Moves
2. White Lightning
3. 20th Century Boy (T. Rex cover)
4. The Jean Genie (David Bowie cover)
7. Hotel Rio
8. Blue Eyes
10. Bleed Out