Purple (album)

Purple (album)

Infobox Album
Name = Purple
Type = studio
Artist = Stone Temple Pilots

Released = June 7, 1994
Recorded = 1993–1994
Genre = Alternative rock, hard rock, grunge
Length = 46:57
Label = Atlantic
Producer = Brendan O'Brien
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=A8sj20r6at48b link]
*Entertainment Weekly (B-) [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,302580,00.html link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/stonetemplepilots/albums/album/303015/review/5947027/purple link]
Last album = "Core" (1992)
This album = "Purple" (1994)
Next album = "Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop" (1996)
Misc = Singles
Name = Purple
Type = studio
Single 1 = Big Empty
Single 1 date = 1994
Single 2 = Vasoline
Single 2 date = 1994
Single 3 = Interstate Love Song
Single 3 date = 1994
Single 4 = Unglued
Single 4 date = 1994 (promo only)
Single 5 = Pretty Penny
Single 5 date = 1995 (promo only)

"Purple" is the second album released by the American alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots, on June 7, 1994 (see 1994 in music) by Atlantic Records. It contains several of the band's biggest hit songs, including "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song," and "Big Empty," which was also featured on "The Crow" soundtrack. The album was a big success for STP, debuting at #1 (for three weeks, longer than any stay at the top by Nirvana, Alice In Chains, or Soundgarden) and being certified 6x platinum. In 2006, the album was ranked number 73 on "Guitar World" magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar albums of all time. [http://chud.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93854]


The lyric "she said she'd be my woman, she said she'd be my man" from "Lounge Fly" also appears on the "Mighty Joe Young Demo" in the song "Spanish Flies".

The band debuted the first single, "Big Empty", at their "MTV Unplugged" performance acoustically. The song would later appear on the soundtrack to "The Crow".

"The Crow" soundtrack (featuring Stone Temple Pilots) reached number 1 and a couple of weeks later "Purple" reached the top of the charts. In 1994, Stone Temple Pilots appeared on two number 1 albums.


The album title, "Purple," is written as a Chinese character on the cover, and nowhere else on the packaging (including along the spine). When asked about the title in an interview, Scott Weiland replied "It's my favorite color. It's the color of bruises."


On the cassette version of the album, the child is holding the Chinese letter in his hand, and it is not in the corner.

Track listing

writing_credits = yes
title1 = Meatplow
writer1 = Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, Scott Weiland
length1 = 3:37
title2 = Vasoline
writer2 = Stone Temple Pilots
length2 = 2:56
title3 = Lounge Fly
writer3 = R. DeLeo, Weiland
length3 = 5:18
title4 = Interstate Love Song
writer4 = R. DeLeo, Weiland
length4 = 3:14
title5 = Still Remains
writer5 = R. DeLeo, D. DeLeo, Weiland
length5 = 3:33
title6 = Pretty Penny
writer6 = D. DeLeo, Weiland
length6 = 3:42
title7 = Silvergun Superman
writer7 = R. DeLeo, D. DeLeo, Weiland
length7 = 5:16
title8 = Big Empty
writer8 = D. DeLeo, Weiland
length8 = 4:54
title9 = Unglued
writer9 = R. DeLeo, Weiland
length9 = 2:35
title10 = Army Ants
writer10 = D. DeLeo, Weiland
length10 = 3:46
title11 = Kitchenware & Candybars
note11 = see below
writer11 = R. DeLeo, Weiland
length11 = 8:07


Track 11, "Kitchenware & Candybars", contains a hidden track named "My Second Album," which is a parody of most hidden tracks being unorthodox songs that the band would make. The lounge song was performed by Richard Peterson, a musician who happens to be a big fan of Johnny Mathis, hence the reference to Mathis in the song.Fact|date=May 2008


*Stone Temple Pilots – design
*Dean DeLeo – acoustic guitar, percussion, drums, electric guitar
*Robert DeLeo – bass, guitar, percussion
*Nick DiDia – engineer
*Clay Harper – assistant engineer
*Eric Kretz – percussion, drums
*Paul Leary – ending guitar solo on "Lounge Fly"
*Brendan O'Brien – producer, engineer, mixing, mellotron on "Army Ants"
*Scott Weiland – vocals, percussion, guitar
*Dale Sizer – illustrations
*Caram Costanzo – assistant engineer
*John Heiden – design





sucession box
before = "Ill Communication" by Beastie Boys
title = "Billboard" 200 number-one album
years = June 25 - July 15 1994
after = "The Lion King (soundtrack)"
by Various artists
succession box
before = "The Division Bell" by Pink Floyd
title = Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
years = June 26 - July 2 1994
after = "Voodoo Lounge" by The Rolling Stones

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