Plush (song)

Plush (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Plush

Artist = Stone Temple Pilots
from Album = Core
B-side = "Sin"
Released = 1993
Format = CD single,
Recorded = 1992
Genre = Grunge
Length = 5:13
Label = Atlantic
Producer = Brendan O'Brien
Writer = Music: Robert DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland & Eric Kretz
Last single = "Sex Type Thing"
This single = "Plush"
Next single = "Creep"
(1993)Extra tracklisting
Album = Core
Type = studio
prev_track = "Piece of Pie"
prev_no = 8
this_track = "Plush"
track_no = 9
next_track = "Wet My Bed"
next_no = 10
Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = single

Lower caption = U.S. Promotional Radio Release
Extra album cover
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = single

Lower caption = German Promotional Radio Release

"Plush" is a song by the American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It is one of the band's biggest hits, and was composed and written by singer Scott Weiland, drummer Eric Kretz and bassist Robert DeLeo for STP's debut album, "Core" (see 1992 in music).

The song was released in 1993 as "Core"'s second single and became a major rock radio hit in the U.S., peaking at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks. "Plush" won in the category of "Best Hard Rock Performance" at the 1994 Grammy Awards.

Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo performed an acoustic version of "Plush" on the MTV show "Headbanger's Ball" that was also very popular. It was originally only available on a CD single from England for their single, "Creep", but is now featured on the band's "greatest hits" compilation, "Thank You", along with the original electric version.

Composition and inspiration

The song's chord structure was inspired by DeLeo's love of ragtime music, and its lyrics were loosely based on a newspaper article Weiland had read about a girl who had been found dead in an area outside of Seattle. Weiland has also said that the song's lyrics are a metaphor for a failed relationship.

Music video

The award-winning music video, directed by Josh Taft, was released in 1993 and had heavy rotation on MTV. It combines a visual interpretation of the song's lyrics with footage of a red-haired Weiland singing with the band as a lounge act in an empty bar. There are two different versions of this video, with minor but very noticeable differences. For example, in the version that appears on the "Thank You" Bonus DVD, the last shot of the video is a woman looking at a mirror image of herself and viewing her whole body while the mirror image drifts away. In another version, she's looking at a mirror image of her face, with water (possibly rain) dripping down the reflection.


Notable appearances of the song

*It also has been featured in the video game "" on Radio X.
*The song was on "The Bigs" video game soundtrack.
*"Plush" is featured on the American version of "SingStar 90s".
*Keller Williams has covered the song during live performances.


*Scott Weiland's former band Velvet Revolver has occasionally covered "Plush".
*MLB pitcher Bronson Arroyo covered the song on his debut album "Covering the Bases".
*Retired MLB player Jeff Conine also covered the song in 2005 on the album "Oh Say Can You Sing?".
* Aaron Lewis of Staind has covered an acoustic version of the song.

External links

*youtube|yM0ltPK0-GQ|"Plush" music video
*youtube|fZouvJPA2ng|"Plush" ("VH1 Storytellers" performance)

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