RhinoThe upcoming reissue of Stone Temple Pilots‘ 1992 debut album, Core, will feature the previously unreleased song titled “Only Dying.” Ahead of the collection’s arrival next week, you can listen to the track now via RollingStone.com.
“That song was a little bit of a different direction for us,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone. “It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”
“I remember [frontman] Scott [Weiland] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that…I don’t know what I was thinking,” guitarist Dean DeLeo adds. “Maybe I was listening to too much [The Cure‘s] Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”
STP originally wrote “Only Dying” for the soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow, but they decided the song wouldn’t be appropriate after star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed on set. The band ended up recording the song “Big Empty” instead, which was also used as the lead single for STP’s 1994 sophomore album, Purple.
“It was a bit more fitting,” drummer Eric Kretz says. “It’s just a different vibe than what we were feeling at the time.”
The Core reissue will arrive on September 29 — 25 years to the day after the album was originally released.
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