Music History

Stone Temple Pilots Used This Surprising Recording Technique on ‘Core’

Here's how Scott Weiland got that gritty vocal sound that opens the album

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Fans of the classic 1992 Stone Temple Pilots album Core will instantly recognize Scott Weiland’s gritty vocals at the start of the album: “I am smelling like a rose that somebody gave me on my birthday deathbed,” he barks. The band achieved the harsh, gravelly vocal sound by recording Weiland’s screams through guitar pickups.

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In the mid-nineties MTV produced a ‘rockumentary’ about Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland can be seen recording vocals by screaming into a guitar around the 3:50 mark:

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