Stone Temple Pilots: “Second Album” from Purple

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About “Second Album”

“Second Album” is a hidden song by Stone Temple Pilots from their album Purple.

When asked on the official Stone Temple Pilots message board who sang “Second Album” (also referred to as “My Second Album”), guitarist Robert DeLeo said, “His name is Richard Peterson. He’s an artistic street musician. We asked permission to use one track off his CD (titled The Second Album) called “Second Album.””

Scott Weiland described “Second Album” to RIP Magazine in 1994: “Oh, The Richard Peterson song. He’s a guy from Washington somewhere, a small town-not Aberdeen-but I guess Dean did a radio interview up there in Washington, and he saw this picture of this guy in the Wall posing with Johnny Mathis. And he was like, ‘Wow, who’s this guy?’ And they said, ‘Oh, that’s Richard Peterson, he’s got his own records out.’ We got a tape of his stuff, and it was just fucking great, so we instantly put it on, you know, the music before we go on stage, and just were listening to it all the time and turning on all our friends to it. And the song is the first on his second album, you know? It’s just so self-explanatory to how he feels about his second album that we felt it kinda fits our situation too.”

In another interview, Weiland described the song as, “It’s written by this really weird guy named Richard Peterson. He makes these records with his own money. He gets a friend to sing his songs that he writes that have to do with this obsession with Johnny Mathis. We heard it and we freaked. It was the weirdest thing we had heard in our lives and it just kinda seemed like it fit close to our album.”

Peterson was paid $10,000 for the song’s inclusion on Purple and promised another $10,000 for every million copies the record sold.

About Purple

Purple is the second studio album by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released in 1994. Building on the success of their debut album Core, this record solidified Stone Temple Pilots’ status as one of the leading alternative rock bands of the 1990s.

The album is a compelling blend of grunge, alternative rock, and hard rock influences. Songs like “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” and “Big Empty” are not only catchy but also exhibit a level of musical maturity that set Stone Temple Pilots apart from their contemporaries.

Purple showcases Scott Weiland’s dynamic vocals and the DeLeo brothers’ (Dean and Robert) exceptional guitar and bass work, along with Eric Kretz’s solid drumming. The album’s themes touch on addiction, love, and introspection, reflecting the band’s struggles and experiences during this period.

Purple received critical acclaim and commercial success, solidifying Stone Temple Pilots’ position in the ’90s rock scene. It remains a quintessential album of that era, appreciated for its musical prowess and emotional depth.

How to find “Second Album”

On CD & vinyl: Play through the last track (“Kitchenware & Candybars”)

Listen to “Second Album”

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