Title: Big Bang Baby

Artist: Stone Temple Pilots

Album: Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

Year Released: 1996

What It Is: In my ears, one of the few songs that realized the potential of Stone Temple Pilots. No turgidity, no excess, no sexism. Just good, strong, yet melodic rock and roll.

Riffage / Hookage: A decent riff and a pretty cool melody. Not much more that you can ask for, is there?

Cowbell?: Noper.

Words Of Wisdom: “So turn it up and burn it
Theres a hole in your head
Theres a hole in your head
Where the birds cant sing along

Does anybody know
How the story really goes
How the story really goes
Or should we all just hum along”

Mixology Report: It’s a quite versatile track, and can fit pretty well anywhere in a mix. It’s especially good at the beginning or as a transitional cut between genres.

Top Five Genius Results: Burden In My Head – Soundgarden
I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters
Animal – Pearl Jam
Seether – Veruca Salt
Zero – Smashing Pumpkins

There was this station in Indiana, X103, that was the first ‘alternative rock’ station, and yes, they became as predictable as the local AOR station. Those tracks probably made up a commercial free block, no doubt.

For The Good Of The Order: I first heard “Sex Type Thing” on MTV, liked it and bought their first record. I thought it was a turgid mess, and then read that the lyrics were pretty well misogynistic. So I sold it back. And I resisted STP for the longest time. When I heard this cut, I secretly liked it, but didn’t say anything. I finally bought it on iTunes, and now I have 5 (count ’em) STP tracks on le Pod. I still think some of their ‘hits’ are boring post-grunge sludge feasts, but I do admit they have a few good tracks.

Here they are on the Late Show. I always thought bassist Robert DeLeo looked more like a wise guy than a rock star.