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Monday, September 1, 2008

Lee “Scratch” Perry vs Stone Temple Pilots

posted by on September 1 at 13:40 PM

2818685636_8633fbd87e.jpgLee “Scratch” Perry by Corey Bayless

Lee “Scratch” Perry vs Scott Weiland: Who’s more crazy? Dave Segal makes a convincing case for Perry, who wore lit incense in his hat, rhymed a lot of stuff with his name, riffed on variations of “rub-a-dub dub,” extolled the virtues of marijuana, and just generally looked like Juan the Frye Apartments Guy fronting a dub band. Which is to say: Awesome!

2817024756_558b4ca3c1.jpgStone Temple Pilots by Dagmar Sieglinde

But holy shit, Stone Temple Pilots! Over at Memorial Stadium, the ’90s band was playing in front of some ridiculous screen-saver video backdrop straight outta Windows ‘95—a black and white spiral, some dancing plaid, dots and loops, fucking sunlight refracting underwater! Weiland preened on the monitors and strained his throaty voice against his band’s brutally average stadium “grunge,” spotlit so as to stand out from the flying toasters or whatever the fuck was going on on that screen. They played “Creep.” They played “Plush.” They played a motherfucking version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with Weiland mumbling/scatting over languid bass and guitar noodling. It was insane. (Jherek Bischoff and Nick Tamburro from the Dead Science were there, so who knows, maybe their next joint will be a avant rock opera about Velvet Revolver—I would listen to that over Core in a heartbeat.)

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Eric Grandy..

You are such a waste of space on this blog and in the Stranger Paper.

I am not surprised you did not like the show. I am not surprised that you didn't like the visuals. I am not surprised that you are unhappy with the band.

I am not surprised because you rarely have anything positive to say about anything.

However at the STP show I saw so many people having a good time.

Yes the band was late, but besides that, when the band did make it to the stage the whole place lit up, and people had a great time for the whole set. So what if the visuals were lame- The music was entertaining to the audience- and isn't that what is important for a concert?

It's not difficult to figure out that you are the type of person who has to find something wrong with everything. You think that your negative take on things is intelligent and necessary. Eric Grandy you are a party pooper.. a sad little party pooper.. Yes I said it.. and it is true..
I wonder if you every have any fun or if you are the guy that is always whining about something or somebody. Lighten up will ya!

Yes STP are grunge. Yes grunge is sooo 90's sooo passe' .. But so what.. it's a part of music history.. some people still like it.. at least STP is staying true to what they are. Not only that but I'll bet that some STP songs may have had an influence on some artist that you like- but that is if you like anybody.

Perhaps you think that you are being witty by being so negative in your writings, but it's really just predictable at this point. Whenever I come accross your articles I know its going to be tongue and cheek humor and negative. Maybe you could surprise your readers one day and take a well--butrin or something.

Posted by Eric-Grandy Is A Party-Pooper | September 2, 2008 2:39 AM
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Jesus fucking Christ, I'm willing to endure STP fans (and even some rock critics) sticking up for the band as being underrated, but this kind of obnoxious whining and name-calling is indefensible.

Oh, and I haven't seen Juan the Frye Apartments guy in forever. Anyone knows what happened to him? I actually know his "origin story" and hope that he's OK.

Posted by Chris Estey | September 2, 2008 7:17 AM
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@1 Got some bad news for ya: Eric Grandy has fun and likes some bands. I've seen it with me own 2 eyez.

Posted by segal | September 2, 2008 10:44 AM
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I live downtown, and see Juan all the time. He looks to be doing A-OK. As for STP, I'm glad I don't work at KNDD anymore (I left in '96). Haven't heard a lick of their music since, and haven't missed it one iota. They were never a critics' band, so if #1 is gonna take on Grandy, he might as well take on the entire critical establishment.

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | September 2, 2008 1:22 PM
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STP was blown off the stage ... no, blown out of the stadium ... by The Black Keys.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 2, 2008 1:28 PM
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Yah the Black Keys were amazing- Eric Grandy didn't like them either though.

I am not much of an STP fan. But I did like the Black Keys that night.

However I do agree with the first post in that I don't think Eric Grandy likes many bands at all- he may like some- but I think he hates most of them- at least that's the impression he leaves in the Stranger. He hates everything even Life Cereal.

I never finish an article from Eric feeling happy or uplifted-- in fact his articles usually leave me feeling kinda blah- so I avoid them for the most part.

If I believed everything Eric put down or gave a bad review too, I would miss alot of good music.

So think for yourself people

Posted by Iagree that Eric Grandy is a PartyPooper | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM
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Even Life Cereal?

Posted by Eric Grandy | September 2, 2008 10:28 PM

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