Bumbershoot Lee “Scratch” Perry vs Stone Temple Pilots
posted by September 1 at 13:40 PMon
Lee “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!
Stone 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.)