- Released: September 29, 1992
- Label: Atlantic
Rolling Stone - 12/23/93, p.152
"...With Eric Kretz bashing the skins like a Bonham manque and axeman Robert DeLeo ladling murk, CORE is a testosteronefest..."
CMJ - 1/6/03, p.16
Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"
- 1.Dead And Bloated
- 2.Sex Type Thing
- 3.Wicked Garden
- 4.No Memory
- 6.Naked Sunday
- 8.Piece Of Pie
- 10.Wet My Bed
- 12.Where The River Goes
Stone Temple Pilots: Weiland (vocals); Dean DeLeo (guitar); Robert DeLeo (bass); Eric Kretz (drums).
Recorded at Rumbo Recorders, Los Angeles.
"Plush" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal."
The group that put San Diego, California, on the musical map, Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album with little fanfare, and caught the public eye only after touring for a year. CORE's sound--relentlessly pounding guitars, a heavy bottom, and a singer whose vocal style bled with some unseen pain--played perfectly into the swell of grunge that had been building up in the mainstream for two years before its release. Topically, CORE went beyond the the usual sex, drugs, and rock & roll fare associated with hard rock. The drill-instructor intro that singer Scott Weiland chants at the beginning of "Dead & Bloated" is a disgusted swipe at the rivers of apathy coursing through America. The enigmatic singer often donned a dress onstage to drive home the point of the anti-rape song "Sex Type Thing."
Guitarist Dean DeLeo's playing grinds and swirls, pulling the listener to and fro on a crunchy carpet of distortion. Brother Robert's bass rumbles and pops thunderously, as drummer Eric Kretz matches him with unbridled ferocity. STP clicks spectacularly on the consecutive tandem of "Sin" and "Naked Sunday," taking on the political hot-button topic of religion. "Sin" addresses the danger of blind piety that leaves no room for compassion, while "Naked Sunday" deals with the quest for God and the uncertainty of such spiritual pursuits. Pretty heavy stuff for a group presumed to be living the stereotypical rock & roll lifestyle.