Today (Dec. 4) we woke up to the sad news that Scott Weiland passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Minnesota, where he was scheduled to play with Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. The long-running rock singer was only 48.
Although the cause of death remains unknown, Weiland had long struggled with addiction issues. But the voice behind Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was beloved for his gritty, from-the-gut vocals and the memorable visuals that accompanied his songs.
From Stone Temple Pilots to his solo stuff, here’s our editorial picks for Weiland’s 10 Best Videos. For his biggest hits on the chart, head here.
10) Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”
Arguably their best song, “Plush” also has one of STP’s most straightforward visuals. It’s mostly just the band playing in front of shimmery tassels, but Weiland’s punk-inspired bright red hair makes his performance pop.
9) Stone Temple Pilots, “Creep”
One of the band’s more introspective songs finds the group looking contemplative in a forlorn house. A water faucet drips, and old man stumbles by, acoustic guitar is played in a bedroom with Hendrix posters on the wall… all while Weiland rocks back and forth on the ground like a sad child.
8) Stone Temple Pilots, “Down”
Like an experimental ’60s happening, STP’s “Down” video involves two separate screens showing different images at once. It’s mostly band footage melded with the song’s lyrics, but mysterious, arty images like a woman emerging from water and cups breaking on the ground keep things creepy.
7) Velvet Revolver, “Slither”
For his first video with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, Weiland returned to his classic music video look: Skinny, shirtless and gyrating his lithe form in the shadows like a second generation Iggy Pop.
6) Stone Temple Pilots, “Sour Girl”
Scott Weiland gets up close and personal with some creepy, Teletubby-esque plushies and a far more fetching Sarah Michelle Gellar. We’re assuming he enjoyed the latter more than the former.
5) Stone Temple Pilots, “Lady Picture Show”
Like Smashing Pumpkins’ Georges Melies-inspired “Tonight, Tonight” video, STP reached back to the silent era for visual inspiration on their “Lady Picture Show” video. From the women undulating (shades of Metropolis) to the camera doing an iris-in on Weiland, it’s a classic.
4) Stone Temple Pilots, “Sex Type Thing”
STP bashes away in a dank, industrial setting while shirtless Weiland swings on chains and stares down the viewer. The band’s first video is also one of its best.
3) Scott Weiland, “Barbarella”
While the song title pays homage to the ’60s sci-fi cheese-tastic Jane Fonda film, Weiland’s “Barbarella” video is heavily inspired by David Bowie’s sci-fi art film The Man Who Fell to Earth from 1976. When Scott (solo on this one) sings into the camera drenched in blue lighting, he almost looks like Bowie for a second.
2) Stone Temple Pilots, “Vasoline”
Dressed to the nines and sporting a cane, Weiland shows off his bendy legs in the “Vasoline” clip, which also features a Lederhosen dance throwdown, a little girl collecting butterflies, a puppy playing next to a fancy pool and an unsettling, harried-looking clown. This is primo ’90s alt-rock video eeriness.
1) Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song”
If you ever wondered why STP’s second album was called Purple, look no further than this purple-hued music video featuring a creepy, silent movie-looking guy with a Cyrano de Bergerac-sized schnozz. His exploits are paired with footage of the band rocking the hell out in front of palm trees and Weiland cruising through the desert wearing a feathery pink jacket.