Stone Temple Pilots are set to release a boxed set of their 1992 debut album Core as a re-issue. A major feature of the set focuses on an unreleased song titled “Only Dying” that was never officially shared. It served as a demo only.
According to behind-the-scenes music history, STP intended to include the track on the soundtrack for the 1994 drama fantasy film The Crow. After actor Brandon Lee was tragically killed on set, the band did not believe it would have been in proper form to include it as a track.
STP bassist Robert DeLeo told Rolling Stone,”That song was a little bit of a different direction for us. It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”
Dean DeLeo, the band’s guitarist, went on to say,”I remember Scott really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”
Drummer Eric Kretz added, “We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed. It’s cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott’s voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It’s a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions.”
The boxed set will land September 29.