As we reported all the way back in 2009, a Scott Weiland VH1 Behind The Music special was worked on for the network, but was indefinitely shelved later that same year, despite production being at least halfway finished for the television special at Lavish Studios featuring interviews and performances of Stone Temple Pilots and solo tracks. Instead, VH1 aired episodes focused on Lil Wayne and T.I.
While VH1 have not announced any plans to complete the special, one can only wonder if they may reconsider now with Weiland’s recent passing. The Behind The Music special isn’t the only unreleased Weiland documentary out there, as Stone Temple Pilots filmed footage for a documentary while recording Shangri LA DEE DA in 2001.
Mark Racco, the director of Scott Weiland’s side project The Wondergirls “Drop That Baby” video from the late 90’s, recently revealed that the Wondergirls are planning on releasing a previously unreleased track titled “Massive Heart Attack” featuring Weiland. Racco said the following on YouTube:
“Keep your fingers crossed I’m currently in negotiations to direct a new Wondergirls video for an unreleased track Scott wrote and performed lead vocals on called ‘Massive Heart Attack’ which in light of his recent passing be very enlightening as he appears to have predicted his own death in the song. the video will be for charity partly benefiting Musicares and partly for Scott’s children.”
Alternative Nation has also learned exclusively from a source that there are two unreleased tracks from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts’ Blaster recordings sessions. There is no word though on if or when those tracks will be released.
You can listen to a clip of “Massive Heart Attack” below, which we originally premiered a portion of in 2013.
Alternative Nation wrote an in-depth piece on the Wondergirls in 2013 featuring an interview with Ashley Hamilton.
Once upon a time, a record label would mean a band’s avenue to success, or prove to be its undoing. The Wondergirls, an ambitious project spearheaded by entertainer Ashley Hamilton, fell victim to the furtive tactics of the industry. Nowadays, with the advent of the internet, the concept of needing a label is obsolete. With that in mind, Hamilton and his partners in the group are planning a comeback.
In concept, the band, the brainchild of actor/songwriter Ashley Hamilton, was a late 90’s/early 2000’s rock and roll dream team: the roster was filled by some of the most popular artists of the time, including Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Jay Gordon and Ryan Shuck of Orgy, Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle, and Ian Astbury of The Cult. However, after recording a full length album, a string of mishaps led to the destruction of the band.
Outside of “Massive Heart Attack”, Other songs that were worked on in some capacity included “Go My Way”,”Cookie Monster”, “Every Time”, “Kiss and Tell (The Train Song)” and cover of Iggy Pop’s “Passenger”.
Ashley Hamilton told Alternative Nation, “It was one of those groundbreaking things, you knew it was going to be fucking huge. We had so many potential hit songs from that record, and we were so stoked.” Sadly, when the recording process was well underway, legal turmoil tore the band apart. “We started our record… the problem was that we were on so many labels, and [the labels] were fighting over money. We’re more than halfway done with the album, and one day we come in and Josh Abraham says there’s a problem… we should be finished in a couple of days, we’ll be back… that was the last of the project. People disappeared and went back to their own gigs, I didn’t have a gig. The thing was done.”