Scott Weiland Talks Nirvana Influencing Him, Grunge Changing The World

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland discussed the Grunge explosion of the 1990’s and Nirvana’s influence on him in a new interview with The Shark, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Yeah, you could feel it. It affected more than than just the music, and certain things that each band had in common. It was in their influences, they came a very similar, same place. A mixture of like 60’s garage, 70’s Sabbath, Zeppelin, and punk rock. It was the way that we connected with our generation, Generation X, and the way that we affected youth culture, and pop culture, and also how we influenced the political movement going on at the time.”

“Nirvana, I saw them in a small club in Los Angeles called Raji’s. Jane’s Addiction too, Jane’s Addiction is from Los Angeles, and they were part of that same movement. They just happened to have their album come out a year earlier than Bleach. Those were probably two of my biggest influences.”

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  • Raj

    I would say the songs from that era were well written, composed and produced at a high level. The music that came out in the 90’s could be argued that it parallels the release of the music in the 70’s or even surpasses it. The songs that came out are timeless, the bar was set very high and anything released now is measured against that level. The classic rock station in our city that used to only play 60’s and 70’s songs are now playing Nirvana and Collective Soul as classic rock, go figure that one.

    • Felonious Punk

      Collective Soul are considered classic rock now?

      • Steve Chavez

        When creating anything we have to look back. We have so many tools and advantages now that you lose something. There’s nothing quite like a simple device where you can hit record without all of the bullshit… simple amps that you adjust to your liking and just play through… no bs… none of this overproduced nonsense. Go back to the Ramones… Feel trumps production always…

      • herbert

        well collective soul had really very good songs imo but im not considering them classics yet

        • Felonious Punk

          They haven’t had a legitimate hit since like 1999 though.

          • Raj

            Yeah that song is called ‘Shine’

          • Felonious Punk

            Good song

      • Raj

        I don’t consider them classic rock but maybe because songs like Shine and Where the River Flows came out in 1994 so I guess for some it’s ancient already.

  • Jeremy Martin M

    “Movement”? What is he talking about? Shoot up another one, Scott. Janes Addiction had nothing at all to do with Nirvana. Bleach came out in 89, Janes Addiction in 87, Besides, musically they’re nothing alike.

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      Big wave.

    • Dame Judy Denture Cream

      He listened to you and now he is dead.

    • Samantha

      I think Scott, also being a big part of the music, might have had a little insight on what the movement was. There were a lot of bands in that scene, they weren’t all from seattle.

      There were actually quite a few movements back then, that started in the 80’s, and spilled into the 90’s. Those movements brought a lot of change that was very well needed.

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Facelift and Bleach are two gr