Next Friday (29th), Stone Temple Pilots 25th-anniversary box-set reissue of their acclaimed debut album, Core, will be released via Rhino. It is the record that gave us unforgettable songs such as “Sex Type Thing” and “Plush.” However, on this particular box-set, it will include a previously unreleased song entitled, “Only Dying.” The track was demoed during the beginning of their career and it was once considered to be on the soundtrack for The Crow. Due to the death of actor Brandon Lee, who was accidentally shot to death on set for the film, the group decided to shelve it.
The deluxe edition consists of five discs. The first will be a remastered version of the original, the second will include demos and B side tunes, the 3rd and 4th discs will contain live recordings from 1993 and the DVD will include the original mix along with music videos.
Rolling Stone caught up with surviving members of the band to share their thoughts on “Only Dying.”
Bassist Robert DeLeo described the song as:
“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.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.”
Guitarist Dean DeLeo added:
“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 expressed:
“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.”
Listen to the song below: