In 2011, former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland decided to put out a Christmas album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (no, seriously).
And if you were expecting some raging, twisted rock ‘n roll version, think again. The eleven track record is a compilation of holiday standards done in the same traditional way you grew up on. He even filmed several wholesome videos to accompany the album. Frank Sinatra, eat your heart out.
In an interview with SPIN, Weiland talked about the recording process:
“We recorded with a 16-piece string orchestra, a 10-piece horn section, plus woodwind instruments, piano, standup bass, and guitar. I can’t read sheet music, I have to just listen to it, and then just go for it. You can’t restrain yourself with this kind of music. It’s very emotional music and it’s all about the phrasing and being able to change notes.”
Weiland went on to reveal a softer side of Stone Temple Pilots from their early years:
“Back in 1990, before STP were even signed, [bassist] Robert DeLeo and I were very broke. Like broke, broke, broke. We had no money to buy presents for our family. So we decided to record a version of “The Christmas Song,” but we didn’t have an orchestra. We had a keyboard with some good string samples and Robert put some toilet paper behind his bass strings to mute it so it sounded like a standup bass. He had a Gibson 175 and he just played the drums on it. I mixed it and we gave it to our parents and grandparents, and to this day they say that it’s the best Christmas present that they have ever received.”
Scott Weiland’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is available on iTunes.
“The Christmas Song”
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
“What Child is This?”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Happy Christmas and Many More”
“O Holy Night”
“Little Drummer Boy”