Name = Vasoline
Stone Temple Pilots
from Album = Purple
B-side = "Meat Plow"
"Andy Warhol" (live from "
"Crackerman" (live from "MTV Unplugged")"
Released = 1994
Recorded = 1994
Length = 2:56
Label = Atlantic
Producer = Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots
Last single = "
This single = "Vasoline"
Next single = "
Interstate Love Song"
Album = Purple
Type = studio
prev_track = "Meat Plow"
prev_no = Track 1
this_track = "Vasoline"
track_no = Track 2
next_track = "Lounge Fly"
next_no = Track 3|
"Vasoline" is a song by the band
Stone Temple Pilotsfrom their second album "Purple". The song was the first single of the album (and also the second most successful, only behind " Interstate Love Song"), reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracksfor 2 weeks. The song's odd sounding intro was created by Robert DeLeo, who ran his bass through a Wah-wah pedalto get the said effect. The song's lyrics were written by vocalist Scott Weiland.
Composition and meaning
As like most other Stone Temple Pilots songs, the lyrics can be vague and hard to interpret, and many interpretations have been suggested by fans. During STP's performance of "Vasoline" on "
VH1 Storytellers", Scott says that the song is about "feeling like an insect under a magnifying glass."
Perhaps one of the strangest things about this song is the use of
syncopationin the riff that the guitar and bass play. By itself, the riff sounds something like swung eighth notesalternating between the musical notes F natural and G natural. However, in reality the riff is an alternating sixteenth and eighth note pattern in 3/4 time over a drum beat in 4/4 time, creating a very odd sounding rhythm.
music videos (directed by Kevin Kerslake) were in heavy rotation on MTV when the single was released in 1994. [http://www.mvdbase.com/video.php?id=26789] There are at least three different versions of the video, labeled "X Version", "Y Version", and "Z Version". All versions are relatively similar, using parts of the same footage with some minor differences and shown in different orders. The single album art is taken directly from the music video.
*X Version - begins with a shot of
flypaperand then a laughing clown
*Y Version - begins with a butterfly-catching girl running up to the camera
*Z Version - begins with a man using a
*"Vasoline" appeared in the video games "Rock Band" and "
*"Vasoline" is played at some
NFLstadiums during kickoffs.
*youtube|Po94bp1saZ4|"Vasoline (Version X)" music video
*youtube|88GT0mOrqqo|"Vasoline (Version Y)" music video
*youtube|bb3Hn2qqbJE|"Vasoline (Version Z)" music video
*youtube|ydqkZ-SPtVk|"Vasoline" ("VH1 Storytellers" performance)
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