Lead singer Scott Weiland wrote this song about his relationship troubles and his growing heroin addiction. When he wrote it, he thought about what kind of a liar he had become towards his fiancé, Janina Castaneda, and how he had promised to stay off drugs when they went to Atlanta to record Stone Temple Pilots’ second album, Purple. He didn’t keep that promise, but in phone calls, would tell Janina that everything was OK.
The song is written from Janina’s perspective, with Weiland imagining her seeing right through his lies.
In Stone Temple Pilots appearance on VH1’s Storytellers, Scott Weiland explained that the band would travel in a Winnebago that pulled a trailer with their equipment. When band members wanted some quiet, they would go in the trailer with a walkie-talkie. Robert DeLeo was back there with his guitar one day when he came up with the music for the song, and he used the walkie-talkie to call to the band and play it for them. Weiland added: “The words are about the lies I was trying to conceal while making the Purple record.”
Like many STP songs, the title is not mentioned in the lyric. It was an “Interstate” love in the literal sense because Scott Weiland wrote it in Atlanta while his fiancé was back in California.
The band’s bass player Robert DeLeo wrote the music to this song. He says it started out as a bossa nova.
This is one of Stone Temple Pilots biggest songs. It was huge on the various “Alternative” radio stations that were cropping up in the early ’90s, and it also got a lot of airplay on Top 40 stations, where it shared space on playlists with the likes of Gin Blossoms and Sheryl Crow.
At this time, the band’s songs weren’t sold as singles in the United States, which encouraged album sales. Their label, Atlantic Records, still meticulously promoted the singles to radio stations in an effort to keep STP on the airwaves as long as possible. Purple went to #1 soon after it was released in June 1994, where it stayed for three weeks. “Big Empty” was the first single, peaking at #50 on the Billboard Airplay chart in July 1994 (Hot 100 rules at the time made songs that weren’t sold as singles ineligible for the chart). “Vasoline” went to #38 in August, and “Interstate Love Song” made #18 in December.
To play up the liar theme, the music video features a man who emerges into the modern day from a silent film, and finds his nose growing throughout the clip. “Kevin Kerslake,” who also did the STP video for “Vasoline,” was the director.
Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilotsby admin, March 31, 2018
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