On June 19, 2001, "Stone Temple Pilots'" fifth album "Shangri-La Dee Da", was released.
Here are 10 interesting facts about this album:
1. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien who produced STP's first album and also RHCP's first album, these two albums kicked off his career as a producer. He produced almost all of STP's albums, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, "AC/DC" and many more.
2. The album was written and recorded in a villa (dream house) that the band turned into a studio - Malibu Mansion located on the beach in California, where the band's previous album "No.4" was also recorded.
3. This is the band's most experimental album. It cruises between genres of rock, psychedelia and even pop, with influences from The Doors, The Beatles, and even David Bowie. It is very different from their previous album but reminiscent of the album "Tiny Music"
4. Before the release of the album Scott Weiland announced that the album will be released as a double album, but aspirations aside and reality aside (and Scott is known for the "aspirations"), the record company "Atlantic Record" objected to this for fear of lack of focus and diversity, so it came out as a regular album.
5. Another thing the record company objected to was Scott's desire to dedicate the album to the memory of Andrew Wood (the late singer of "Mother Love Bone") and indeed it did not happen.
6. Somewhere in the warehouses of Chapman Baehler, a photographer who has accompanied "STP" throughout most of his life (which we hope have not been burned) there are photographs and videos documenting the production of this album. Chapman was supposed to make a documentary about the process of making this album, he and his wife filmed the whole process but the film did not materialize and was not produced.
7. The most successful single from the album, which is about the only song from the album they play in shows, is "Days Of The Week" which reached number 4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song talks about Scott's addiction to heroin and the way it affected his relationship with his partner Mary Forsberg.
8. This was the first single released from the album. The band did not want it because they thought it was too poppy. They wanted the song "Coma" released instead. But the record company insisted and won, and rightly so.
9. The song "Hollywood Bitch" was written by Scott and bassist Robert Deleo. This is the second and final single from the album whose riff was written even before the release of the album "Purple".
10. This album marked the beginning of the band's big hiatus until 2008 when the first reunion was formed and two years later the band's sixth album was released (which was actually their last album with Scott).