Between the Lines (Stone Temple Pilots song)

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"Between the Lines"
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Stone Temple Pilots
ReleasedMarch 22, 2010
FormatCD single
Digital download
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Robert DeLeo (music),
Scott Weiland (lyrics)
Producer(s)Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"All in the Suit That You Wear"
"Between the Lines"
"Take a Load Off"
Music video
"Between The Lines" on YouTube

"Between the Lines" is the first single from the American rock band Stone Temple Pilots's sixth studio album, Stone Temple Pilots. The single was released on March 22, 2010.[1] The song set the record for largest positional gain on Billboard's Rock Songs chart, jumping from number 40 to 2, later reaching number 1.[2] "Between the Lines" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards, an award the band previously won for "Plush" in 1994.


The music to "Between the Lines" was written by bassist Robert DeLeo, with lead singer Scott Weiland writing the song's lyrics.[3] Guitarist Dean DeLeo on the song's structure:[3]

Robert was thinking Animals or Zombies, a '60s go-go beat and a girl in a miniskirt. Sometimes we don't feel musically what Scott does lyrically. He took it to an exciting place. It's pretty twisted.

Weiland introduced the tune as a "punk song" in 2012 during a concert at Bethel Woods.

Critical reception[edit]

A reviewer from the Kuwait publication Arab Times stated that the song "might not have the surefire hit potential of STP’s older singles", but applauded the band's return with the song, and called the song an excellent gift.[4] Lehigh Valley Live staff writer Marcia loved the song musically, but stated that "the lyrics seem like an afterthought", additionally criticizing the resemblance to Bob Dylan's material. Second Dustin called the music strong and the riffs catchy, comparing the song to the material on earlier albums Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop and Shangri-La Dee Da.[5] USA Today stated that STP had "roared back to life with a shiny, infectious grunge-pop hit driven by a clever lyrical twist, stinging guitar solo, and charging beat."[6]

Music video[edit]

Drummer Eric Kretz stated in an interview with that the band would begin filming the music video for "Between the Lines" in early April 2010.[7] On Friday, May 7, 2010 the band announced that the world premiere for the video would air that day during the broadcast FUSE TV's Top 20 Video Countdown.[8]

MTV News stated that the video, which was directed by Christopher Sims,[9] "feels like classic STP" and that "much like the song, it's a sweaty, claustrophobic affair, documenting frontman Scott Weiland's past history of drug use." Weiland said about the video's concept, "It's sort of like an off point of view, similar to The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up." It was one of the coolest videos that came out in the last 15 years."[10]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Worldwide March 22, 2010 Promotional release (digital only)[1]


"Between the Lines" was released as Downloadable Content on June 1, 2010 as part of a Stone Temple Pilots Track Pack with "Sex Type Thing" and "Plush" for Guitar Hero 5.[11]

The song is also featured on the game Rocksmith.

Chart positions[edit]

"Between the Lines" is the band's first #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart[12] (they have had a total of three #2 singles on this chart in previous years), as well as the band's first song to ever chart on the Rock Songs chart where it peaked at #1 for seven straight weeks.[13] The song has also peaked at #50 on the Canadian Hot 100.[14]

Chart (2010) Peak
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 3
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 83
Billboard Alternative Songs 1
Billboard Mainstream Rock 2
Billboard Rock Songs 1
Billboard Canadian Hot 100 50
Billboard Canada Rock 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Stone Temple Pilots: New Single To Debut On Monday". Roadrunner Records. March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Chart Beat Wednesday: Crash Kings, Carrie Underwood, STP - Chart Beat". Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  3. ^ a b Gundersen, Edna (2010-04-21). "It's all right 'Between the Lines' for Stone Temple Pilots". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  4. ^ "STP's 'Lines' excellent gift". Arab Times. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Schoof, Dustin; et al. (March 30, 2010). "Reading between Stone Temple Pilots' 'Lines'". Lehigh Valley Live. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2010-04-19). "Playlist: Stone Temple Pilots, Big Boi, Otis Redding and more". Usatoday.Com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  7. ^ "TAP SXSW Exclusive Interview: Stone Temple Pilots's Eric Kretz". The Audio Perv. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  8. ^ "Stone ★ Temple ★ Pilots > News". 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  9. ^ "christophersims director | video". Archived from the original on 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  10. ^ Montgomery, James (2010-05-13). "Stone Temple Pilots Roar Back With 'Between the Lines' Video - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  11. ^ 26May10. "Guitar Hero 5/Band Hero DLC: Stone Temple Pilots, Alice Cooper, National Anthems « El Mundo Tech". Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  12. ^ Stone Temple Pilots' Singles Chart History. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  13. ^ [13] Archived May 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "( Stone Temple Pilots > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-26.

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