Creep (Stone Temple Pilots song)

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European commercial CD release
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Core
B-side "Crackerman"
"Where the River Goes"
Released November 1, 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Length 5:33 (Album version)
4:31 (Radio edit)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Music: Robert DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland & Robert DeLeo
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"Big Empty"
"Big Empty"
Core track listing
"Naked Sunday"
"Piece of Pie"
Music video
"Creep" on YouTube

"Creep" is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band's debut album, Core and later released as a single. The song also appears on the band's greatest hits album, Thank You. A live version featuring Aaron Lewis is included on The Family Values 2001 Tour release.

Music video[edit]

There were two videos shot for "Creep". The video that aired was directed by Graeme Joyce after a version by director Gus Van Sant was shelved due to its drug and sexual references.

Lyrical content[edit]

The song's lyrics were written by lead vocalist Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo. DeLeo also wrote the song's music. DeLeo stated the following about "Creep:"

"Musically speaking I was thinking about a song along the lines of 'Heart of Gold' by Neil Young, which is in the key of D-minor, the saddest key of all. Scott was thinking about the lyrics, and at that time in our lives we were struggling very much. What Scott was writing about was a real-life situation. Also about me, the thing about the gun. 'Creep' is a very demeaning word. It was one of those instances where we looked at ourselves, looked in the mirror."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Creep" [New Radio Version] - 4:31
  2. "Crackerman" - 3:12
  3. "Where the River Goes" - 8:20

German track listing[edit]

  1. Creep
  2. Dead and Bloated
  3. Piece of Pie


Chart (1993/94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 76
Canada (RPM) 45
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[3] 59
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[4] 2
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[5] 12


  1. ^ Rik of "Song Info Archive". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ "Radio Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Alternative Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 

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