Interstate Love Song

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"Interstate Love Song"
Interstate Love Song album cover.jpg
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Purple
B-side "Lounge Fly"
Released September 9, 1994
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded 1994
Length 3:14
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Music: Robert DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"Interstate Love Song"
"Pretty Penny"
"Interstate Love Song"
"Pretty Penny"
Purple track listing
"Lounge Fly"
"Interstate Love Song"
"Still Remains"
Audio sample
Music video
"Interstate Love Song" on YouTube

"Interstate Love Song" is a song by the American rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Released in 1994, the song is from the band's second studio album, Purple. Considered one of the band's biggest hits, "Interstate Love Song" reached number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart on September 17, 1994. The song it replaced at number one was "Vasoline", also by Stone Temple Pilots. The song stayed at number one for 15 weeks, a record at the time and "Vasoline" stayed at number one for 2 weeks giving STP 17 consecutive weeks at number one with both songs combined. The song also peaked number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart where "Vasoline" also peaked at the same position spot before. In 2003, "Interstate Love Song" was featured on the greatest hits compilation Thank You. In 2009, it was named the 58th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[2] The song was ranked at number 17 on Australian alternative music station Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown of 1994. In the UK, the song peaked at number 53. "Interstate Love Song" is praised as one of the best songs of the 1990s.[3]

Background, recording and release[edit]

Bassist Robert DeLeo brought in a song he had been working on when Stone Temple Pilots convened at Cole Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood, California in March 1992. His brother, guitarist Dean DeLeo, said, "We were in Atlanta touring Core, and Robert was playing around with the chords and the melody in a hotel room. I had a feeling about that song immediately." Robert DeLeo stated it was originally a bossa nova song when he began writing it. When he played it for singer Scott Weiland, the vocalist started humming along and turned what was originally the melody for the song's intro into a chorus melody.[4]

Stone Temple Pilots recorded the song during sessions for Purple at the Southern Tracks studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Weiland was able to complete his vocals for the song in one take.[4]

Upon its release as a single, "Interstate Love Song" reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it stayed for fifteen weeks.[4] The song also reached number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 22 on the Top 40 Mainstream.[5]


According to Weiland, the song dealt lyrically with a number of themes, particularly "honesty, lack of honesty, my new relationship with heroin." At the time he was having relationship troubles with his girlfriend, as he was using heroin while recording Purple but told her he no longer was.[4] "She'd ask how I was doing, and I'd lie, say I was doing fine," he admits in his autobiography Not Dead and Not For Sale. "I imagined what was going through her mind when I wrote, 'Waiting on a Sunday afternoon for what I read between the lines, your lies, feelin' like a hand in rusted shame, so do you laugh or does it cry? Reply?"[6]


Charts (1994–1995) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 53
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[7] 18
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[9] 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40[10] 22

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Interstate Love Song" - 03:16
  2. "Lounge Fly" - 05:19
  3. "Vasoline" [Live] - 03:16
  4. "Interstate Love Song" [Live] - 03:20

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Kevin Kerslake, has a washed-out color effect throughout the majority of the video and features a long-nosed protagonist escaping from an unseen pursuer. The protagonist's nose grows longer throughout the video (similar to Pinocchio), to symbolize the theme of lying in the song lyrics. At the beginning of the video, an early 1900s silent film-esque clip of the pursuer and protagonist is shown.


  1. ^ Danaher, Michael (August 4, 2014). "The 50 Best Grunge Songs". Paste. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b " music". Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c d "The Greatest Songs Ever! Interstate Love Song". Blender. September 2005. Retrieved on July 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Stone Temple Pilots - Charts & Awards - Billboard singles. Retrieved on August 6, 2008.
  6. ^ Not Dead and Not For Sale (Scribner, 2010), pp111–112
  7. ^ "Radio Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  9. ^ "Alternative Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  10. ^ "Pop Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 

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