Lady Picture Show

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"Lady Picture Show"
A simple slate background with the name of the band and the song written in large light-yellow cursive
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
Released November 6, 1996 (1996-11-06)
Format CD
Recorded at Westerly Ranch, Santa Ynez, California
Genre Alternative rock,[1] psychedelic rock
Length 4:06
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Music: Robert DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart"
"Lady Picture Show"
"Tumble in the Rough"
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop track listing
"Big Bang Baby"
"Lady Picture Show"
"And So I Know"
Music sample
Music video
"Lady Picture Show" on YouTube

"Lady Picture Show" is a song by American alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was the second single released from their third album, Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Giftshop. It was one of three tracks on this album to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The song, Scott Weiland writes in his autobiography Not Dead and Not For Sale, "is about the horrific gang rape of a dancer who winds up falling in love but can't let go of the pain."[2]

"Lady Picture Show" also appears on Thank You, a greatest hits compilation released in 2003. It was also used in the unaired pilot episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the scene where Buffy is at The Bronze.


The song is known for its striking resemblance to the style of music which was popular in the 1970s. It consists of a memorable opening riff, heavy use of the bass, as well as the use of a concert bass drum during the main chorus. The album (and this song especially) represents a milestone in STP's sound, for a large amount of jazz fusion and psychedelic rock can be heard throughout the album. Scott Weiland's trademark low growl was replaced with a higher croon.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Josh Taft.[3] The video is presented as an old film peep show; rendered nearly completely in black-and-white. Throughout the video, the band can be seen playing in a white room, with objects such as bubbles and shiny diamonds. Various shots of exotic dancers are seen dancing around the screen as well, along with shots of the band members playing. During Dean DeLeo's notable solo, the screen turns into the fuzzy color structure which was a trademark of the 1960s. The segment shows Dean playing in a colorful meadow, and then the video then fades back into black and white for the rest of the video.


(1996–97) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[4] 53
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6] 6


  1. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots - Lady Picture Show". Discogs. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Not Dead and Not For Sale (Scribner, 2010), pp120
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  4. ^ "Radio Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Alternative Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 

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Preceded by
"Blow Up the Outside World" by Soundgarden
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
January 25, 1997
Succeeded by
"Blow Up the Outside World" by Soundgarden