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On this day in music history: March 26, 1996 - “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop”, the third album by Stone Temple Pilots is released. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, it is  recorded at Westerly Ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA and Southern Tracks Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA from October 1995 - January 1996. After scoring back to back multi-platinum sellers with their first two albums “Core” And “Purple”, Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to begin work on their third release at the beginning of 1995. However, lead singer Scott Weiland’s run ins with the law due to his substance abuse problems end up with STP scrapping the first recordings intended for the next album. They instead take a break while Weiland forms his own side band The Magnificent Bastards, and brothers Robert and Dean DiLeo, Eric Kretz and vocalist Dave Coutts develop their own side project called Talk Show. Eventually STP regroup in the Fall of 1995 to start fresh again on their third album. For the main tracking sessions, the band set up shop in a rented mansion near Santa Barbara, CA with producer Brendan O'Brien to live and record in during most of the project. Musically, the band make a conscious move away from the grunge rock oriented sound of their first two albums toward a more glam and psychedelic rock influenced sound. After the sessions wrap in California, the band relocate to O'Brien’s studio in Atlanta to record overdubs and mix the tracks. The album is led by the punky, hard rocking first single “Big Bang Baby” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #2 Modern Rock, #28 Pop Airplay), which is accompanied by a deliberately low budget performance video shot on videotape. It spins off two more singles including “Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #3 Modern Rock, #36 Pop Airplay) and “Lady Picture Show” (#1 Mainstream Rock, #6 Modern Rock, #53 Pop Airplay). In spite of the album being well received upon its release, the band falters once again when Weiland slips back into drug use. He is arrested for possession of illegal substances, a violation of his probation and is ordered to serve time in jail for his offense. As a result, Stone Temple Pilots are forced to cancel the majority of the tour in support of the “Tiny Music” album, including the opening slot on the KISS Reunion Tour that Summer. Originally released in very small quantities on vinyl, the album is reissued in that format in 2013 by Music On Vinyl, as a limited edition numbered pressing on marbled blue vinyl and standard black 180 gram vinyl. “Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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