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.
When Stone Temple Pilots released “Creep” as a single for the second time in 1993 (it was originally released before “Plush”, but didn’t chart well and Atlantic released it again after “Plush”), Weiland re-recorded the vocals for this song. There are four studio cuts of “Creep” as a result. The “Original Album Version” and its shorter edit “Original Radio Version”, and the “New Album Version” and edited “New Radio Version”.
Edited by totallyfuzzy on 3 Oct 2010, 12:17
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