Sex Type Thing (3:39)

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Sex Type Thing” was the debut single released by the rock band Stone Temple Pilots in 1992 off their debut album Core. The song spawned a music video which received moderate rotation on MTV (at the height of the early 1990s grunge music scene) and is still heard on most rock radio stations today.

Contrary to popular belief, singer Scott Weiland wrote the song as an anti-rape statement, not as a song simply about sex, as he has stated:

“”This song is really not about sex at all. It’s about control, violence and abuse of power.”

According to guitarist Dean DeLeo, the song “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin had a direct influence on the main riff in “Sex Type Thing.” Although not stated by DeLeo, the main riff bears a striking similarity to the opening riff of the Danzig song, “Snakes Of Christ” from the album Danzig II: Lucifuge.

Over time, “Sex Type Thing” became the band’s traditional closer at live shows. During some performances from 1999 until STP’s 2003 break-up, the band would extend the song’s bridge into a jam session where Weiland would strip naked in front of the audience and then wrap his lower body in an American flag.


During the grunge explosion of the 90’s, the music video for “Sex Type Thing” is usually denoted as the single factor that drove Stone Temple Pilots into the scene.


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