Shangri-la dee da is tragically underrated. It's a GREAT album.
...and Dead & Bloated...and Crackerman...Certainly one of the best singles bands of all time. Thank You proves how vital they are.
I sometimes confused Plush with all the other Seattle grunge bands. I could argue Core is worth getting just for Plush alone.
But it also has
Sex Type Thing
I have 4 and Purple... and also another album that has a song called Sour Girl which sounds nothing like STP but was cool song I covered in a band. I might as well just buy the rest and finish out the collection.They're a classic example of a band who's new album wasn't as good as their last album. So basically, the order of best to worst albums for them, is from first to last. That also gives their catalogue a nice chronological and stylistic flow in that order.
"Core" and "Purple" really stand out as the two best, and are several levels above anything else they produced. "Tiny Music..." is weird, but in a good way. It's kind of fuzzy but poppy. "4" is heavy, sounds pretty dated, and the last album I'd suggest owning from them. There are some good moments on that album, but it's not up to par with what came before it. And what came after, is probably best left alone.
Though, if you really want to get into STP, probably start with their greatest hits album, "Thank You". STP's albums were pretty solid overall, more so than most bands, but that's the easiest way into the band, and still leaves you plenty of other good songs left on the proper albums for you to check out when you're ready. Unlike a band like U2 or GNR, where you pretty much have the hits everyone loves, sandwiched between a bunch of filler that's best forgotten.
Dean's playing is outstanding, but we should remember that Robert wrote their greatest material.Robert DeLeo is one of the best examples of “the bassist is the loser of the band” stereotypes that are absolutely, and completely - false.
He’s brilliant and the real magic behind those songs which were usually his.