For an artist initially dismissed as a dude doing an Eddie Vedder impression, the late Scott Weiland had a far more varied career than just about any of his ’90s alternative contemporaries. From his early days with Stone Temple Pilots through solo projects and the strange super group Velvet Revolver, Weiland never made the same album twice, and he often presented wildly different approaches from track to track.
“I always feel like I have to change styles and keep on evolving,” Weiland told EW in his last interview back in March. “I would definitely become less inspired if I had to stay in one format. That was always the approach, especially from my perspective. I was always trying to influence the albums to change and to evolve.”
That Bowie-inspired professional restlessness bore itself out in Weiland’s songs. Here are 20 definitive tracks from an eclectic career that was cut off far too soon.