Stone Temple Pilots Were Once Named Shirley Temple’s Pus*y

After forming in 1985 under the band name “Swing“, Scott Weiland and Robert and Dean DeLeo changed their band name to “Mighty Joe Young”.

Mighty Joe Young Stone Temple Pilots STP Band Name Shirley Temple's Pussy

While recording their debut album with producer Brendan O’Brien they received a call from their lawyer who informed them that there was a bluesman who had already claimed the name Mighty Joe Young.


Inspired by STP Motor Oil stickers they decided to name the band using the initials STP.


They then changed the band’s name to Shirley Temple’s Pussy and performed under this name in San Diego, CA for a short time.


Under pressure from their record label they were asked to again change the band name but the initials STP would stay.  Guitarist Dean DeLeo told MTV news that he suggested “Stereo Temple Pirates”.   After some debate they changed Stereo to Stone and Pirates to Pilots, finally settling on Stone Temple Pilots.


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  1. Robert Richard says:

    I really love the the new merch. Scott you sonud better than ever. and the rest of the band never lost there . the are unquite as much as any thing . I LOVE IT THANK YOU YOUR FOR ALL THAT YOU FOR ALL TRULY YOUR #! FAN ROBERT RICHARD

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