“Happy” in Galoshes is the second solo album by Scott Weiland. Weiland, known for his roles as the lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, released his first album, 12 Bar Blues in 1998. Ten years later, “Happy” in Galoshes served as the official follow-up. Two versions have been released, a single disc and double disc deluxe version—the deluxe edition offers a second disc of 10 extra tracks.
The album was released November 25, 2008 on Weiland’s own Softdrive Records. Produced by Doug Grean and Scott Weiland, with select tracks recorded by Steve Albini, the album features guest appearances by Paul Oakenfold and No Doubt members Adrian Young, Tony Kanal, and Tom Dumont. Oakenfold appears on a cover of David Bowie’s “Fame.” Weiland has cited Bowie as one of his main influences.
In an interview with The Pulse of Radio regarding the album, Weiland stated: “It’ll definitely be a sonic journey like the first album was, a little bit more focused since I’m not on a narcotic journey like I was on the last one. But, you know, still sort of all over the map, because my influences are so wide and varied.” In an interview with MTV News, Weiland stated that the songs on “Happy” In Galoshes were inspired by the death of his brother, Michael (who also played drums on a song on the album), and Weiland’s separation from his wife of eight years, Mary Forsberg.
For the music video for the sometime Stone Temple Pilot’s solo song “Tangle With Your Mind,” the 41-year-old rocker acts in an uber cute tale of boy-meets-girl. A dapper Weiland strolls onto the scene, flicking a cigarette seconds before colliding with his polka-dot-dress-clad dream girl, who is riding on a vintage bicycle. Her basket of multi-colored construction paper flies, and the two spend the next three minutes staring at the stars and sharing strands of spaghetti like Lady and the Tramp. Awww…
On September 17, 2008, Spin.com posted an exclusive stream of “Paralysis” and the track “Missing Cleveland” was posted on Weiland’s MySpace site. On October 24, Spin also posted another new song, “Crash”. On October 27, rockdirt.com released the video for “Paralysis”, which features actress Paz de la Huerta. On November 18, the album became available to preview on Scott Weiland’s MySpace page. A series of 4 webisodes directed by Rocco Guarino were released on scottweiland.com to promote the single “Crash”.
“Missing Cleveland” was the first single released from the album on November 11. On February 17, it was announced that fans could vote for the album’s second single. The candidates for the voting are “Paralysis”, “Blind Confusion”, and “Killing Me Sweetly.”
Deluxe edition – Disc one
Missing Cleveland, Tangle with Your Mind, Blind Confusion, Paralysis, She Sold Her System, Blister on My Soul, Fame, Killing Me Sweetly, Big Black Monster, Beautiful Day.
Deluxe edition – Disc two
Crash, Hyper-Fuzz-Funny-Car, The Man I Didn’t Know, Sometimes Chicken Soup, Somethings Must Go This Way, Pictures & Computers (I’m Not Superman), Sentimental Halos, Reel Around the Fountain, Arch Angel, Be Not Afraid, I Know It’s Too Late.
Ex-Girlfriend Mourns Scott Weiland:
‘He Was A Tender Lover’
Paz de la Huerta recently paid tribute to her ex-boyfriend Scott Weiland on Instagram following his death. Paz dated Weiland from 2008 to 2009, appearing in his “Paralysis” music video. At the time of their relationship Weiland was 40 years old, while Paz was 23.
“A true love of mine … A gift from God to this world … Tender … Loving … Resilient … Honorable … Integrity … His Love Boundless … I am shattered … This is beyond tragic on so many levels for so many people … Especially for his beautiful children … Love and prayers … Love and prayers … Love and Prayers …”
She also posted lyrics to the Stone Temple Pilots song “Atlanta” on her Instagram. “She lives by the wall and waits by the door … She walks in the sun to me … Memories of candles and incense and all of these things … Remember thee … She lives by the wall and waits by the door she walks in the sun to me …”
Paz was involved in a big controversy in May of 2008 during Stone Temple Pilots’ reunion tour in New Jersey when Scott and Paz reportedly wouldn’t leave Scott’s trailer leading to the band coming out 90 minutes late. Robert DeLeo yelled at Scott’s trailer calling him Axl according to Opie and Anthony. When Scott and Paz emerged Robert told Scott to “get your bitch off my tour.” Scott then promptly told her to leave.