If a song is going to be on an album, you’re going to make sure it’s one of the best you’ve ever done. Regardless of any legacy you might have, you’re only as good as your last record, so you better find the goods. Or you can follow the path of these bands and just make your fans search for some of your best songs.
Even though these songs could have been the centerpiece of an entire record, they always remained standalone singles or add-ons released long after the fact. While it might be understandable that some of them didn’t make the cut, these songs are good departures from the usual sound these bands are known for, either delving into new territory or branching out. perfectly fitting their usual pop appeal.
So why didn’t they make it onto the album? Well, sometimes having a killer song may not equal a good album track. These tracks may not have matched well with the studio version of these records, and they were left to be released into the wild with no real home. If your song has hooks like these, they don’t necessarily need to be on an album to work well. In this case, the crowd will eventually come to you.
When creating a song, it’s pretty easy to skimp when you’re doing something for a movie soundtrack. Outside of the days of the Beatles and Prince that would soundtrack an entire movie, adding a single song to a glorified mixtape is usually reserved for material that wasn’t good enough to fit on the main disks. So when Stone Temple Pilots actually made an awesome track for the Spider-Man soundtrack, how did it end up falling through the cracks?
Around the time Sam Raimi’s first superhero movie was about to hit theaters, Stone Temple Pilots composed the song All in the Suit That You Wear for the movie, featuring all of the greatest elements of the top notch STP hardware. Although there’s no real solo or anything, the riffs behind it all are sturdy as hell and Scott Weiland’s vocals are still in rare form, with the sing and high-pitched scream style. which he was known to do during his Tiny Music days.
By the 11th hour however, the producers decided to go in a slightly different direction for Spidey’s debut, instead going with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger to write the song Hero as the soundtrack single. Managing to retain the rights to the song, STP eventually included the song as a bonus track on one of their biggest hit albums. When it was still the age of rock, imagine what the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man would have looked like with that slice of kickass playing over the end credits.