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"Creep" is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, appearing as the seventh track off the band's debut album, Core and later released as a single. The song also appears on the band's greatest hits album, Thank You. A live version featuring Aaron Lewis is included on The Family Values 2001 Tour release.

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European commercial CD release
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Core
  • "Crackerman"
  • "Where the River Goes"
ReleasedNovember 1, 1993
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
Length5:33 (Album version)
4:31 (Radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Music: Robert DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland & Robert DeLeo
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"Big Empty"
Music video
"Creep" on YouTube


In a November 2014 interview with Songfacts, Scott Weiland said, "That's just the idea of being a young person somewhere, caught between still being a kid and becoming a young man. It's that youth apathy, that second-guessing yourself, not feeling like you fit in."[1]

Music videoEdit

There were two videos shot for "Creep". The video that aired was directed by Graeme Joyce after a version by director Gus Van Sant was shelved due to its drug and sexual references.

Lyrical contentEdit

The song's lyrics were written by lead vocalist Scott Weiland and bassist Robert DeLeo. DeLeo also wrote the song's music. DeLeo stated the following about "Creep:"

Musically speaking I was thinking about a song along the lines of "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young, which is in the key of D-minor, the saddest key of all. Scott was thinking about the lyrics, and at that time in our lives we were struggling very much. What Scott was writing about was a real-life situation. Also about me, the thing about the gun. "Creep" is a very demeaning word. It was one of those instances where we looked at ourselves, looked in the mirror.[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Creep" [New Radio Version] - 4:31
  2. "Crackerman" - 3:12
  3. "Where the River Goes" - 8:20

German track listingEdit

  1. Creep
  2. Dead and Bloated
  3. Piece of Pie


Chart (1993/94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 76
Canada (RPM) 45
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[4] 59
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[5] 2
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6] 12


  1. ^ "Scott Weiland: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Rik of "Song Info Archive". Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ "Radio Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  5. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  6. ^ "Alternative Songs – Stone Temple Pilots". Retrieved 2013-03-08.

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