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Album: No. 4Released: 1999Charted:
wrote the lyric about his first wife, Janina Castaneda. They got married in 1994, just as Stone Temple Pilots were becoming one of the biggest bands in America. Weiland admitted that he put her through hell with his capricious behavior that stemmed from his addictions.
When he wrote the song, the couple in the midst of a divorce, which was finalized in 2000. In this song, Weiland sings about how she will soon be free of him, "a happy girl the day that she left me." In his memoir, Weiland wrote, "She had finally rid her life of a man who had never been faithful."
In the line, "I pay the ransom note to stop it from steaming," the ransom note is Weiland's divorce settlement, which he said "took forever and cost me a fortune."
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was a huge fan of the band, played the female lead in the video. At the time, Gellar was a rising star thanks to her TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her movies Cruel Intentions and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The trippy video was directed by David Slade, whose work includes episodes of Hannibal and the movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
The clip features little people in costumes that look like the Teletubbies, which were big at the time. The band claimed this was a coincidence, and that the creatures are based on a dream Weiland had.
Many listeners thought this song was about Scott Weiland's girlfriend at the time, Mary Forsberg, whom he would later marry.
This was the most successful single from the group's fourth album, No. 4. With a soft, innocent sound, "Sour Girl" was a departure from the grunge style STP was known for.
The album was released at a tumultuous time for the band: Scott Weiland had released a solo album the previous year, and his bandmates had formed an offshoot called Talk Show. Weiland was in the throes of addiction, and shortly before the album was released, he was sentenced to jail time for violating his parole (he was convicted of heroin possession the previous year). This killed plans for a tour and made it impossible to support the album, which suffered in sales as a result.