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What If by Creed
Album: Human ClayReleased: 1999
In this song, Scott Stapp
sings about those who oppress the band with their words and hatred. He seems to be referring to the media and critics who lashed out at Creed, and asks what they would do if faced with a similar situation.
This song may have marked the peak of Creed's success and the beginning of the Creed backlash. They had released only three albums, but got constant airplay from 1997-2001. Human Clay was their second album, and soon after their third album Weathered was released, radio saturation made listeners weary of their sound.
This was used in the 2000 movie Scream 3. Creed helped produce the soundtrack. The music video showed the band getting offed one-by-one by the infamous Ghostface from Scream. The video also features David Arquette.
According to guitarist Mark Tremonti
, who wrote the music for this track, the intro was inspired by both "Paint It Black
" from The Rolling Stones and the Nintendo game Zelda
. (thanks, Aaron - Chicago, IL, for above 2)
The album was recorded at a house outside of Tallahassee. Lead singer Scott Stapp moved there after reading that Jim Morrison had lived in Tallahassee.
When American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry sang this on the show in 2006, judge Simon Cowell told him: "There is a line you don't cross. Creed would not be seen dead on this show."