Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland
knew he was hooked the first time he tried heroin, and by the time the band was recording their second album, Purple
, he was becoming a junkie but doing everything he could to hide his addiction. Many of the songs on the album express this lonely, helpless feeling, including this one.
"Pretty Penny" tells the story of a mother and daughter who are both addicts. He made up the story, but based it on his own struggles. Weiland said it was his last try to convince himself and others around him that he was not an addict.