Big Empty

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"Big Empty"
Australian CD single
Single by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Purple and The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side"Lounge Fly"
ReleasedMay 22, 1994
FormatCD single
RecordedMay 25, 1993 at The Record Plant
GenreGrunge, blues rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Music: Dean DeLeo
Lyrics: Scott Weiland
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots singles chronology
"Big Empty"
Audio sample

"Big Empty" is a song by the American hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots that first appeared in 1994 on the soundtrack to the Brandon Lee movie The Crow. The song later appeared on the band's second album, Purple, and was released as the lead single from that album; the song was released as a successful single, reaching #3 and #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts, respectively. The song is also notable for having a similar format to the band's previous single "Creep", beginning with a slow, soft acoustic verse that leads into a loud and distorted chorus with a heavy guitar that has a similar format to "Plush". "Big Empty" appears on the greatest hits compilation albums Thank You and Buy This.

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "'Big Empty' is a perfect encapsulation of mainstream alienation"[2] and praised it as a highlight on Purple.


Chart (1994/95) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 63
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[4] 50
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks[5] 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6] 7

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed live for the first time during a taping of MTV Unplugged on November 17, 1993, seven months before Purple was released. "Big Empty" was not included when their Unplugged episode debuted in January 1994. However, in May to help promote The Crow soundtrack, MTV placed the Unplugged performance of "Big Empty" into their heavy video rotation, as there was never an official promo video for the song. On STP's 2008 reunion tour, "Big Empty" was the opening song for every show except for the band's performance at the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore on August 10.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big Empty"
  2. "Lounge Fly"


  1. ^ "25 Years Ago: Stone Temple Pilots Release 'Purple' Album". Loudwire. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1994-05-31). "Purple - Stone Temple Pilots : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 21 May 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  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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