Yeah, absolutely. But looking at STP, I can't help but feel kinda bad for them.
As I like to say, they had the rotten luck of having been at the right place, at the ight time. You know, a California rock band playing great, technically sound alternative rock – lyrically, striking a neat balance between pensive and vitriolic – just at a time when the American alt-rock scene was at its absolute peak. Which meant that they had little trouble striking a good deal with a major record label and getting enough airplay to hit the mainstream pretty darn quickly – which sat well with a mainstream audience, but not so much with a more "niche" audience, who would quickly accuse them of being a commercial act and
"grunge-wannabes" even though they had nothing to do with the Seattle scene whatsoever. And that's something that few other bands were blamed for – Smashing Pumpkins for example were just old enough and possibly different enough to elude such accusations. It didn't help that Scott Weiland's vocal style tended to fall right between Layne Staley and Eddie Vedder most of the time, even though in hindsight he really became rather known for being an extraordinarily versatile vocalist.