Les SCORPIONS ......se piquent !
Still riding on the success of 1982's red-blooded-hard-hittin' Blackout LP, the hit-machine could do no wrong. In 1984, SCORPIONS was one of the key-players in the hardrock landscape and they were to become one of the biggest arena-fillers of the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic.
The oldest hardrock band in history, the SCORPS have entertained the globe since 1970. From the heavier heavymetal roots of the Uli Jon Roth-era, to the hardrock power-chords of 1980's Animal Magnetism, the SCORPIONS were now locked and loaded to break big into the US-mainstream with their FM-friendly-hardrock-formula ...a pattern still used to this current day.
After a heated performance at the US Festival in May 1983, the SCORPIONS were now in the ring head-to-head against the mighty OZZY, VAN HALEN, JUDAS PRIEST and new bad-boys MÖTLEY CRÜE. Anthems after anthems, hits after hits, power-ballads after power-ballads, the SCOPRIONS were the German DEF LEPPARD, the German AEROSMITH, the German BON JOVI, the ...well you get the idea !
1984's block-buster Love At First Sting is just that: anthems, hits and a chart-topping power-ballad that still 35years later, gets the crowd roaring for some more.
The party starts with "Bad Boys Running Wild" which displays lyrics about life in the city, with all of it's excesses in true 80s fashion. The mandatory guy-love-girl rock track is found on "I'm Leaving You" while the haunting intro of "Coming Home" sets the mood and the mid-part kicks-off into a fist-pumping lead-guitar frenzy. The up-beat "The Same Thrill" is a supported by a thrilling riff while the lyrics trades about dealing with adult matters from an adolescent's point of view.
Statistically, some bands are lucking to have one hit in their entire career, the SCOPRIONS have been blessed so many times with the later it's hard to keep track and Love At First Sting is no different. The LP contains not one, but two of hardrock's biggest and known songs, worldwide. Two major anthems that brought pleasure to millions of rabid fans of the genres: the heavy-rock power-house "Big City Nights" and the immortal chest-beating sing-along "Rock You Like A Hurricane" monumental mega-hit !
The album ends and slows-down, with the cold and melodramatic tearful power-ballad "Still Loving You". A dark piece showcasing singer Klaus Meine's incredible vocal spectrum and strips the band, bare-bones to a rhythm & blues-based act. Top class.
SCORPIONS were part of the first wave of hardrock bands from the late-70s to early-80s that sat the blueprint for the decadent decade to come and inevitably, this madness went on the road and all hell broke loose. Rev-up your motorbike, this is gonna be a long hot night !
Rock You Like A Hurricane - video
Interview in 1984 (in German)
Live in Japan in 1984
November 6, 1990 - 2020: 30 years of: Crazy World.
Out of the zoo ...into the big city nights.
The German panzer, the great hard-rocknroll hit-machine known as the SCORPIONS. From Hanover to your Walkman, from their underground heavyrock beginnings to the arenas of the world, one thing is certain ...the SCORPIONS never had a blackout !
L.A. hit hard in the 80s, an all killers - no fillers era for hardrock from the City Of Angels, but our Deutschland-quintet weren't done yet. After all, they did initiate this very party way back in 1972, at a time when Slash, Nikki Sixx and a certain Edward were still learning the rudiment of their respective instruments.
Look but you can't touch, the temptation is hard on "Tease Me Please Me". A sneaky lick and matching power-rock chorus, press play, it's all here. Rejoice and indulge in European-rocknroll with the title-track, a loud statement were the SCORPS still manage to bring new tricks out of their sleeves.
Ladies don't lie, prove me wrong girl as "Don't Believe Her" rolls down and sets the mood for some "Lust For Love". It's been done a gazillion time, but hey it works, just like sex, drugs and rocknroll ...it all goes along way with "Money And Fame"
And now ...time to: "Tear down this wall"
In one of humanity's most defining historic event, reuniting the East with the West, the bad-boys toned down and let the magic do the talking. In a sea of MTV-friendly powerballads, in a sea of hair-rock excesses, all of it in this delinquent decadent decade, this cut would forever encompass the powerballad-term. If the mainstream still hadn't listened to Patience, Every Rose Has It's Thorn or Home Sweet Home ...they now couldn't look away. The tornading "Wind Of Change" took care of this and to some extent, spearheaded a part of the now classicrock radio-format. A beautiful piece, supported by ringing slightly reverbed overdriven-guitars, "Change" is on both terms: a cry for help and a cry for hope. Hold hands and whistle along.
Still hot on the heels of 1988's Savage Amusement LP, as well as an electrifying appearance at the legendary 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival where they would lovingly sting us once again, along other rock-hoodlums: Ozzy OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BON JOVI, CINDERELLA and SKID ROW.
30 years later, the SCORPIONS are still alive and world wide live. 1990's Crazy World is one of the last RIAA-certified 2x Platinum pillars for true hardrock, before the Seattle-immersion of late-1991 ...hold on for awhile, the 80s vibe isn't over yet !
Tease Me Please Me = video
Wind Of Change = video
Send Me An Angel = video
Interview in 1990
Live in Berlin in 1991
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