Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums :
Artist : Scorpions
Album : Love At First Sting
Released : March 27, 1984
Metal Mofo Album Rating : 5/5 (Absolute Classic)
“If we’d go again all the way from the start. I would try to change the things that killed our love. Pride has built a wall so strong that I can’t get through. Is there really no chance to start once again ? I’m still loving you. ”
For many music fans the above lyrics are about a relationship gone bad, but to the German band known as Scorpions it’s a much deeper song than that. Each member of the band who grew up in post World War II Germany, they knew first hand of the divide of the Berlin Wall. The final track on on their now classic ninth studio album “Love At First Sting” was their plea to bring that wall down. In the year of 1984 it was a pretty remote idea that the wall could come down, but just a few years after this song became a Worldwide anthem it would come down. Just one example of the power of music. Not that this song was the reason it happened, but it did bring awareness to the situation, which could only be a positive thing at the time.
The fact that The Scorpions were even around in 1984 was a surprise to many. Just a few years earlier the band was all but written off when singer Klaus Meine was told he could never sing again, because his voice was shot. The band would even bring in singer Don Dokken to record song demos, thinking Klaus would never be back. But he was a fighter, had a very risky surgery on his vocal cords, and came back stronger than ever. Once he recuperated the band would record their huge comeback album that would truly break them in America known as “Blackout” in 1982.
It would be the follow up to that album that would not only make them one of the biggest bands in America, but maybe with the exception of Iron Maiden, the biggest band in the world. Including one of the most known songs “Rock You Like A Hurricane” would make Love At First Sting an instant success. After years, and years of paying their dues, even having two legendary guitar players leave the band, they proved how deep the talent in the band was. To this day Love At First Sting is the perfect example of one of the greatest bands of all time clicking on all cylinders. The follow up live album “World Wide Live” would prove how big it had all become. The Scorpions earned all the hard way, and most importantly, the right way.
33 years later, even after threats of retirement the band is still touring, playing to packed houses all over the world. Still anchored by their founder Rudolf Schenker who formed the band in 1965, Lead Singer/Frontman Klaus Meine, who has been in the band since 1969, and Matthias Jabs, who had to replace former guitar player Uli Jon Roth in 1978, definitely not easy shows to fill. Yet he has handled it with class, and his guitar playing through the decades prove he was the right choice all those years ago. Once again, (and I say this way too much with too many legendary Hard Rock/Heavy Bands) the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame needs to explain why Scorpions haven’t been inducted (not even nominated for that matter) into that institution yet. All of the voting, and Committee members need a heavy dose of this classic album stat !
All music composed by Rudolf Schenker.
1 Bad Boys Running Wild – 3:56
2 Rock You Like a Hurricane – 4:12
3 I’m Leaving You – 4:17
4 Coming Home – 4:59
5 The Same Thrill – 3:31