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Scorpions

Known best for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change," German rockers the Scorpions have sold over 22 million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come out of Continental Europe. Formed in 1969 by Rudolf Schenker, the original lineup consisted of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Schenker, lead guitarist Karl-Heinz Follmer, bassist Lothar Heimberg, and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. In 1971, Schenker's younger brother Michael joined the band to play lead guitar and good friend Klaus Meine became the new vocalist. The group recorde ...read more

Known best for their 1984 anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and the 1990 ballad "Wind of Change," German rockers the Scorpions have sold over 22 million records, making them one of the most successful rock bands to ever come out of Continental Europe. Formed in 1969 by Rudolf Schenker, the original lineup consisted of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Schenker, lead guitarist Karl-Heinz Follmer, bassist Lothar Heimberg, and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. In 1971, Schenker's younger brother Michael joined the band to play lead guitar and good friend Klaus Meine became the new vocalist. The group recorded Lonesome Crow in 1972, which was used as the soundtrack to the German movie Das Kalte Paradies. Although they failed to get into the public's eye, the early incarnation of '70s rock band UFO noticed Michael Schenker's guitar playing and hired him as their lead guitarist; Michael, therefore, would leave the band in 1973. Guitarist Uli Jon Roth replaced him, and under his guidance the group released four consecutive albums under the RCA record label: Fly to the Rainbow (1974), In Trance (1975), Virgin Killer (1976), and Taken by Force (1977).

Although these albums failed to attain any serious attention in the United States, they were all quite popular in Japan. By the time Taken by Force was released, Roth made the decision to leave the band and form Electric Sun after feeling that his musical ideas would take the group in an entirely different direction. Tokyo Tapes, a double live album that the group recorded in Tokyo with Roth, was released in 1978. Shortly after Roth's departure, Michael Schenker was kicked out of UFO for his constant alcohol abuse and came back to play with the Scorpions in 1979, who had recently signed with Mercury Records. The group released Lovedrive that same year and played its first American tour, but Lovedrive failed to attract attention, being banned in the United States because of its sexually explicit cover. Still coping with his drugs and alcohol addiction, Michael missed tour dates repeatedly and guitarist Matthias Jabs was hired to fill in for him on nights when he was absent. Michael eventually would leave the Scorpions a second time after realizing that he was failing to meet their expectations.

Now with a lineup of Klaus Meine on vocals, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Matthias Jabs on lead, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Herman Rarebell on drums, the band released Animal Magnetism in 1980 and embarked on another world tour. Surprisingly, Animal Magnetism went gold in the United States, and the Scorpions immediately went back into the studio to record their next release. Problems arose, however, and the project was postponed because Meine had lost his voice and would have to have surgery on his vocal cords. Many thought Meine had been fired from the band, and rumors spread that metal singer Don Dokken had already replaced him. The Scorpions proved these rumors untrue when Meine returned for the 1982 release Blackout, which contained the cult hit "No One Like You." A major success worldwide, Blackout sold over a million copies in the U.S. alone. But as popular as Blackout was, it was the Scorpions' powerful follow-up, Love at First Sting, that succeeded in making them superstars. Released in 1984, the album boasted the MTV single "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and would eventually achieve double-platinum status. The group undertook one of its most successful world tours yet, boasting an outstanding stage show with high-energy performances.

After releasing World Wide Live in 1985, the band took a long hiatus and remained uninvolved from the music industry for two years. Their tenth studio album, Savage Amusement, was finally released in 1988, and the hit ballad "Rhythm of Love" brought on another major success. In 1990, the album Crazy World was released and would eventually become the Scorpions' biggest-selling record to date, drawing on the strength of the hit ballad "Wind of Change." Not too surprisingly, Crazy World was the last successful Scorpions release in the U.S. By the time their Face the Heat album hit the shelves in 1993, many longtime fans had already lost interest in the band, due to the alternative explosion of the early '90s. Face the Heat did eventually reach gold, and in 1995 the band released another live album, Live Bites. Now with bassist Ralph Rieckermann and drummer James Kottak, they released Pure Instinct in 1996. Mercury Records assembled a double album of the band's greatest hits, Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years, and released it in 1997.

Eye II Eye, an album in which the band experimented with pop-techno melodies, was released in the summer of 1999. Moment of Glory, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and several revamped versions of Scorpions cult classics, was released in fall 2000. Continuing to be productive into the 21st century, the Scorpions released their 15th studio album, Unbreakable, in 2004, followed by the concept album Humanity: Hour 1 in 2007. In 2010 they released Sting in the Tail, and announced they would be retiring after heading out on the road for a farewell tour. The following year, while still on tour, the band released Comeblack, a greatest-hits album of sorts featuring the German rockers re-recording some of their most well-known songs, as well as covers by T. Rex, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. « hide

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Sting in the Tail
2010

3.6
105 Votes
Humanity: Hour I
2007

3.6
104 Votes
Unbreakable
2004

3.3
66 Votes
Moment of Glory
2000

3
39 Votes
Eye II Eye
1999

2
68 Votes
Pure Instinct
1996

2.6
60 Votes
Face the Heat
1993

3.2
75 Votes
Crazy World
1990

3.7
129 Votes
Savage Amusement
1988

3.5
84 Votes
Love At First Sting
1984

4
220 Votes
Blackout
1982

4.1
229 Votes
Animal Magnetism
1980

3.7
118 Votes
Lovedrive
1979

4.1
153 Votes
Taken by Force
1977

4
117 Votes
Virgin Killer
1976

3.9
143 Votes
In Trance
1975

4.2
129 Votes
Fly to the Rainbow
1974

3.9
113 Votes
Lonesome Crow
1972

3.3
83 Votes
Live Albums
MTV Unplugged - Live in Athens
2014

3.7
3 Votes
Live 2011: Get Your Sting & Blackout
2011

3.8
2 Votes
Acoustica
2001

3.3
38 Votes
Live Bites
1995

3.4
14 Votes
World Wide Live
1985

4.2
54 Votes
Tokyo Tapes
1978

4.3
49 Votes
Compilations
Comeblack
2011

3.2
15 Votes
Hot & Slow: Best Masters Of The 70's
2004

3.9
4 Votes
Box Of Scorpions
2004

4.4
5 Votes
Bad For Good: The Very Best of Scorpions
2002

3.3
7 Votes
Scorpions 20th Century Masters
2001

3.9
21 Votes
Best
1999

4
4 Votes
Big City Nights
1998

2.7
7 Votes
Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years
1997

4
1 Votes
Hot & Slow: The Best Of The Ballads
1991

3.7
3 Votes
Still Loving You
1990

3.3
8 Votes
Best of Rockers 'N' Ballads
1989

4.2
32 Votes
Gold Ballads
1984

3.8
7 Votes
Best of Scorpions Vol. 2
1984

4
4 Votes
Hot & Heavy
1982

2.7
6 Votes
Best of Scorpions
1978

3.8
20 Votes

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