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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 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. 2013 found the band performing several acoustic concerts for MTV Unplugged, collecting some of the best performances for a double live album released later that same year. In early 2015 the band delivered 18th studio album Return To Forever, a collection of twelve new songs written between 2011 and 2014 and put to tape in Sweden with producers Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen. ~ Barry Weber, Rovi
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After Uli no edge.
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The first 5 Albums and yes I said albums because that is what I bought and still have. The first 5 were the best. All import albums. Tokoyo Tapes best live album. after that they just started playing for the girls.
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I sure will miss the scorps live nothing like it
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Nice
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AWESOMENESS!
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susanavasque z 1 9 8 1
Wind of change
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5 more months damn it!
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News
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The scorpions will never go" outta " style because good things stay good...here' s to you scorps...... . : - )
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def....no one like you
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Can you say despicable see Deutsch!Love the Scrops!
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Scorpions Rock!!!!
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I can't wait for a night with you!!! Scorpions rule
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some of this info is not accurate,..j u s t sayin.Scorps , U F O , , , , h o w e v e r rule.lights out.
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most famous song by the scorpions I love it !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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i love the scorpions my favorite song by them is send me an angel so powerful and i love the album savage amusement
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wind of cange
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Side 1 of Virgin Killer. Enough said!
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I love the scorpions they sound so good live world tour was a great album
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i love this song
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Wind of change
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NO ONE LIKE YOU!!!!!
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Awesome song!!!!!!
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No One Like You, , Classic Scorps. This ones 4 u Brett my friend. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Still Loving You, One of the best rock ballads ever...in my opinion. This song is so deep hits ya hard. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Just so you know...
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Rock You Like A Hurricane, Classic Scorps. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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This band is so awesome they rock out and savage amusement was an amazing album so was blackout!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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LOVE .. WIND OF CHANGE !!
You could feel the WIND OF CHANGE for Germany ... Thank God WE BEAT HITLER and the CHRISTIAN GERMANS CAN WORSHIP GOD ALMIGHTY WORKOUT PERSECUTION !
Evil was slowly being brought to its knees !
God Bless the World !
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There's no one like you spike!
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No One Like You, , Classic Scorps. .Great song. ROCK ON EVERYONE. This ones 4 u Brett my friend.
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World Wide Live,Tour Back In The 80's...Saw The Scorpions Live IN Phoenix Arizona...85 , 0 0 0 Head Bangers Doing Their Thing...Rock e r s Don't Die We Multiply...R o c k N Roll 4Ever! Scorpions Kick A**! Peace From Tuscon, Az...✌
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Scorps ROCK!
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<3
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I love them if I could see them I would never want it to end
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Yeah one of my favorite 80's bands
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You give me all I need scorpions!!!
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Head wrapped in gauze, bandaids, metal forks in my eyes, glass shattering. Screaming, I really had a Blackout.
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Hell yeah the scorps love this song the zoo
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Have loved this band since "Speedy's coming"!!! They can do a wide range from all out heavy metal to the best rock ballads. We all can relate to "Still lovin' you" about the one that got away.
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They're the best ever, come on Brooklyn, New York, it will make history.
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They are the best . Loose the caps
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What adjective best describes these Germans... AMAZING
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I would keel over just to see them omg they are amazing
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Best. Album. Cover. Ever.
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Can't argue with the SCORPS!
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What was my musical life before this band? How did I not listen to them sooner?
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I know a chick that digs this band and loves this song! I wish I could just remember her name. Is it Gina? Dena? Nina? Oh I'm sure it'll come to me:)
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No One Like You a classic Scorps jam.. great in Concert. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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