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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 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 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 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, and was banned in the United States because of its sexually explicit cover. Still coping with his drug 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 would eventually leave Scorpions a second time after realizing that he was failing to meet their expectations.

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 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. 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 Scorpions' powerful follow-up, Love at First Sting, which 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 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. With bassist Ralph Rieckermann and drummer James Kottak, they released Pure Instinct in 1996. Mercury 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, Scorpions issued their 15th studio album, Unbreakable, in 2004, followed by the concept album Humanity: Hour 1 in 2007. In 2010, the band 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. Nevertheless, the band spent 2013 performing several acoustic concerts for MTV Unplugged, and collecting some of the best performances for a double-live album released later that same year. In early 2015, Scorpions delivered their 18th studio album Return to Forever, a collection of 12 songs written between 2011 and 2014, and put to tape in Sweden with producers Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen. ~ Barry Weber
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Return To Forever

1. Going Out With A Bang

2. We Built This House

3. Rock My Car

4. House Of Cards

5. All For One

6. Rock 'N' Roll Band

7. Catch Your Luck And Play

8. Rollin' Home

9. Hard Rockin' The Place

10. Eye Of The Storm

11. The Scratch

12. Gypsy Life

13. The World We Used To Know

14. Dancing With The Moonlight

15. When The Truth Is A Lie

16. Who We Are

17. Crazy Ride

18. One And One Is Three

19. Delirious

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Track List: MTV Unplugged

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Track List: Comeblack

1. Rhythm Of Love (2011 Version)

2. No One Like You (2011 Version)

3. The Zoo (2011 Version)

4. Rock You Like A Hurricane (2011 Version)

5. Blackout (2011 Version)

6. Wind Of Change (2011 Version)

7. Still Loving You (2011 Version)

8. Tainted Love

9. Children Of The Revolution

10. Across The Universe

11. Tin Soldier

12. All Day And All Of The Night

13. Ruby Tuesday

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Track List: Sting In The Tail

1. Raised On Rock

2. Sting In The Tail

3. Slave Me

4. The Good Die Young

5. No Limit

7. Lorelei

8. Turn You On

9. Sly

10. The Spirit Of Rock

11. The Best Is Yet To Come

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Track List: Humanity Hour I

1. Hour I

2. The Game Of Life

3. We Were Born To Fly

4. The Future Never Dies

5. You're Lovin' Me To Death

6. 321

7. Love Will Keep Us Alive

8. We Will Rise Again

9. Your Last Song

10. Love Is War

11. The Cross

12. Humanity

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Track List: Big City Nights

1. Big City Nights

2. Animal Magnetism

3. Send Me An Angel

4. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Live)

5. Still Loving You (Live)

6. No One Like You (Live)

7. Wind Of Change (Live)

8. Kicks After Six

9. Rhythm Of Love

10. No Pain No Gain

11. Can't Live Without You

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Track List: Crazy World

1. Tease Me Please Me

2. Don't Believe Her

3. To Be With You In Heaven

4. Wind Of Change

5. Restless Nights

6. Lust Or Love

7. Kicks After Six

8. Hit Between The Eyes

9. Money And Fame

10. Crazy World

11. Send Me An Angel

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Track List: Best Of Rockers 'N' Ballads

1. Rock You Like A Hurricane

2. I Can't Explain

3. Still Loving You

4. Big City Nights

5. Love Drive

6. Holiday

7. Blackout

8. Rhythm Of Love

9. No One Like You

10. You Give Me All I Need

11. Hey You

12. The Zoo

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Track List: Savage Amusement

1. Don't Stop At The Top

2. Rhythm Of Love

3. Passion Rules The Game

4. Media Overkill

5. Walking On The Edge

6. We Let It Rock...You Let It Roll

7. Every Minute Every Day

8. Love On The Run

9. Believe In Love

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Track List: World Wide Live (Live)

1. Countdown (Live)

2. Coming Home (Live)

3. Blackout (Live)

4. Bad Boys Rinning Wild (Live)

5. Loving You Sunday Morning (Live)

6. Make It Real (Live)

7. Big City Nights (Live)

8. Coast To Coast (Live)

9. Holiday (Live)

10. Still Loving You (Live)

11. Rock You Like A Hurricane (Live)

12. Can't Live Without You (Live)

13. Another Piece Of Meat (Live)

14. The Zoo (Live)

15. No One Like You (Live)

16. Dynamite (Live)

17. Can't Get Enough (Part l) (Live)

18. Six String Sting (Live)

19. Can't Get Enough (Part ll) (Live)

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Track List: Love At First Sting

1. Bad Boys Running Wild

2. Rock You Like A Hurricane

3. I'm leaving you

4. Coming Home

5. The Same Thrill

6. Big City Nights

7. As Soon As The Good Times Roll

8. Crossfire

9. Still Loving You

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Track List: Blackout

1. Blackout

2. Can't Live Without You

3. No One Like You

4. You Give Me All I Need

5. Now!

6. Dynamite

7. Arizona

8. China White

9. When The Smoke Is Going Down

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Track List: Animal Magnetism

1. Make It Real

2. Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)

3. Hold Me Tight

4. Twentieth Century Man

5. Lady Starlight

6. Falling in Love

7. Only A Man

8. The Zoo

9. Animal Magnetism

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Track List: Lovedrive

1. Loving You Sunday Morning

2. Another Piece Of Meat

3. Always Somewhere

4. Coast To Coast

5. Can't Get Enough

6. Is There Anybody There?

7. Lovedrive

8. Holiday

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Track List: Tokyo Tapes (Live)

1. All Night Long (Live)

2. Pictured Life (Live)

3. Backstage Queen (Live)

4. In Trance (Live)

5. We'll Burn The Sky (Live)

6. Suspender Love (Live)

7. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind (Live)

8. Fly To The Rainbow (Live)

9. He's A Woman, She's A Man (Live)

10. Speedy's Coming (Live)

11. Top Of The Bill (Live)

12. Hound Dog (Live)

13. Long Tall Sally (Live)

14. Steamrock Fever (Live)

15. Dark Lady (Live)

16. Kojo No Tsuki (Live)

17. Robot Man (Live)

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Track List: Virgin Killer

1. Pictured Life

2. Catch Your Train

4. Backstage Queen

5. Virgin Killer

6. Hell-Cat

7. Crying Days

8. Polar Nights

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Track List: In Trance

1. Dark Lady

2. In Trance

3. Life's Like A River

4. Top Of The Bill

5. Living And Dying

6. Robot Man

7. Evening Wind

8. Sun In My Hand

9. Longing For Fire

10. Night Lights

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Track List: Fly To The Rainbow

1. Speedy's Coming

2. They Need A Million

5. This Is My Song

6. Far Away

7. Fly To The Rainbow

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Track List: Lonesome Crow

1. I'm Goin' Mad

2. It All Depends

3. Leave Me

4. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind

5. Inheritance

6. Action

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These boys rock!!!!!!!
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We will see them at Rocklahoma Memorial Day concert:)
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Hit between the eyes is the s**t!
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The kings of ballads
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Rock n roll ,,,kicks a**
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The Germans did something right with this song. Dirty b**tards
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klaus is bald
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I'm Still Loving You....Great song
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Love the Sting of Scorpions
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SaWeet Classic
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Wind of Change....ta k e me into the magic of the moments of the glory night......
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Scorpions are the kings of ballads.
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what do they (scorpions) need to get into the rock and roll hall of fame?
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I love you walter ur babe jill
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love this song GERMANS do it better I should know I'M one too
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U give me all i neex
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STILL LUVING...... U X X X X X X X X X X O O O O O O
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the scorpions at red rocks colorado in the rain circa 1990 with a naked girl dancing behind stage in the rain on the rocks was a top 5 shows in my 70-plus rock and roll concert experiences

i love these guys

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FIRST band I EVER saw @ 15 yrs. OLD!!
WOW...I had my SOCKS Blown OFF!! THEY are scorching HOT!!
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What happened to the lyrics !!
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Nice
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Yeahhhhhhhhh ! ! ! ! !
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Hell ya!!!!!!!!ke e p rocking..... .
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Pandora, please add the album Taken by Force
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I had a women that didn't understand this song...I do I went to prison at 38 got it changed my life..I feel sorry for her.. She never. Experienced life
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:)))
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I'm in love with sunshine
I'm in love with the fallen rain
Everything seems to call your name. . .
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I just wanna be loved by you
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We ahhh tha sco piaaahhhns und we will rock yoooooo!!!!
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Big city nights. This rocker chick here
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This all my life!!
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Love it
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Scorps always rock! Currently I have Animal Magnetism in the car( Along with Black Sabbath 4, Sabotage and Never say die and Mob Rules, Dio's Killing the Dragon and Lock up the Wolves and The Last in Line).. . Get it, crank it and be amazed at the album that was released in 1980.....No wonder I am hard of hearing...lo l
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This song is me and my luv
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love scorpons
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love all there songs ��
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Waiting patiently for loving you Sunday morning...
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Best 2 songs from them still loving u and send me an angel����
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Awesome band
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I was born from the sound of the strings
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AWESOME BAND
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AWESOME BAND
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Das Scorpions rock legends.
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