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On A Scorpions Kick Lately

Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

The Scorpions rule. We all know this to be *very* true. However, they tend to be one of the bands that float to the bottom of my playlist. I don't know why - just happens. Anyway, I've been on a pretty big Scorps bender lately and it dawned on me: I must see this band live.

Seriously.

According to Blabbermouth, the Scorpions will tour around the world for 40 dates and then come back to the U.S. for a pretty big run in 2010. Now, they would be just about my first choice to headline any U.S. festival - but especially Rocklahoma or Rock Gone Wild. You know what? I'd put them at Sturgis and Bonnaroo, too. Yeah, that's right: Bonnaroo.

 

My favorite Scorpions tunes are "Winds of Change" and "Rhythm Of Love."


I just bought Scorpions: Gold (Hip-O). It's a two disc set of all the biggest Scorpions songs, enabling me to hear 34 tracks without hunting through my CD case. That's huge.


Here's a clip of "Hurricane 2000"



Do you have a favorite Scorpions tune or story to share?

Reader Comments (12)

Yeah I'm a pretty big Scorpions fan, too...they were one of the first hard rock/metal bands that I got into, along with AC/DC...

My absolute favorite songs from them are;

"I'm Leaving You", "Don't Believe Her", "Big City Night", "Rhythm of Love" and "No One Like You".
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
This is very interesting. The Scorpions are the most famous band coming from my home country. I'm listening to their music for about 30 years now.

Since I grew up with their early music, I have a different view on their career.

I think their music up until "Love At First Sting" is their best work. With "Love At First Sting" they had this huge global success every band is dreaming about.

We all know such a success isn't always good for creativity. In fact the albums got weaker and weaker with every new release. They played it save. Wrote songs for the radio, not for the fans. At least not for the old fans.

In the late 80's they played in the U.S.S.R. and with the fall of the Iron Curtain they got inspired to write "Wind Of Change". I admit I liked this song when it came out. But with the success, the constant airplay and the effect it had on German (high) society I can't stand it anymore.

Suddenly all the people in show biz, sports and politics were Scorpions fans. I bet not a single one of them listened to a Hard Rock or Heavy Metal band before or after. It makes me puke to think about it.

Economically "Wind Of Change" was good for the Scorps, no doubt. But they had to pay a high price for it. They lost the most important thing a band has, they lost their REAL fan base. Loyal fans that stood on their side for decades.

Personally I gave a shit for the Scorps in the 90's and the first half of this decade. But with the last 2 albums they started to write good music again. Music ignored by the media and the VIP's like it was in the past.

When you look at the Wacken set list (Great DVD btw), they even don't play "Wind Of Change" anymore, wich is good because "Holiday" or "Still Loving You" are way better ballads anyway.

Sometimes a step back is a step forward. There is still hope for the most famous band coming from my home country.

Frank

http://www.myspace.com/thespiritofradio
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrank66
It's not a particularly big hit, but "Loving You Sunday Morning" has a hook large enough to catch a shark ...
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry g
Homey likes Tease Me Please Me,Big City Nights, and The Zoo as his favorites,along with their rendition of the Who's "Can't Explain", which literally fucking smokes the original in my humble opinion! Mathias Jabs is a very underrated guitarist....
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGary
the scorpions are awesome live catch them if you get a chance, i love there music but not the early stuff, and the later eye II eye sucked bad but other than that they cant do much wrong
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
have you listed to much of their earlier material, 75-82 specifically? A more diverse/heavier/interesting time for them(imo); they had some catchy tunes in the mid/late 80's, but maybe trying to follow the "hit" too much. Face The Heat and Humanity (hour 1) have some really good tunes too.
April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack
My favorite songs are "Blackout" and "The Zoo."
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
"Animal Magnetism". If it's good enough for Marisa Tomei to strip to... ;)
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom2ross
I have been listening to them a lot lately myself, in fact, just made a mix cd last week of all Scorps! My favorite song would have to be Tease Me, Please me, or Blackout!! Those both rock so hard.
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJody Row
I saw them last year ( from memory ) in LA. They were VERY good. Thank God they did not play Wind of Change.
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
They played here last year....I love then!!!!
Big City Nights and Rock You Like a Hurricane are the best for me!
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucas Serpa
My fave scorps tune hands down is "another Piece Of Meat" from the Lovedrive record. In fact, that whole record is brilliant. I've gotta agree with Frank, their early stuff is far better, and certainly more genuine than their later stuff. "Wind of Change" sounds very very dated today, especially considering how much of a mess Russia still is.
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

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