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Scorpions - Love at First Sting (1984) Retail CD
The Scorpions achieved their greatest success in the UK with their epic 'Wind of Change', inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, but devotees of the band recognise this earlier album as perhaps their finest achievement. Singer Klaus Meine may have a German accent, but Heavy Rock is a universal language which the Scorps (as they are known to their legions of fans) speak fluently. A savage peal of guitars and the album is underway, with Meine offering a timely warning of the danger posed by 'Bad Boys Running Wild'. Faced with this threat, the listener is offered a stark choice: 'if you don't playmore… along with their games... then you'd better get out of the way'. What would YOU do? If you can't decide, Meine's startling cry of 'Get out ze vay!' has the ring of genuine urgency. Next track is the legendary anthem 'Rock You Like a Hurricane'. If Meine's sincerity was ever in question, the listener is left in no doubt by his mid-chorus screech of 'Gonna rock you baby!!' that he is indeed intent on rocking his fortunate lady 'like a hurricane'. The tone set, the album proceeds with classic following classic. I would pick out Meine's moving tribute to the power of rock, 'The Same Thrill', the euphoric 'Big City Nights', and the groundbreaking power ballad 'Coming Home'. Also worthy of mention is the thought-provoking 'Crossfire', in which Meine ponders the dangers of global nuclear proliferation to the inspired backing of military drums. His question, 'Why cannot people that we made the leaders of the world/Understand that we don't wanna fight?' remains as relevant now as it was on the album's release. The LP's totemic status is confirmed by closing track 'Still Loving You', perhaps the ultimate Scorps classic. This heart-shredding rock ballad sees Meine promising to 'try to change/The zings that killed our love' to an understated backdrop of squealing guitar pyrotechnics from the able fingers of Rudi Schenker. Meine's final cry of 'Still loving you babee!!!' confirms beyond doubt that this was a song especially close to his heart - and, after hearing it, I cannot believe that the lady in question refused to take him back. Only the most stony-hearted listener could hear to this track without feeling their eyes begin to water. And so concludes the (brilliantly titled) LP, 'Love at First Sting', an album apt to leave listeners shocked, reeling, unsteady on their feet, and in some cases prone to nausea and vomiting. Such is truly the power of rock and, more specifically, the mighty power of this Scorps classic.
|1||Bad Boys Running Wild|
|2||Rock You Like a Hurricane|
|3||I'm Leaving You|
|6||Big City Nights|
|7||As Soon as the Good Times Roll|
|9||Still Loving You|
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