Origin: Sarstedt, Germany  
Genres: 70's Metal, Traditional Metal
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Scorpions

One of Germany's oldest and most well-known metal bands, Scorpions didn't really achieve worldwide fame until their second decade of existence, with songs like "Rock You Like A Hurricane" catapulting them into the spotlight. Actually they are probably the oldest metal band period, having been formed way back in 1964 (!) by guitarist Rudy Schenker, and he along with vocalist Klaus Meine are the sole remaining original members from their first release, 1972's Lonesome Crow. While albums such as Animal Magnetism, Blackout, and Love At First Sting represent the familiar mainstream Scorpions sound, their work in the 70's was a bit different, with then-guitarist Ulrich Roth's overt Hendrix stylings giving the band a different feel. The BNR pick for their best album would be Lovedrive, featuring a brief return from UFO guitarist (and brother of Rudy) Michael Schenker -- it signalled the end of the Roth era, and the beginnings of their more radio-friendly period, but it stands as their most metallic album. Typical of bands who last this long, Scorpions' later studio albums haven't had the same impact as their classic works, but the band is still a great live draw and who knows how much longer they'll be around. They had declared that they'd retire after a tour following 2010's Sting In The Tail, but five years later they released another album and are still in action.

Current Members

Klaus Meine

vocals

Matthias Jabs

guitars

Rudolf Schenker

guitars

Pawel Maciwoda

bass

Mikkey Dee (Michael Delaouglou)

drums (guest for Helloween, ex-King Diamond, ex-Motorhead)

Former Members/Guests

Michael Schenker

guitars (Michael Schenker Group, ex-UFO)

Ulrich Roth

guitars

Lothar Heinburg

bass

Francis Buchholz

bass (Michael Schenker Group)

Ralph Rieckermann

bass

Ken Taylor

bass

Wolfgang Dziony

drums

Jurgen Rosenthal

drums

Rudy Lenners

drums

Herman Rarebell

drums (Michael Schenker Group)

Curt Cress

drums (ex-Lucifer's Friend)

James Kottak

drums (ex-Michael Schenker Group)



Discography



Lonesome Crow  
1972 RCA
  1. I'm Going Mad
  2. It All Depends
  3. Leave Me
  4. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
  5. Inheritance
  6. Action
  7. Lonesome Crow
  • Klaus Meine
  • Michael Schenker
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Lothar Heinburg
  • Wolfgang Dziony



Fly To The Rainbow  
1974 RCA
  1. Speedy's Coming
  2. They Need A Million
  3. Drifting Sun
  4. Fly People Fly
  5. This Is My Song
  6. Far Away
  7. Fly To The Rainbow
  • Klaus Meine
  • Ulrich Roth
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Jurgen Rosenthal



In Trance  
1975 RCA
  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. Lights
  • Klaus Meine
  • Ulrich Roth
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Rudy Lenners



Virgin Killer  
1976 RCA
  1. Hell - Cat
  2. Crying Days
  3. Polar Nights
  4. Yellow Raven
  5. Backstage Queen
  6. Pictured Life
  7. Catch Your Train
  8. In Your Park
  9. Virgin Killer
  • Klaus Meine
  • Ulrich Roth
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Rudy Lenners




Taken By Force  
1977 RCA
  1. Steamrock Fever
  2. We'll Burn The Sky
  3. I've Got To Be Free
  4. The Riot Of Your Time
  5. The Sails Of Charon
  6. Your Light
  7. He's A Woman, She's A Man
  8. Born To Touch Your Feelings
  • Klaus Meine
  • Ulrich Roth
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell




The Best Of The Scorpions  COMPILATION
1978



Tokyo Tapes  LIVE
1978 RCA
  1. All Night Long
  2. Pictured Life
  3. Backstage Queen
  4. Polar Nights
  5. In Trance
  6. We'll Burn The Sky
  7. Suspender Love
  8. In Search Of The Peace Of Mind
  9. Fly To The Rainbow
  10. He's A Woman, She's A Man
  11. Speedy's Coming
  12. Top Of The Bill
  13. Hound Dog
  14. Long Tall Sally
  15. Steamrock Fever
  16. Dark Lady
  17. Kojo Notsuki
  18. Robot Man
  • Klaus Meine
  • Ulrich Roth
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell



Lovedrive  
1979 Polydor
  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
  • Klaus Meine
  • Michael Schenker
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell
1979 Readers' Album #8





Animal Magnetism  
1980 Polydor
  1. Make It Real
  2. Don't Make No Promises
  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
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell
1980 Readers' Album #10




Blackout  
1982 Polydor
  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
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell
1982 Readers' Album #3




Love At First Sting  
1984 Polydor
  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 Timed Roll
  8. Crossfire
  9. Still Loving You
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell



World Wide Live  LIVE
1985 Polydor
  1. Countdown
  2. Coming Home
  3. Blackout
  4. Bad Boys Running Wild
  5. Loving You Sunday Morning
  6. Make It Real
  7. Big City Nights
  8. Coast To Coast
  9. Holiday
  10. Still Loving You
  11. Rock You Like A Hurricane
  12. Can't Live Without You
  13. Another Piece Of Meat
  14. The Zoo
  15. No One Like You
  16. Dynamite
  17. Can't Get Enough (part 1)
  18. Six String Sing
  19. Can't Get Enough (part 2)
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell



Best  COMPILATION
1985



Savage Amusement  
1988 Polydor
  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
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell



Gold Ballads  COMPILATION
1988 EMI



Best Of Rockers 'n' Ballads  COMPILATION
1989 EMI



Hurricane Rock  COMPILATION
1990



Crazy World  
1990 Polydor
  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 Of Love
  7. Kicks After Six
  8. Hit Between The Eyes
  9. Money And Fame
  10. Crazy World
  11. Send Me An Angel
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Francis Buchholz
  • Herman Rarebell



Best Of Scorpions Vol. 2  COMPILATION
1991



Hot & Slow  COMPILATION
1991



Still Loving You  COMPILATION
1992



Hot & Heavy  COMPILATION
1993 RCA



Face The Heat  
1993 Polydor
  1. Alien Nation
  2. No Pain No Gain
  3. Someone To Touch
  4. Under The Same Sun
  5. Unholly Alliance
  6. Woman
  7. Hate To Be Nice
  8. Texman Woman
  9. Ship Of Fools
  10. Nightmare Avenue
  11. Lonely Nights
  12. Latest Flame
  13. Destiny
  14. Daddy's Girl
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ralph Rieckermann
  • Herman Rarebell



Live Bites  LIVE
1995 Polydor
  1. Tease Me Please Me
  2. Is There Anybody There
  3. Rhythm Of Love
  4. In Trance
  5. No Pain No Gain
  6. When The Smoke Is Going Down
  7. Ave Maria No Morro
  8. Living For Tomorrow
  9. Concerto In V
  10. Alien Nation
  11. Hit Between The Eyes
  12. Crazy World
  13. Wind Of Change
  14. Heroes Don't Cry
  15. White Dove
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ralph Rieckermann
  • Herman Rarebell



Born To Touch Your Feelings  COMPILATION
1995



Pure Instinct  
1996 Atlantic
  1. Wild Child
  2. But The Best For You
  3. Does Anyone Know
  4. Stone In My Shoe
  5. Soul Behind The Face
  6. Oh Girl (I Wanna Be With You)
  7. When You Came Into My Life
  8. Where The River Flows
  9. Time Will Call your Name
  10. You And I
  11. Are You The One?
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ralph Rieckermann
  • Curt Cress



Eye To Eye  
1999 Koch
  1. Mysterious
  2. To Be No. 1
  3. Obsession
  4. 10 Light Years Away
  5. Mind Like A Tree
  6. Eye To Eye
  7. What U Give U Get Back
  8. Skywriter
  9. Yellow Butterfly
  10. Freshly Squeezed
  11. Priscilla
  12. Du Bist So Schmutzig
  13. Aleyah
  14. A Moment In a Milion Years
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ralph Rieckermann
  • James Kottak



Moment Of Glory  
2000
  1. Hurricane 2000
  2. Moment Of Glory
  3. Send Me An Angel
  4. Wind Of Change
  5. Crossfire
  6. Deadly Sting Suite
  7. Here In My Heart
  8. Still Loving You
  9. Big City Nights
  10. Lady Starlight
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ken Taylor
  • James Kottak



Acoustica  VIDEO
2001



Moment Of Glory Live  VIDEO
2001



Acoustica  LIVE
2001 WEA
  1. The Zoo
  2. Always Somewhere
  3. Life Is Too Short
  4. Holiday
  5. You & I
  6. When Love Kills Love
  7. Dust In The Wind
  8. Send Me An Angel
  9. Catch Your Train
  10. I Wanted To Cry
  11. Wind of Change
  12. Love Of My Life
  13. Drive
  14. Still Loving You
  15. Hurricane 2001
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Ralph Rieckermann
  • James Kottak



A Savage Crazy World  VIDEO
2002



Unbreakable  
2004
  1. New Generation
  2. Love 'Em Or Leave 'Em
  3. Deep And Dark
  4. Borderline
  5. Blood Too Hot
  6. Maybe I, Maybe You
  7. Someday Is Now
  8. My City, My Town
  9. Through My Eyes
  10. Can You Feel It
  11. This Time
  12. She Said
  13. Remember The Good Times
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Pawel Maciwoda
  • James Kottak
2004 Readers' Album #59




Unbreakable World Tour 2004  VIDEO
2004



Humanity - Hour 1  
2007 BMG
  1. Hour 1
  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
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Pawel Maciwoda
  • James Kottak
2007 Readers' Album #45




Live At Wacken Open Air 2006  VIDEO
2007



Taken B-Side  COMPILATION
2009



Sting In The Tail  
2010
  1. Raised On Rock ()
  2. Sting In The Tail ()
  3. Slave Me ()
  4. The Good Die Young (feat. Tarja Turunen) ()
  5. No Limit ()
  6. Rock Zone ()
  7. Lorelei ()
  8. Turn You On ()
  9. Let's Rock ()
  10. SLY ()
  11. Spirit Of Rock ()
  12. The Best Is Yet To Come ()
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Pawel Maciwoda
  • James Kottak
2010 Readers' Album #39




Comeblack  
2011 Sony
  1. Rhythm Of Love
  2. No One Like You
  3. The Zoo
  4. Rock You Like A Hurricane
  5. Blackout
  6. Still Loving You
  7. Wind Of Change
  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
2011 Readers' Album #71




MTV Unplugged - Live In Athens  LIVE
2013 EMI
  1. Sting in the Tail
  2. Can't Live Without You
  3. Pictured Life
  4. Speedy's Coming
  5. Born to Touch Your Feelings
  6. The Best Is yet to Come
  7. Dancing with the Moonlight
  8. In Trance
  9. When You Came into My Life
  10. Delicate Dance (Matthias solo)
  11. Love Is the Answer (Rudolf solo)
  12. Follow Your Heart (Klaus solo)
  13. Send Me an Angel
  14. Where the River Flows
  15. Passion Rules the Game
  16. Rock You like a Hurricane
  17. Hit Between the Eyes
  18. Drum-Athenica
  19. Rock 'n' Roll Band
  20. Blackout
  21. Still Loving You
  22. Big City Nights
  23. Wind of Change
  24. No One like You
  25. When the Smoke Is Going Down
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Pawel Maciwoda
  • James Kottak
2013 Readers' Album #71




Return To Forever  
2015 Columbia
  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 (bonus deluxe edition)
  14. Dancing With The Moonlight (bonus deluxe edition)
  15. When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus deluxe edition)
  16. Who We Are (bonus deluxe edition)
  17. Delirious (bonus iTunes)
  • Klaus Meine
  • Matthias Jabs
  • Rudolf Schenker
  • Pawel Maciwoda
  • James Kottak
2015 Readers' Album #30




Born To Touch Your Feelings  COMPILATION
2017




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