The Foreign Correspondent – Stories About German Rock Music # 19

A few days ago George from the inspiring Jim McLean’s rabbit has objected that I hadn’t done too much heavy metal. It’s true and therefor I decided to feature on this series today Germany’s best selling hard rock / heavy metal band ever: Scorpions.

Since its inception in 1965 they have played in the meantime 3000-5000 Concerts worldwide. In Germany they are an institution for this kind of musical genre. I think they hit the nerve of the time with this kind of music. Based on heavy guitars from Michael and Rudolf Schenker and added with the voice of Klaus Meine they created their very own style. Lot’s of bands tried to do it their way but didn’t reached their level. In 1973 Michael Schenker left the Scorpions to join to the British hard rock band UFO that was also a very very good band and their story should be told once a day on this blog. Not only their powerful songs made them famous. They also made some good ballads and have coined the term power ballad. In their earlier times they were well known for their record covers. Some of them was banned because of too offensive images.

Even if you don’t be close to this kind of music the Scorpions should be respected for what they did in the last 40 years.

Scorpions – No One Like You
Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane
Scorpions – Still Loving You
Scorpions – The Zoo

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