If Hannover’s Scorpions had only recorded ‘Wind Of Change’, they’d still be guaranteed musical immortality after it became synonymous with the fall of the Eastern Bloc. In actual fact, by its 1990 release the band had existed for quarter of a century, with Rudolf Schenker founding its original line up in 1965.
It was 1975, however, when In Trance helped establish their hard rock following, and by 1980 they’d cracked America with Animal Magnetism (after previous LP, Lovedrive, was banned in the country for its cover). Despite vocalist Klaus Meine suffering serious throat problems, 1982’s Blackout was even more successful, going gold in the US, and 1984’s Love At First Sting – propelled by the global smash “Rock You Like A Hurricane” – went double platinum in America, turning them into superstars. 1990’s Crazy World spawned “Wind Of Change”, clearly inspired by experiences playing in the Soviet Union, and though their popularity subsided in some territories in the wake of the early ‘90s alt-rock explosion, Scorpions continued touring and recording successfully, constantly surprising their fans: Moment Of Glory featured the Berlin Philarmonic, while Acoustica was, obviously, acoustic. They say, however, that their 2010 album, Sting In The Tail, will be their last.