I want to tell you about a famous rock band, that influenced a lot on the development of music in the XX century – Scorpions.
Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 by Rudolf Schenker, the band’s rhythm guitarist. Since the band’s inception, their musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.
Lyrical themes of Scorpions’ songs are Life, Society, Love, Inner Struggles, Rock.
At first, the band was school-kind and had beat influences and Schenker himself did the vocals. It is considered that the band was called Nameless and then being under impression of a popular film Attack of the Scorpions Rudolf renamed it. Things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker’s younger brother Michael, who was 15 at that time, and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band.
The band had some problems and even broke up in 1973, its line-up changed several times. Scorpions’ first album was Lonesome Crow in 1972. The first songs were long and dark and weren’t similar to well known typical Scorpions songs. The band worked out their own recognizable style, that first appeared in their album In Trance.
Scorpions got the world fame in 1974-1978 by such albums as Taken by Force, Tokyo Tapes, Fly to the Rainbow.
Scorpions were among the first Western bands to play in the USSR — they famously played at the Moscow peace festival in 1989 along with Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Gorky Park, Bon Jovi and Cinderella, but had also played several dates in Leningrad the year before.
During the period from 1992 till nowadays Scorpions had made several world tours. Among them are such famous tours as Acoustics and artistic collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic.
The song Rock You Like a Hurricane is №18 in list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Song.
The band is one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, which sold 75 million records worldwide.
One of the greatest Scorpions songs Wind of Change was written by Klaus Meine, who was under a strong impression after visiting Moscow. This song is dedicated to restructuring in the USSR and the end of the Cold war. The song contains a reference to the Russian folk instrument the balalaika, Moscow and Gorky Park. In 1991 Scorpions performed this song to Mikhail Gorbachev.
The song topped the charts in Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, the USA and Australia.