We're ready to rock, we're ready to roll
Stand up and shout
Are you ready? Are you ready?...
Come on and get it!"
The wolf is hungry, he runs the show
He's licking his lips, he's ready to win
On the hunt tonight, for love at first sting
Here I am..."
Members (current formation):
- Klaus Meine: vocalist
- Matthias Jabs: lead guitarist
- Rudolf Schenker: rhythm guitarist
- Was also the vocalist before Meine joined.
- Paweł Mąciwoda: bass (joined 2003)
- James Kottak: drums (joined 1996)
Past members include:
- Michael Schenker: lead guitarist (1969-1973)
- He also recorded three tracks in Lovedrive after leaving UFO, then assembled Michael Schenker Group.
- Uli Jon Roth: lead guitarist (1973-1978)
- Lothar Heimberg: bassist (1965-1973)
- Francis Buchholz: bassist (1973-1992)
- Ralph Rieckermann: bassist (1993-2003)
- Wolfgang Dziony: drummer (1965-1973)
- Jurgen Rosenthal: drummer (1973-1975)
- Rudy Lenners: drummer (1975-1977)
- Herman Rarebell: drummer (1977-1995)
- Lonesome Crow (1972)
- Fly to the Rainbow (1974)
- In Trance (1975)
- Virgin Killer (1976)
- Taken By Force (1978)
- Tokyo Tapes (1978)
- First live album (and a double album, at that).
- Lovedrive (1979)
- Animal Magnetism (1980)
- Blackout (1982)
- Love at First Sting (1984)
- World Wide Live (1985)
- Again, double live.
- Savage Amusement (1988)
- Crazy World (1990)
- Face the Heat (1993)
- Pure Instinct (1996)
- Eye II Eye (1999)
- Moment of Glory (2000)
- Past songs rearranged with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Acoustica (2001)
- Live album from an unplugged concert in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Unbreakable (2004)
- Humanity: Hour I (2007)
- Their first (and, as far as it goes, only) concept album.
- Sting in the Tail (2010)
- The final studio album(or so they say)
- Comeblack (2011)
- Re-recordings of older songs, plus a few covers.
- MTV Unplugged: Live in Athens (2013)
- Return to Forever (2015)
"Here I am, trope you like a hurricane!":
- Album Title Drop: As seen by the quote above, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" in Love at First Sting.
- And the Adventure Continues: "The Best is Yet to Come", closing track of their (presumably) final album, Sting in the Tail. Ended up averted when it turned out not to be their final album.
- On a side note, this song was an outtake from Unbreakable that didn't make the cut.
- Big Applesauce: "The Zoo" mentions 42nd Street.
- Big Brother Mentor: Somewhat. While it's not known if Rudolf taught Michael to play guitar or not, it is a fact that Michael became interested and started playing with his big bro after he (Rudolf) bought a guitar.
- Michael has stated in interviews that he learned guitar when Rudolf would pay him to learn songs from records and teach him to play them, because Rudolf was too interested in girls and soccer to bother with it on his own.
- Classical Mythology: a Shout-Out in "The Sails of Charon".
- Contemptible Cover: A few, most notably Virgin Killer.
- Cool Old Guy: Can you believe Rudolf's over his 60's?
- Klaus counts too: he's the same age and still can sing and wail like that. Wow.
- Cover Version: Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" and Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" in Tokyo Tapes, The Who's "I Can't Explain" for a collection album in the late 80s, Queen's "Love of My Life", The Cars' "Drive" and Kansas' "Dust in the Wind", the latter three from Acoustica, as well as half of Comeblack.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: "He's a Woman, She's a Man", from Taken by Force.
- Epic Rocking: Many long tracks on their first two albums, especially "Lonesome Crow" and "In Search of the Peace of Mind". The live versions of "We'll Burn the Sky" and "Fly to the Rainbow" are around ten minutes apiece. "China White", from Blackout. Taken by Force ends with the 8-minute ballad "Born to Touch Your Feelings".
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: Humanity has about three translations of the word "goodbye" - in German, French, and Spanish.
- Gratuitous Japanese: "Kami o Shinjiru" (lit. "Believe in God"), bonus track in Face the Heat - appropriately enough, in the Japanese edition only. Understandable, given the huge fanbase they have there.
- Note that the song is in English (except for the Title Only Chorus), unlike the aforementioned "Koujou no Tsuki", which is a Japanese song.
- Grief Song: Roth took carrying on in Jimi Hendrix's tradition so seriously that he hooked up with Hendrix's ex-girlfriend Monika Dannemann. Danneman contributed the lyrics to "We'll Burn the Sky", which are a lament for a deceased love.
- Heavy Meta: "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "We Let It Rock... You Let It Roll", "Raised on Rock", "Can't Live Without You"
- "Speedy's Coming" and "Steamrock Fever", from their earlier years.
- Heroic BSOD: "Heroes Don't Cry", from their Live Bites album, is about going through one.
- Intercourse with You: Many songs, like "Loving You Sunday Morning" and "Rhythm of Love". Mostly the lyrics aren't really explicit, but you can't help thinking about intercoursing to these songs.
- So much that, in fact, "Still Loving You" sparked a baby boom in France in the mid-80s!
- Large Ham: Klaus Meine.
- Last Note Nightmare / Careful With That Axe: "Blackout". Klaus screaming. Shattering glass.
- Lolicon: The original cover of Virgin Killer featured a naked pre-teen girl. Naturally, some people weren't pleased with this, so they had to change the cover.
- Long Runners: They've been around since 1965, and only now considered stopping. Note, "considered", doesn't mean they actually did.
- Metal Scream: Klaus Meine. So much, in fact, that the Blackout sessions were halted due to him busting his vocal chords and having to undergo surgery. When he came back, the results were simply awesome.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Varies from 4 to 7 depending on the song (albums average at around 6):
- 4: "When the Smoke is Going Down", "Always Somewhere", "Lady Starlight"
- 5: "Still Loving You", Wind of Change", "Holiday"
- 6: "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "No One Like You"
- 7: "Now!", "Dynamite" (the latter dipping into 8)
- "Virgin Killer" should rate around an 8, possibly also "Animal Magnetism" and "The Sails of Charon"
- 8: Most of "Face The Heat" especially "Alien Nation"
- Music At Sporting Events: "Rock You Like a Hurricane", particularly for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
- A professional hockey team in their hometown Hannover even named themselves after the band.
- New Sound Album: Eye II Eye. Possibly, it tanked simply because of this.
- Nice Hat: Klaus' trademark backwards beret, and Matthias' cap.
- Parental Incest: "Daddy's Girl", which is unrelentingly bleak for a simple three-minute song.
- Power Ballad: "Still Loving You", "No One Like You", "Holiday", "When the Smoke is Going Down", "Wind of Change", "Send Me An Angel"...
- Protest Song: Much in the same vein of U2, we have "Wind of Change", "Under the Same Sun", "China White" and "Living For Tomorrow". The latter may count as the most triumphant example - it's a plea for unity and laying down arms, played live in Leningrad at the end of the Cold War.
- Rearrange the Song: What Moment of Glory was all about.
- Revolving Door Band: Lineup didn't stabilize until 1979.
- Rockstar Song: "Can't Live Without You". "Always Somewhere" provides another take, in which living on the road keeps the musician apart from his loved one.
- Sex Drugs And Rock N Roll: Well, minus the drugs. Very well illustrated in "Now!".
- Spell My Name with a "The": Averted. The name's Scorpions only - no "The" in front.
- Strictly Formula: Unbreakable, in reaction to the bad reception its studio predecessor got.
- Those Wacky Nazis: "Unholy Alliance", from Face The Heat, is a criticism of Neo-Nazi parties in the modern world
- War Is Hell: "Under The Same Sun".
- What Did I Do Last Night?: "Blackout" (the song):I realize I missed a day
But I'm too wrecked to care anyway
I look around and see this face
What the hell, have I lost my taste?
Don't want to find out
Just want to cut out
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: "Kami o Shinjiru" (also available with a French chorus as "Destin") is all about this.