Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
The line-up for the band on this album was Klaus Meine (lead vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitar and backing vocals), Rudolf Schenker (guitar and backing vocals), Francis Buchholz (bass and backing vocals) and Herman Rarebell (drums and backing vocals).
Side one begins with "Bad Boys Running Wild", the B-side to the third single. This rocker is about guys out on the streets, looking for a good time.
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" was the album's first single. It went to number 78 in the UK, number 37 in Canada, number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 17 in France and number 5 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. I was a huge fan of this song long before we started going to the Carolina Hurricane hockey games; used as a theme song, it is played before every game to pump up the crowd. The driving beat, strong and pronounced, gets my heart thumping along in time. Back in college in 1984, this was a campus party favorite too.
"I'm Leaving You" keeps the party going with another percussion-driven mid-tempo tune.
"Coming Home" was the B-side to the first single. Things start out like a ballad, soft and slow, for the first verse. The band then does a one-eighty degree turn, tearing into a rapid-fire, guitar-shredding rhythm.
"The Same Thrill" does not let up either, firing on all cylinders from start to finish.
Side two opens with "Big City Nights", the album's third single; it went to number 76 in the UK. I remember this one, mostly from the chorus; it got a good bit of radio airplay back in the day as well.
"As Soon as the Good Times Roll" is up next. It is easily my least favorite track of the nine here.
"Crossfire" features a march-like drumbeat through out.
The closing track "Still Loving You" was also second single. It went to number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 36 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, number 14 in Germany, number 5 in the Netherlands, number 3 in Belgium and Switzerland, number 2 in France and number 1 in Portugal. The album cut is six and a half minutes long, giving the band plenty of room to unfurl this aching heart ballad.
Back in the day, the album's singles were all over the local album-rock stations. It has been quite a long time since I have heard most of the songs from Love at First Sting though. While a good album, there is a lot of sameness to on the tracks, for me. A little more variety would have helped the record get better marks in my book.
For their eighth studio album, 1982's Blackout, click here.