7 Reasons Why Scorpions Still Rock

Here at the Toilet ov Hell, we like to poke fun at Buttzfeed listmania clickbait. But, sometimes we are very passionate about the topics we write about. For months, I’ve wanted an excuse to bombard the blog with Scorpions tunes, and since, sometimes, there are listeners of rock and metal music that overlook them, I compiled these 7 reasons for why Scorpions still rock, with the objective of… Uh… Let’s just blast Scorpions in this fine hour, ok?

7. Best. Ballads. Ever

You may think that whistle melody in “Wind of Change” is cheesy, but you cannot deny the impressive business acumen the band employed to use that song as a token for the end of the Cold War in 1991. It is the best-selling single composed by a German musician and solidified Scorpions as one the best-known bands of Germany. This band has pioneered the ‘power ballad’ for years. Hits like “Still Loving You” and “Holiday” are sweet inductees of their repertoire too.

Now, press play on this video and be mesmerized:

6. They’ve Been on the Road Since 1965

50 years of artistic career, with a consistent and long discography. Scorpions is one of those legendary bands that still tour all over the world with full speed like if they were a bunch of hungry beginners. They have the spirit intact and a somewhat consistent core that understands the musical chemistry between them. Currently, Mathias Jabs and founder Rudolf Schenker have been together since 1979 and remain the duo that launched the successfully commercial part of Scorpions history.

This is a single on their last record, Return to Forever, one of my favorite albums of this year rocking your socks in a Vevo powered attack:

5. Controversial Album Covers

A big part of the Scorpions old albums have weird cover art choices, even with some censorship episodes. What started with the breast-exposing photo of In Trance was later took to another level with the infamous Virgin Killer and the nude child cover that was later changed with a random photograph of the band’s then-line-up. The band alleged it was RCA’s (their label by that time) decision to include the cover teasing a misunderstanding of the title track, which is a song about the loss of innocence in the modern world. Later releases, like Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism and Love at First Sting were part of this trend too.

Curious? Check’em! [Joe Note: Maybe don’t do that at work]

4. Pioneering Guitar Heroes

Scorpions’ guitar work represents one of the cornerstones in melodic European rock and metal styles. Uli Jon Roth is a living legend that expanded the colors of his palette in the Virgin Killer album, in which he even sang on the “Hell-Cat” and “Polar Nights” tracks. After leaving the band, he developed an incredible work of classical music arrangements with the guitar, later increased with his signature Sky Guitar, an electric string instrument with extra-frets that can emulate a violin’s high notes. Michael Schenker, the brother of Rudolf, is one of the first incarnations of the guitar hero archetype with his classy and accurate speed-of-light phrasing. His style distinctly shows another way to use the guitar with a heavy melodic feel. Matthias Jab is another guitar player that helped the band with a more song-centric writing style; and, of course, Rudolf Schenker’s rhythm developed goodness that envelops all the eras of the band with mountains of guitar walls.

In 2006, Wacken was the witness of this incredible show in which their four main guitarists shared some tunes:

Uli Jon Roth:

Michael Schenker:

Mattias, Rudolf, Michael and Uli:

3. Riffs and Melodies

The band started as a more “jam”-oriented project. But, later, they would incorporate different influences that improved and gave a more varied writing. For example, Blackout is considered one of the best albums in their catalog, and it is full of heavier and riff-constructed songs that will rock your head out with their catchy simplicity; the powerful guitar tone zaps bolts of energy with each melody and each solo. But, other records have great hooks, too and you can find gems like “Coast to Coast” on Lovedrive or the precious “We’ll Burn the Sky” on Taken by Force, songs that can develop a very sophisticated composition style. Plenty of incendiary guitar solos have been dropped on the wax, and it’s really worth passing through some songs to realize how much effort the different incarnations of the band put into the songwriting.

2. A Frontmman Named Klaus Meine

This tenor is one of the key pieces of the band. With his malleable vocal range he shouts and pierces through sonic waves with a hard rocking attitude. Yet, still, he can soothe and charm with his mellow voice on the ballads. The entire career of Scorpions is a training ground for his voice, and in the last years of the band he does not seems to stop in his quest. He is a very versatile vocalist that can roughen up or polish his voice with ease, and he helps with the writing of most of the lyrics. During the recording of Blackout, in 1981, he nearly lost his voice, and the band stuck together waiting for his return. He clearly delivered one of his best performances on that record.

1. Their Lasting Influence on Metal

Not only the big names like Metallica, Judas Priest, and Van Halen were influenced by Scorpions, but also the most melodic side of metal was conquered by the charm of these Germans. In their country, they paved the way, proving to audiences and the other bands that Germany was not a grey country. When the band started to gig, the Krautrock movement was en vogue, and hard rock music was mostly absent from the scene. The band got recognition in a genre that had no faith. Their multi-colored albums served as inspiration for numerous bands that ventured into these territories, and their hard-working attitude encouraged the rising metal scene of their country. Bands like Blind Guardian, Therion, Arch Enemy, Darkthrone and many, many more, cite them as an influence; along with plenty of covers by artists like Bruce Dickinson, Testament and Powerwolf.

Do you have another reason to listen to Scorpions? Bring it on in the comment section!

  • I’ll always love Winds of Change

    • tertius_decimus

      The irony is… nothing has changed for better between Western world and Russia of today.

      Scorpions were ahead of their time and too optimistic with this song. King Crimson’s words from Epitaph “the future of mankind I see is in the hands of fools” were truer and more realistic. Sad, but true.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    RIP David Bowie.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Yeah, saw that this morning. RIP, Nathan Adler!


    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Honestly doesn’t feel real that The Thin White Duke is dead.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        That “where the fuck did Monday go?” image you posted a few days ago feels so eerie right now.


      • have you heard this excellent jam?

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Not his best imo, but good.

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          This song really grooves, thanks man

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It’s depressing. Station To Station is one of my favorite albums ever.

      • No, it does not.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Got done jamming the new CD, and loving it! Slow, jazzy and very melancholy. Has a sort of Tom Waits feel to it.

    • Psure on my 45 min commute this morning I heard NPR talk about Bowie 4 times. 4 TIMES. How many times did they talk about Lemmy when he died? ZERO.


      • I’m honestly surprised. Lemmy’s passing was mainstream news on every other outlet.

      • if they weren’t familiar with his body of work, maybe that’s for the better. Bowie seems more NPR’s style of music, if you catch my drift

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        To be fair, Lemmy was more of a cult icon than full blown mainstream celeb. Bowie on the other hand was a much larger and much more famous figure. Talented as fuck in their own rights, but definitely different degrees of fame.

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Just got done listening to the Heroes album. Never checked it out cause I wasn’t a big fan of Low and also lean more towards his earlier stuff, and just assumed it would sound the same as they are part of the “Berlin Trilogy.” I was wrong. It’s fucking awesome. RIP man, really one of the greats.

  • ((((Link!!!))))

    Agree with all points 100%.

    • Link O)))

      I’m here, señor K! <3

      • I’m sorry your honeymoon/vacation is over, but I’m glad you’re back with us!

        • I return with recharged batteries and good vibes. And also more ideas and music to share in the blog 🙂

          • good good good

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross


          • Dude!

            I will not listen new music this year with the mammoth Bandcamp gift you gave to me :O

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Haha! Some of it is just okay. Some of it is kinda bad. Some of it is pretty good though.

  • Dubs

    Dynamite rules! I could do without the rapey cover art, but whatev. Classic band.

    • Blackout is excellent, bro. Love that album, probably my fav of them.

  • I’m fucking back to work.

    Pass me that magic red potion, let’s jam.


  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
    • Some of the best album art ever. He’s got forks in his goddamn eyes.

  • I can also live without the Spinal Tap style cover art.

  • Dubs

    If you ever look at Wacken line-ups, it seems like Scorpions play almost every year.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Well, it is Germany.

      • Dubs

        Indeed. It’s cool to see them embraced that way along with more extreme bands.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Well, they’ve got to be a national treasure, haha.

        • In one of those Metal documetaries of Sam Dunn, he interviewed Blind Guardian and the band said that Scorpions paved the road to all the Germany metal scene because they were the only rock band on the road. It seems the country was busy with krautrock and experimental music, they were the only sucessful straight-forward rock band doing their thing.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I can see that.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            Krautrock >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          Tons of German bands have counted them as influences. Accept, Grave Digger, Blind Guardian, just to name a few off the top of me noggin.

        • Stanley

          Good music is good music.

  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    I really need to listen to more Scorpions music, I’ve been meaning to delve into it, but just haven’t done it yet. You have inspired me Link, thank you.

    • Go with ‘Blackout’ first if you haven’t already, solid classic Metal.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        Will do.

        • Saw Scorpions back in 1988 as part of the Monsters Of Rock tour with Van Hagar, Dokken, and Metallica.

        • Hope you like it, Boss!

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Blackout is awesome! I don’t know why I avoided Scorpions for so long. Thanks for this article, Link. I think I’m really going to enjoy their music more now.

          • You’re welcome, friendo. Check out Lovedrive too if you can.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Will do. I’m going to the record store on Saturday with list in hand.

          • You can also check their newer records, Comeblack and Return to Forever have plenty of hidden gems.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    Virgin Killer is such an awesomely bluesy album. I may like it slightly more than Blackout.

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
  • 8: Great antiwar songs(China White, Winds Of Change)

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Probably won’t come to Fünland

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        What’s a Finland?

        • Sir Tapir The Based


        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          It’s that place where everyone is a Keebler Elf.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            C’mon, elves I can see, but Finland? So not real.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


          • Indeed. I have a meeting to go to now. Downvote.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Enjoy the torture.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man…

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Dubs

      An upvote for you, King Knight.

    • Upvoted for being a good shitty King.

    • Downvoted you son of a bitch.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yes, yes. Feed me your hate.

        • I hope you fucking choke on a pillow feather in your sleep you human fucking parasite. I hope you choke on it so hard and get a real nasty fucking cough that wakes you up in the middle of the night. You’ll be so goddamn awake for the rest of the night that you won’t be able to fall back asleep you dribbling sack of whores cunts. You’ll be so tired when you have to get out of bed to get ready for work. Hahahahaha! Fuck you and fuck your sleep!!!

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Can’t tell if she’s having an orgasm from the guitar or about to take a huge peanuty dump on it.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I cant down vote this. Uli is amazing.

  • Maik Beninton™

    That Virgin Killer album cover… it gives you prison time.


    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Or a deal with Subway, Penn State and TLC.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    “Hey, I guess they’re right senior citizens although slow and dangerous behind the wheel–can still serve a purpose. I’ll be right back, don’t you go dying on me!”


    Never gets old

    • Like myself.

      I’m young as fuck today, I got my tiny beardie got cut and I lost like 5 human years.

  • If you haven’t listened to Scorpions’ debut, do yourself a favor today. Not at all like the rest of their discography.


  • Stanley

    I see what Link has spent his holiday’s doing…practicing his English. I read to the end and was pleasantly surprised to see Link’s name at the bottom. Well done, sir.

    • Thank you very much, Stan!

      • Stanley

        You’re welcome. I spent the last two weeks bumbling around with limited Spanish. I felt so inadequate. I’m so jealous of others that can speak multiple languages.

        • How was the Colombia trip? 😀

          • Stanley

            Very nice, Link. I had an arepa for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes multiple. I never want to see another arepa again. 🙂

          • Jajajajaja, you will be an awful Venezuelan, then. We eat arepa everyday, mostly. Did you liked the Colombian landscapes?

        • Dubs

          No Welsh?

          • Stanley

            Na. Sut ydych chi, Dubs?

          • Dubs

            Pretty good, mate! Thanks for asking.

          • Stanley

            Da iawn.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    The track “Crazy Nights” by 3 Inches of Blood (an original song, NOT a cover of the KISS or Loudness tunes of the same name) always reminds me of the Scorpions. It’s such blatant Scorpions-worship and that’s probably why it’s one of the better songs in their repertoire IMO.


  • Guppusmaximus

    Great List!! m/ m/ But, you NEVER EVER have to provide any reasons or justifications as to why The Scorps rock. They just do. Just like Accept…


    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Accept are my favorite classic German metal band.

  • tertius_decimus

    They’re coming to my town next month, 3 days before my birthday. Never was Scorpion’s fan, however, it seems like the last opportunity to see the legendary band live. The question is: to go or not to go?

    • Dubs

      Go if you can.

    • They don’t move so much anymore because age. But, I would def go if you have the chance. They have killer sets and Klaus is singing great at his age.

  • Waynecro

    Great writing, Link! I never got into the Scorpions, but hearing the band’s music always conjures happy memories of getting blackout drunk in my neighbor’s garage when I was a teen. That neighbor loved the Scorpions and usually blasted their jams while we pounded tequila shots and Budweiser.

  • A.P.

    Scorpions are a band that I grew up listening to and never understood when friends that loved metal like I do didn’t really appreciate them. They’re all such incredible musicians and their work encapsulates so many emotions and feelings, and of course their influence, even by proxy cannot be disputed. Silly format, cool article. Thanks, Link!

    • Wow! Thank you so much. The Scorps really deserve all the praise. Truly pioneers of the different ranges on melodic music and inspirators of both traditional and extreme sounds.