Scorpions: Lovedrive [1979]

Released February 25, 1979
Recorded September 1978-December 1978
Genre Heavy metalhard rock
Length 36:30
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks

Lovedrive is the sixth studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions, released in 1979. Lovedrive was a major evolution of the band’s sound, which exhibited their “classic style” that would be later developed over their next few albums.Michael Schenker, younger brother of rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker, performed lead guitar on 3 songs. The RIAA certifiedLovedrive as Gold on 28 May 1986 and the album ranked 25 on IGN‘s list of the top 25 metal albums.

Cover art

The cover depicted a man and woman in formalwear seated in the back of a car, with one of the woman’s breasts exposed and connected to the man’s hand by stretched bubblegum. The back cover featured the same man and woman, but holding a photograph of the band and her breasts completely exposed (without the gum). It was created by Storm Thorgerson of the design firm Hipgnosis. It caused some controversy upon the album’s release and was subsequently banned,[2]with later pressings of the album bearing a simple design of a blue scorpion on a black background.[3][4] The album’s artwork was named “Best album sleeve of 1979” by Playboy magazine.[citation needed]

Recalling the cover photo with the girl and the car, Thorgerson remarked: “Not exactly the most politically correct scene you’ve ever seen. I thought it was funny, but women read a different inflection into it now.”[4]

In a 2010 interview, singer Klaus Meine commented on the album cover, stating: “We just did not know it would be a problem in America, it was just sex and rock ‘n’ roll. It is odd that in America that some of these covers were a problem because in the 80’s when we would tour here we always had boobs flashed to us at the front of the stage. Nowhere else in the world, just here. We just did not think it would be a problem to put out a record like Lovedrive in America. Deadly Sting: The Mercury Years was banned at Wal Mart and Pure Instinct was banned as well.”[2]

This is one of the few Scorpions album covers that was initially edited upon release in many places due to its controversial nature, only to have the original uncensored art restored for the remaster series.

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Loving You Sunday Morning” Rudolf SchenkerKlaus MeineHerman Rarebell 5:36
2. “Another Piece of Meat” Schenker, Rarebell 3:30
3. “Always Somewhere” Schenker, Meine 4:56
4. “Coast to Coast” Schenker 4:42
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Can’t Get Enough” Schenker, Meine 2:36
2. “Is There Anybody There?” Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell 3:58
3. “Lovedrive” Schenker, Meine 4:49
4. “Holiday” Schenker, Meine 6:32

Listening

[audio http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/0ba525baa8153810589aa28b7d2f4fbd/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/LovingYouSundayMorning-Scorpions_32zus.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/ebf055d24d7c25815046e6d833a796cb/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/AnotherPieceOfMeat-Scorpions_32zuw.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/23cd8912d3ef7a39ecbe1b1920cec0a2/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui004/AlwaysSomewhere-Scorpions_tc8.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/8a9da38612ad1f561d2482fcf3ecf4b8/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/CoastToCoast-Scorpions_32zuu.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/a26d5e6c8156258d5e22989e7a5b5e33/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/CantGetEnough-Scorpions_32zuv.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/bdcc11cef47d0023f5b1c9ce0c700be3/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/IsThereAnybodyThere-Scorpions_32zut.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/e4383dffe8cdd3f498ededb80340caa1/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui146/Lovedrive-Scorpions_32xme.mp3,http://tmp.mp3.stream.nixcdn.com/80954aba0a87012a3b7779e44f8287a4/4fc46080/NhacCuaTui082/Holiday-Scorpions_g53s.mp3|titles=Loving You Sunday Morning,Another Piece Of Meat,Always Somewhere,Coast To Coast,Can’t Get Enough,Is There Anybody There, Lovedrive,Holiday|animation=no|loop=yes|initialvolume=100|]

Lyrics

1. Loving You Sunday Morning

Working hard to get it on for you
Everyday and night
I give you all I’ve got to give
Take it all
Love I know that you’re feelin’ blue
Lonely deep inside
‘Cause I know how it feels to be alone

Loving you Sunday morning
You were on my mind love everyday
Loving you Sunday morning
Your love makes me fly so far away

People tell me that I’m gonna lose you
Our love will die
So tell me is it true right or wrong
I never ever wanna lose your love
So I will change my life
Believe in me my love
I’m coming home

Loving you Sunday morning
You were on my mind love everyday
Loving you Sunday morning
Your love makes me fly so far away

2. Another Piece of Meat

Met her down at that Tokyo place
Loved her pretty face
I said: “Hey, you’re alright, so alright!”
I was sitting in her car
She told me: “You’re a star and I know you.”

She said: “Take me home.”
I need love so strong
Come on and knock me out, oh!
I’ve been too long alone
I want hot love, you know, and I need it now!”

She said: “Hey, let’s go, don’t put on a show
You’re just another piece, another piece of meat.”
She said: “Hey, let’s go, don’t put on a show
You’re just another piece –
Another piece of meat.”

Next day she took me out
To a rough kick boxing show
Violence really turned her on, oh on
She was screaming for more blood
Loved it more than any drug I couldn’t stand it

I said: “Hey, let’s go, don’t put on a show
You’re just another piece, another piece of meat.”
Said: “Hey, let’s go, don’t put on a show
You’re just another piece –
Another piece of meat.”

3. Always Somewhere

Arrive at seven the place feels good
No time to call you today
Encores kill eleven then Chinese food
Back to the hotel again

I call your number the line ain’t free
I like to tell you come to me
A night without you seems like a lost dream
Love can’t tell you how I feel

Always somewhere
Miss you where I’ve been
I’ll be back to love you again

Another morning another place
The only day off is far away
But every city has seen me in the end
And brings me to you again

Always somewhere
Miss you where I’ve been
I’ll be back to love you again

4. Coast to Coast (instrumental)

5. Can’t Get Enough

That’s the stuff that turns me on
More than gold and money
I need sounds loud and rough
Like the bee the honey my love
I can’t get enough

Move your legs stamp your feet
The language of your body
Is right now all I need
To understand you’re ready for love
I can’t get enough

Burning lips the taste of life
High energy hot feelings
Heavy sounds to feels alright
And Rock ‘n’ Roll for Speed Kings my love
I can’t get enough
We can’t get enough

6. Is There Anybody There

Open my mind let me find new vibrations
Tell me the way I must take to reach me destination
And a place where I can stay
Where is the love of my life couldn’t find her
Show me the way to find back to myself
‘Cause I’m nowhere in the darkness of these days

Is there anybody there who feels that vibration
Who shows me the wat to my love
Is there anybody there with that inclination
To bring back the sun to my heart

I find myself in a state of confusion
Life’s like a pantomine trick or a laser illusion
Where’s a place that I can stay
Save me don’t let me get lose in the ocean
I need your help everyday to control my emotions
In the darkness of these days

Is there anybody there who feels that vibration
Who shows me the wat to my love
Is there anybody there with that inclination
To bring back the sun to my heart

7. Lovedrive

A girl to drive a car to love
The music rocks me down the motorway
My whore’s got wings we’re taking off
And I can’t stop this flight of speed today

It’s a lovedrive on wheels of fire
A lovedrive just one desire love
You drive me crazy babe

It’s a lovedrive on wheels of fire
A lovedrive just one desire love
You drive me crazy babe

The city lights of London town
Are far away my hand is on her wing (on her wing)
I stop the car and she gets down
I’d like to show why Scorpions got a sting

It’s a lovedrive on wheels of fire
A lovedrive just one desire love
Sweet love, you drive me crazy babe

It’s a lovedrive on wheels of fire
A lovedrive just one desire love
Sweet love, you drive me crazy babe

You drive me crazy babe
You drive me crazy babe
You drive me crazy babe
You drive me crazy babe

It’s a lovedrive

8. Holiday

Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Exchange the cold days for the sun
Good times and fun
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Exchange your troubles for some love
Wherever you are
Let me take you far away
You’d like a holiday
Longing for the sun you will come
To the island without name
Longing for the sun be welcome
On the island many miles away from home
Be welcome on the island without name
Longing for the sun you will come

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s