Scorpions: Love at First Sting [1984]

Released March 27, 1984
Recorded 1983–1984, Dierks Studio, Stommeln-Cologne, Germany
Genre Heavy metalhard rock
Length 40:55
Label EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Love at First Sting is the ninth studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions, It was released on March 27, 1984 (see 1984 in music). Love at First Sting became the most successful album of the band in the USA where it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1984 and went triple platinum. The song “Rock You Like a Hurricane” reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the same year, “Still Loving You” reached number 64 on the same chart, number 14 in Germany, number 2 in the French and Swiss Top 50. This album is notable in that it was one of the first digitally recorded heavy metal albums ever released.

Cover art

The original cover art created by Helmut Newton[2] features a man and a partially nude woman locked in an embrace, with the man giving the woman a tattoo on her thigh. Despite the record company having shown the original cover art to retailers without any concerns, a complaint by Wal-Mart after the album was released resulted in PolyGram Records issuing a “clean” cover for use in several department store chains. The alternative cover was designed to be less controversial by simply showing a photo of the band members, which was the same photo on the inner sleeve. The album was recorded in 1983 and 1984 at Dierks Studios near Cologne Germany.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Klaus Meine except where noted, all music composed by Rudolf Schenker.

Side One
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. “Bad Boys Running Wild” Meine, Herman Rarebell 3:56
2. Rock You Like a Hurricane Meine, Rarebell 4:12
3. “I’m Leaving You” 4:17
4. “Coming Home” 4:59
5. “The Same Thrill” 3:31
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. Big City Nights 4:09
2. “As Soon as the Good Times Roll” 5:03
3. “Crossfire” 4:36
4. Still Loving You 6:31

Listening

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Lyrics

1. Bad Boys Running Wild

2. Rock You Like A Hurricane

3. I’m Leaving You

4. Coming Home

5. The Same Thrill

I remember when my teacher said:
“How you wanna make your life?”
I said: “I can play guitar
And it will be alright.”

When I came out of school
They said: “Which way you wanna go?”
But there was no way strong enough
Compared with rock’n roll
To get the same thrill

Anyhow I’ve found a job
They tried to break me with their rules
But they had no chance at all
‘Cause I knew what to do
To get the same thrill like rock’n roll

I had a feeling the couldn’t buy
Still got that feeling still can’t buy
They still can’t buy
They still can’t buy

Tell me the alternative
To what I’m doing, but I guess
There’s no other way of life
Which is strong like this
To get the same thrill like rock’n roll

6. Big City Nights

When the daylight is falling down into the night
And the sharks try to cut a big piece out of life
It feels aright to go out to catch an outrageous thrill
But it’s more like spinning wheels of fortune
Which never stand still

Big city, big city nights
You keep me burning
Big city, big city nights

When the sunlight is rising up in my eyes
And the long night has left me back atsomebody’s side
It feels alright for a long sweet minute like hours before
But it’s more like looking out for something
I can’t find anyone

Big city, big city nights
You keep me burning
Big city, big city nights
Always yearning

There is no dream
That you can’t make true,
if you’re looking for love
But there’s no girl
Who’s burning burning the ice away my heart
Maybe tonight!

Big city, big city nights
You keep me burning
Big city, big city nights
Always yearning
Big city, big city nights
You keep me burning
Big city, big city nights
Always yearning

7. As Soon As the Good Times Roll

If you feel real sad sometimes
Caught in bad vibrations
And it seems you’ve lost your drive
And your destination
If you feel that life’s passing by, passing by
Catch the train of better times
Rock tonight

Hard times go
As soon as the good times roll

If you feel that all your life
Is packed with complications
And almost everything you try
Ends up in new frustrations
If you feel that life’s passing by, passing by
Catch the train of better times
Rock tonight

Hard times go
As soon as the good times roll
Hard times go
As soon as the good times roll

8. Crossfire

It seems to me a nightmare becomes reality
The last days of the paradise are gone for you and me
We’re living in the crossfire
And we’ll be killed at first
Why cannot people that we made the leaders of the world
Understand that we don’t wanna fight
Understand that we are much too young to die
Understand no one will survive
Under that we love our life

Can I trust the meaning of the life line in my hand
Which is as long as exciting hundred years
I could be a lucky man
But I’m living in the crossfire
Of a time that starts to burn
Why cannot people that we made the leaders of the world
Understand that we don’t wanna fight
Understand that we are much too young to die
Understand no one will survive
Under that we love our life

9. Still Loving You

Time, it needs time
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can bring back your love someday
I will be there, I will be there

I’ll fight, babe, I’ll fight
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can break down the wall someday
I will be there, I will be there

If we’d go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Your pride has built a wall, so strong
That I can’t get through
Is there really no chance
To start once again
I’m loving you

Try, try babe
To trust in my love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, our love
I will be there, I will be there

If we’d go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Yes, I’ve hurt your pride, and I know
What you’ve been through
You should give me a chance
This can’t be the end
I’m still loving you
I’m still loving you, I need your love

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