Scorpions 'Love at First Sting' 40th Anniversary

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  • Nickdfresh
    SUPER MODERATOR

    • Oct 2004
    • 49245

    Scorpions 'Love at First Sting' 40th Anniversary

    Unlike some other fucking bands we all know and love, The Scorpions are releasing live vintage ProShot concert vids to celebrate their anniversary. Oh look! A band that respects and cherishes their long time fans! More to follow:

  • Mushroom
    Commando
    • Jul 2009
    • 1127

    #2
    At the risk of sounding gay, and I don’t care: i love this fucking band. Their remastered series from years ago exemplify proper remastered and expanded editions.

    This other fucking band we all know and love might be holding out for the 50th!

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    • Kristy
      DIAMOND STATUS
      • Aug 2004
      • 16353

      #3
      Ghey.

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      • Nickdfresh
        SUPER MODERATOR

        • Oct 2004
        • 49245

        #4
        Second, Tokyo 1984:

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        • Terry
          TOASTMASTER GENERAL
          • Jan 2004
          • 11976

          #5
          What I had wanted was a proper dvd release of the World Wide Live vhs home video release from the mid-1980's. I used to have it on vhs, but that tape shit the bed in the 1990's. I got a copy of it as an extra on a dvd bootleg trade in the early 2000's...not a great copy, just burned onto a blank dvd on SP, but at least I had it.

          For awhile various people would throw it up on youtube for free, but it would always get taken down eventually. Then there was the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Live commemorative dvd release in 2015, but I think the dvd wasn't the original home video release from the 1980's and it was only for Region 2 dvd players or whatever.

          Looked on Amazon recently and someone was selling a vintage vhs of it for over $100. Someone else was selling the 2 disc version of it, but it was the European version only. I'll have to look a little more carefully.

          It's a nostalgia thing for me in that the Love At First Sting tour was the only time I saw them (with a pre-Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi opening up for them), and the Love At First Sting album was the last studio album of theirs I liked. I do remember thinking that everything they did from Savage Amusement on wasn't my cup of tea or whatever.
          Last edited by Terry; 03-28-2024, 09:00 PM.
          Scramby eggs and bacon.

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          • Rikk
            DIAMOND STATUS
            • Jan 2004
            • 16518

            #6
            OK...we were talking about this last week...I was asking someone about this.

            If I were to get a 1970s Scorpions album (less poppy, more hard-rock), which album would you think I should start with? (There's just a band I've never gotten into yet.)
            Roth Army Militia

            Originally posted by WARF
            Rikk - The new school of the Roth Army... this dude leads the pack... three words... The Sheep Pen... this dude opened alot of doors for people during this new era... he's the best of the new school.

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            • Terry
              TOASTMASTER GENERAL
              • Jan 2004
              • 11976

              #7
              Lovedrive isn't a bad one to start with.

              The pre-Lovedrive stuff has always been a mixed bag for me, far as the studio albums went, which consisted of a few with Michael Schenker on lead guitar and a couple with Uli Jon Roth on lead guitar. Some good to great guitar playing but not a lot of great songs far as my ears went. SOME great songs here and there, but a lot that were kinda half-realized or more timely than timeless.

              With Lovedrive, I think it was a blend of Michael Schenker and Matthias Jabs on lead guitars depending on the tracks.

              I'd start with Lovedrive, then go get the Tokyo Tapes live album and then start working your way backward with the studio stuff...if only because the Uli Jon Roth albums are a bit better than the first albums with Michael Schenker on them.
              Scramby eggs and bacon.

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              • Von Halen
                ROTH ARMY WEBMASTER

                • Dec 2003
                • 7503

                #8
                Originally posted by Rikk
                OK...we were talking about this last week...I was asking someone about this.

                If I were to get a 1970s Scorpions album (less poppy, more hard-rock), which album would you think I should start with? (There's just a band I've never gotten into yet.)
                Terry gives good advice. I love the Blackout album.

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                • Terry
                  TOASTMASTER GENERAL
                  • Jan 2004
                  • 11976

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Von Halen
                  Terry gives good advice. I love the Blackout album.
                  Blackout is a fine album. Indeed, a fine album.

                  I still think Love At First Sting is a good hard rock album. I know a lot of people point to it as the demarcation point of the band 'selling out' or whatever, but I've always thought it was a strong collection of tunes. Created with more of a sense of commercial appeal than the albums prior to it were? Yes, absolutely. No doubt with Love At First Sting the band were going for a broader audience. But they were doing it on their terms with enough of their own style intact.

                  Plus, when LAFS came out, I was 14 years old and didn't care back then as to if I was 'supposed' to like it or not in comparison with the earlier albums. Here in the US, Scorpions didn't get a ton of airplay until the No One Like You single anyway.
                  Scramby eggs and bacon.

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                  • Rikk
                    DIAMOND STATUS
                    • Jan 2004
                    • 16518

                    #10
                    Thank you, hombres.

                    I'll start with LOVEDRIVE and BLACKOUT.

                    Actually, I will have SOME connection...because I'm a huge Michael Schenker fan since I got into UFO some years ago!

                    (What's the album with the really disgusting album cover? NO...that is NOT the one I'm wanting to start with...I actually think that cover is really awful. I'm just curious.)
                    Roth Army Militia

                    Originally posted by WARF
                    Rikk - The new school of the Roth Army... this dude leads the pack... three words... The Sheep Pen... this dude opened alot of doors for people during this new era... he's the best of the new school.

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                    • FORD
                      ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

                      • Jan 2004
                      • 58872

                      #11
                      Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, and Blackout were Scorpions "peak". Love at First Sting was OK, but it was all downhill from there.
                      Eat Us And Smile

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                      "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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                      • FORD
                        ROTH ARMY MODERATOR

                        • Jan 2004
                        • 58872

                        #12
                        And in this non-related trivia note, here's a single the Scorpions put out under a fake name ("The Hunters") - a cover of Sweet's "Fox On The Run" in their native German.....

                        Eat Us And Smile

                        Cenk For America 2024!!

                        Justice Democrats


                        "If the American people had ever known the truth about what we (the BCE) have done to this nation, we would be chased down in the streets and lynched." - Poppy Bush, 1992

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                        • Terry
                          TOASTMASTER GENERAL
                          • Jan 2004
                          • 11976

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Rikk
                          Thank you, hombres.

                          I'll start with LOVEDRIVE and BLACKOUT.

                          Actually, I will have SOME connection...because I'm a huge Michael Schenker fan since I got into UFO some years ago!

                          (What's the album with the really disgusting album cover? NO...that is NOT the one I'm wanting to start with...I actually think that cover is really awful. I'm just curious.)
                          I think Lovedrive was the best one the band ever did with Michael Schenker.

                          As mentioned, though, any of those three albums (Lovedrive/Animal Magnetism/Blackout) would be good. The thing with Love At First Sting these days is that album was overplayed to the nth degree in the mid 1980's...both on radio and MTV...

                          I think Michael Schenker was a bit better with UFO and later the MSG than he was in terms of the Scorpions stuff he played on.
                          Scramby eggs and bacon.

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                          • Terry
                            TOASTMASTER GENERAL
                            • Jan 2004
                            • 11976

                            #14
                            Originally posted by FORD
                            Lovedrive, Animal Magnetism, and Blackout were Scorpions "peak". Love at First Sting was OK, but it was all downhill from there.
                            It was a pretty big drop-off from Love At First Sting, too.

                            Like, soon as Savage Amusement came out, I could tell the band had gotten soft. Dunno if it was that took the band so long to really break big in the States, that a good chunk of the band were already in their mid-30's when Love At First Sting broke so big commercially...then they did a pretty long tour to support Love At First Sting. By the time the follow-up Savage Amusement came out, half the band had just turned 40 years old...I think they just plain didn't want to work as hard or whatever. Sort of took the foot off the pedal and relaxed because they figured they earned it for finally making it big. But, yeah, post-Love they weren't putting the effort into the tunes, and it showed.
                            Scramby eggs and bacon.

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                            • Mushroom
                              Commando
                              • Jul 2009
                              • 1127

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Rikk
                              Thank you, hombres.

                              (What's the album with the really disgusting album cover? NO...that is NOT the one I'm wanting to start with...I actually think that cover is really awful. I'm just curious.)

                              Maybe the original cover of Virgin Killer with the prepubescent girl? Definitely a record company misstep as it's too close to resembling child porn.

                              Lovedrive • 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition • has a 9.5 minute long version of Holiday, great guitar solos. Coast to Coast is just a damn good instrumental.

                              I dig Animal Magnetism. It might be my favorite record from beginning to end. There's one song, Falling In Love, with a guitar riff intro that sounds like the tail end of VH's Jump (or Van Hagar's On Top of the World), but Scorps do it better!

                              Savage Amusement was their attempt to catch the big hair pop metal wave. It fell flat.

                              Crazy World was sort of a return to Love at First Sting commercialism, and a good record.

                              Face The Heat came out in 1993. One good song. By then, that ship had sailed. Too much new interesting music coming out at the same time.

                              I agree with Terry the pre-Matthias Jabs was spotty. Tokyo Tapes is a good place to start.
                              Last edited by Mushroom; 03-28-2024, 11:40 PM.

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