Love at First Sting

Love at First Sting
Love at First Sting is the ninth studio album by the German rock band Scorpions, released in 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.
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" ranked #31 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs and "Still Loving You" ranked #22 on VH1's 25 Greatest Power Ballads
An alternate cover showing a photo of the band members is used in several department store chains since they refused to carry the original album cover art.


Recording Sessions
The album was recorded in 1983 and 1984 between Stockholm, Sweden and Hannover, Germany and during the recording sessions some additional musicians were hired by the band. Although Francis Buchholz is credited with performing on the album, and is included in the band picture, it was recently revealed that Dio bassist Jimmy Bain was the actual performer of the bass parts after being hired by the band for the recording sessions. However, Francis denied this in a recent interview. Former Rainbow and future Black Sabbath drummer Bobby Rondinelli played with the band in rehearsals while Rarebell was undergoing treatment for substance abuse. Reportedly, Neil Murray of Whitesnake and Black Sabbath played bass on the demos for this album.


Track listing
All tracks written by Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine, except where noted.

"Bad Boys Running Wild" (Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell) – 3:54
"Rock You Like a Hurricane" (Schenker, Meine, Herman Rarebell) – 4:11
"I'm Leaving You" – 4:16
"Coming Home" – 4:58
"The Same Thrill" – 3:30
"Big City Nights" – 4:08
"As Soon as the Good Times Roll" – 5:01
"Crossfire" – 4:31
"Still Loving You" – 6:26

Personnel
Klaus Meine - lead vocals
Matthias Jabs - lead guitar
Rudolf Schenker - rhythm guitar, lead guitar on tracks 6 and 9, backing vocals
Francis Buchholz - bass guitar, backing vocals
Herman Rarebell - drums, percussion
Produced by Dieter Dierks.


Charts

Album
Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 #6


Singles
Billboard (North America)

Year Song Chart Position
1984 "Rock You Like a Hurricane" Billboard Hot 100 #25
1984 "Still Loving You" Billboard Hot 100 #64

RIAA Certification
Certification Date
Gold April 30, 1984
Platinum April 30, 1984
Multi-Platinum October 25, 1984
Triple-Platinum July 8, 1995

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Coming Home
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I'm Leaving You
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Rock You Like a Hurricane
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Still Loving You
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The Same Thrill
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