North American syndicated rock radio show and web site "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" gets rocked like a hurricane by the SCORPIONS on the 30th anniversary of their biggest-selling album, "Love At First Sting".
SCORPIONS from Hanover, Germany had been the decade-long international long shot when their 1982 album, "Blackout", blew up Top 10 in the U.S., powered by the No. 1 rock radio track "No One Like You". The band's follow-up LP, "Love At First Sting", two years later soared to No. 6 on the Billboard album chart with triple-platinum sales while delivering a blitzkrieg of rock anthems, including "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Big City Nights" and the signature power ballad "Still Loving You". But the real story is how the SCORPIONS overcame unbelievable barriers of distance, language, lack of management, their lead singer's desperate throat surgery, the notorious East German Stasi secret police, and the Berlin Wall to be key players with Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev's dismantling of Communism in the Soviet Eastern Bloc. Lead singer/songwriter Klaus Meine shares with "In The Studio" host Redbeard how rock 'n' roll helped them escape the über guilt of Germany's Nazi past and build a future.
"We were not proud of our country and our parents were not proud of our country," he said. 'They just survived the (Second World) War. So rock music is the way we got out. And starting as young musicians playing English and American music, it was, in a way, something like an attempt to be part of the world community, to escape a place where you feel this burden."
This week's "In The Studio" program celebrates the best of the SCORPIONS, including the international hit "Wind Of Change", which provided the soundtrack for freedom during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
SCORPIONS "Love At First Sting" "In The Studio" interview program is available now to stream using the audio player below.
"In The Studio" program (audio):