SCORPIONS – Blackout

Scorpions – Blackout (1982, Mercury Records)

1. “Blackout” … 3:47
2. “Can’t Live Without You” … 3:46
3. “No One Like You” … 3:56
4. “You Give Me All I Need” … 3:38
5. “Now!” … 2:33
6. “Dynamite” … 4:12
7. “Arizona” … 3:52
8. “China White” … 6:56
9. “When the Smoke Is Going Down” … 3:49

Klaus Meine – Lead Vocals
Matthias Jabs – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Francis Buchholz – Bass, Backing Vocals
Herman Rarebell – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Producer: Dieter Dierks

This whole album smokes. Amazing rockers and it’s closed with the classic Scorpions power ballad “When the Smoke Is Going Down” (which is one of my favorite songs by the band).

Though “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “Wind of Change” had greater chart success, I think “No One Like You” is an even more important and essential Scorpions song. Just an epic hard rocker.

What else can I say about this classic? This is THE Scorpions album to own and is also a must-have for any hard rock/heavy metal fan. The band would slip further into a commercial sound after this release (and for the most part, they kept delivering the goods), but Blackout is the perfect mix of metallic edge and mainstream hard rock.

Highlights: All of it. This is a metal/rock classic! There’s a reason this is considered the Scorps’ best release.

Posted on September 21, 2009, in Scorpions and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Blackout” was the first Scorpions album I owned.

    I was in junior high and the album cover made an impression on me.
    I have a number of Scorpions albums, but, like you said, this one is one of the best.

    BTW, do you know that The Scorpions have a number of “Japan references” in their work…
    – first of all, the album “Tokyo Tapes“.
    – And the song “Another Piece of Meat” starts with the line:
    “Met her down at that Tokyo place…”
    – the song “Restless Nights” has the lines:
    “Die hard in Tokyo,
    Lexington nights.
    Die hard in Tokyo
    I barely made it out alive”
    (“Lexington” is in reference to the infamous Tokyo nightclub called “Lexington Queen” that all the visiting rock musicians used to go to when they were in Tokyo during the 1980s and 90s)
    – then there’s the song “Kami O Shin Jiru” (which is Japanese for “I Believe In God”)
    and maybe more that I’ve overlooked.

    • I knew of TOKYO TAPES, but I didn’t realize they had so many other Japanese references. Were they/are they big over there?

      I looked up the artist of the cover (Gottfried Helnwein), he’s done some pretty strange, twisted art that can be seen at

      • Yes, they were very popular in Japan long before they were heard of in America.

        (Bon Jovi, by the way, was also huge in Japan before America. Maybe that’s why Bon Jovi has the song “Tokyo Road” and the albums “Tokyo Road” (with the collage of photos of Tokyo put together like one picture on the cover) and “Live In Tokyo“).

      • I looked at that artist’s site.
        His art is bizarre.

      • Yeah, I don’t like it. I guess I’m just not understanding whatever statement he’s trying to make, but some of it just looks like awful “shock” art to me.

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