Tuesday, March 14, 2017

"Still Loving You" by Scorpions

Song#:  1971
Date:  07/07/1984
Debut:  86
Peak:  64
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  The Scorpion's ninth album, Love at First Sting, would finally be the one that would break them through to a large audience. This was due in part to the hit single "Rock You Like a Hurricane" (#25 Pop/#5 Rock) and its associated video, which got put into heavy rotation on MTV. For the LP's second single, this album-closing power ballad was selected. Although it didn't seem to do all that well on either chart (#64 Pop/#36 Rock), it would end up being one of their most recognizable songs and would help the album achieve triple-platinum status.

ReduxReview:  This is a solid power ballad that has nearly become the band's "Stairway to Heaven" moment. The 6+ minute tune had to be cut down for the single, which is kind of a bummer because this is a song that should be heard in full. I'm a little surprised by the chart peaks for it. I thought it was far more popular than that. Alas, I don't think it really mattered much because it has remained one of the biggest songs in their catalog - deservedly so.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song would be a big hit in several European countries including France where it reached #3 and sold over a million copies. Apparently, the track was considered a catalyst of sorts for a baby boom that happened in France in 1985. In an interview, Scorpion member Rudolf Schenker mentioned that when they were on a prominent TV show in France, the host told them their song was responsible for the baby boom there. The band didn't believe him and laughed about it, but apparently there was some type of government statistic that pointed this out. Whether really true or not is unknown, but it certainly was a good story that made the song even more memorable.


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