Monday, March 12, 2012

The Scorpions - "Still Loving You"

Still Loving You - Love at First Sting

(Debuted July 7, 1984, Peaked #64, 6 Weeks on the Chart)

Here's another song that was played a lot more often on MTV than its peak position would indicate. The Scorpions were a band from Hannover in what was then West Germany, a band that had become synonomous with German hard rock since the 1970s and had gained success as a album act in the U.S. as the 1980s started.

"Still Loving You" was a power ballad that finished the group's LP Love at First Sting. Though largely seen as a love song that has a couple trying to figure out whether to go on together or separately, it's interesting to point out that a band from West Germany had a line like "only love can bring down a wall someday" when there was still a literal wall dividing their country in two parts.

While failing to reach the pop Top 40 as its predecessor "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "Still Loving You" is one of the band's best-known ballads and was a frequent resident of mix tapes of the era. Written by singer Klaus Meine with the band's guitarist and founder Rudolf Schenker, it epitomizes the 1980s proto-metal power ballad. Even today, it still brings down the house when performed in concert.

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