Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the eighth album by the Scorpions called “Blackout” released on EMI Records in Germany and Mercury Records in the USA.
During the recording of the album, vocalist Klaus Meine had lost his voice and had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords. Unsure if he would be able to complete the recording of the album, the band recorded demos with Don Dokken but the tracks didn’t end up being used. The album cover which depicts Rudolf Schenker portraying artist Gottfried Helnwein’s self portrait of a screaming bandaged man blinded by forks has made this one of the more popular Scorpions t-shirts to date.
The lineup for the Blackout album includes: Klaus Meine – vocals, Matthias Jabs and Rudolf Schenker – guitars, Francis Buchholz – bass and Herman Rarebell – drums. The album has been certified both gold and platinum and reached #10 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1982.
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