Animal Magnetism (Scorpions album)

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Animal Magnetism
Studio album by Scorpions
Released 31 March 1980
Recorded Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany,
Manta Sound Studios, Toronto, Canada
December 1979 - February 1980
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 39:10
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Lovedrive
(1979)
Animal Magnetism
(1980)
Blackout
(1982)
Singles from Animal Magnetism
  1. "Lady Starlight"
    Released: April 1980
  2. "Make It Real / Hold Me Tight"
    Released: May 1980
  3. "The Zoo / Holiday"
    Released: August 1980
  4. "Hey You / The Zoo"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[3]

Animal Magnetism is the seventh studio album by the German heavy metal band Scorpions, released in 1980. The RIAA certified the record as Gold on 8 March 1984, and Platinum on 28 October 1991.[4]

Background history[edit]

The album cover was created by Storm Thorgerson of the design firm Hipgnosis and, as with earlier Scorpions album sleeves, courted controversy. However unlike several of their previous album sleeves the controversy did not result in the cover being replaced with an alternate sleeve. Recalling the cover photo, Thorgerson remarked, "That one was funny. I don't think we figured it out. We just knew there was something rude somewhere."[5]

Scorpions bassist at the time, Francis Buchholz, recalls that, "Herman came up with the title for the album Animal Magnetism and we all liked it because it's an interesting title. So we had this guy Storm who was doing album covers for Pink Floyd, I think he did the one with the guy with the flames. So Storm came up with the idea for the Animal Magnetism cover, I personally didn't like it, but the rest of the band loved it. I liked the dog though."[6]

In some editions, an extra track "Hey You", sung by Rudolf Schenker is included (although Klaus Meine can still be heard doing backing vocals on the track.) This song was released on the same title single "Hey You" as side-A (together with "The Zoo" as side-B).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Make It Real"   Rudolf Schenker, Herman Rarebell 3:49
2. "Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)"   Matthias Jabs, Rarebell 2:55
3. "Hold Me Tight"   Schenker, Klaus Meine, Rarebell 3:53
4. "Twentieth Century Man"   Schenker, Meine 3:00
5. "Lady Starlight"   Schenker, Meine 6:15
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Falling in Love"   Rarebell 4:09
7. "Only a Man"   Schenker, Meine, Rarebell 3:32
8. "The Zoo"   Schenker, Meine 5:28
9. "Animal Magnetism"   Schenker, Meine, Rarebell 5:56
CD bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Hey You" (vocals by Rudolf Schenker; not on all versions) Schenker, Meine, Rarebell 4:29

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians on "Lady Starlight"
Production
  • Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer, mixing
  • David Green – engineer on "Lady Starlight"
  • Steve Fallone – mastering

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1980 German Albums Chart[7] 12
UK Albums Chart[8] 23
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 37
Billboard 200 (North America)[10] 52
RPM100 (Canada)[11] 76

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1980 "Make It Real"[12] UK Singles Chart 72
"The Zoo"[13] 75

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1991 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1985 Gold (+ 50,000)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Animal Magnetism review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ Fricke, David (26 June 1980). "Album Reviews: Scorpions - Animal Magnetism". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  4. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Scorpions. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ Steven Cerio. "Interview with Storm Thorgerson". Retrieved 24 January 2008. 
  6. ^ Syrjälä, Marko. "Interview with Francis Buchholz". Metal-rules.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Animal Magnetism". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Scorpions – Animal Magnetism Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  9. ^ "Scorpions – Animal Magnetism (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Animal Magnetism Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 22, No. 17, July 19, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 19 July 1980. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions – Make It Real Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  13. ^ "Scorpions – The Zoo Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  14. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 

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