Blackout (Scorpions album)

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Blackout
Studio album by Scorpions
Released March 29, 1982
Recorded Villa San Pecaire, Saint Jacques, Grasse, France,
Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany
November 1981-January 1982
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 36:44
Label Harvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
Producer Dieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Animal Magnetism
(1980)
Blackout
(1982)
Love at First Sting
(1984)
Singles from Blackout
  1. "Now! / No One Like You"
    Released: March 1982 (Japan)
  2. "No One Like You / Now!"
    Released: March 1982
  3. "Can't Live Without You / China White"
    Released: May 1982
  4. "Can't Live Without You / Always Somewhere"
    Released: July 1982 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[3]

Blackout is the eighth studio album by the German hard rock band Scorpions, released in 1982 on EMI Germany Records and Mercury Records.

After losing his voice during the writing of the album,[4] lead vocalist Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. Demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken as vocalist; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.

Rudolf Schenker could not choose between his guitar solos on "China White", so the US and European releases differed in this small detail.

A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein[4] is featured on the cover of the album. Rudolf Schenker portrays this character in the "No One Like You" music video. Shirts with this album artwork on them are amongst the most popular Scorpions t-shirts.[citation needed]

The RIAA certified Blackout Gold on June 24, 1982 and Platinum on March 8, 1984.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Rudolf Schenker.

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Blackout"   Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, Sonja Kittelsen 3:49
2. "Can't Live Without You"   Meine 3:47
3. "No One Like You"   Meine 3:57
4. "You Give Me All I Need"   Rarebell 3:39
5. "Now!"   Meine, Rarebell 2:35
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Length
6. "Dynamite"   Meine, Rarebell 4:12
7. "Arizona"   Rarebell 3:56
8. "China White"   Meine 6:59
9. "When the Smoke Is Going Down"   Meine 3:51

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Production
  • Dieter Dierks - producer, engineer
  • Gerd Rautenbach - mixing
  • Steve Fallone - mastering

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 French Albums Chart[6] 1
German Albums Chart[7] 10
Billboard 200 (North America)[8] 10
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[9] 11
UK Albums Chart[10] 11
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 12
GfK Dutch Charts[12] 45

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Position
1982 "No One Like You" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 1
German Singles Chart[13] 40
RPM50 Singles (Canada)[14] 49
UK Singles Chart[15] 64
Billboard Hot 100[8] 65
"Can't Live Without You" France Top Singles[citation needed] 17
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 47
UK Singles Chart [16] 63

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1984 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1984 Platinum (+ 100,000)[17]
France SNEP 1982 Gold (+ 100,000)[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weber, Barry. "Scorpions Blackout review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ Considine, J.D. (24 June 1982). "Album Reviews: Scorpions - Blackout". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  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 Jeffrey Easton. "Metal Exiles interview with Klaus Meine". metalexiles.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Scorpions. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  6. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Scorpions". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Album – Scorpions, Blackout". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Blackout Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 36, No. 16, May 29, 1982". Library and Archives Canada. 29 May 1982. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Scorpions – Blackout Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Scorpions – Blackout (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Scorpions – Blackout (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  13. ^ "Single – Scorpions, No One Like You". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  14. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 36, No. 23, July 17, 1982". Library and Archives Canada. 17 July 1982. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  15. ^ "Scorpions – No One Like You Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  16. ^ "Scorpions – Can't Live Without You Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  17. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  18. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-10-27.