Crazy World (Scorpions album)

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Crazy World
ScorpionsCrazyWorld.jpg
Cover design by Storm Thorgerson and Hollywood & London
Studio album by Scorpions
Released 6 November 1990 (1990-11-06)
Recorded 1990
Studio Goodnight LA Studios, Los Angeles, California, US, Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, Netherlands
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 52:53
Label Vertigo, Mercury
Producer Keith Olsen and Scorpions
Scorpions chronology
Savage Amusement
(1988)
Crazy World
(1990)
Face the Heat
(1993)
Singles from Crazy World
  1. "Tease Me Please Me"
    Released: November 1990
  2. "Don't Believe Her"
    Released: December 1990
  3. "Wind of Change"
    Released: 20 January 1991
  4. "Send Me an Angel"
    Released: 17 September 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock6/10 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[3]
Forces Parallèles4/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard8.0/10[5]

Crazy World is the eleventh studio album by German hard rock band Scorpions, released on 6 November 1990.[6] The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart for albums in 1991.[7] That same year, the song "Wind of Change" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100[7] and "Send Me an Angel" reached No. 44 on the same chart.[7] Crazy World was the last album to feature bassist Francis Buchholz, and by that extent, the last to feature the band's classic lineup. It also has the only Scorpions track to credit Buchholz, "Kicks After Six". This album was the band's first album in a decade and a half to not be produced by Dieter Dierks and is widely considered to be the last "classic" Scorpions album. In the UK, it remains the only Scorpions album to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in November 1991.[8] In the United States, it is the band's second best-selling album to 1984's Love at First Sting, and their last one to be certified at least gold by the RIAA.[9]

"Hit Between the Eyes" was played during the ending credits of the 1992 film Freejack.

"Send Me an Angel" was played at the closing scene in the 2004 Cold Case episode "Who's Your Daddy." "Wind of Change" was also used during the 2009 film Gentlemen Broncos and towards the end of the 2014 film The Interview.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Tease Me Please Me"Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, VallanceMatthias Jabs, Jim Vallance4:44
2."Don't Believe Her"Rarebell, Meine, VallanceRudolf Schenker, Vallance4:55
3."To Be with You in Heaven"MeineSchenker4:48
4."Wind of Change"MeineMeine5:10
5."Restless Nights"Meine, Rarebell, VallanceSchenker5:44
6."Lust or Love"Meine, Rarebell, VallanceMeine4:22
7."Kicks After Six"Rarebell, Meine, VallanceFrancis Buchholz, Vallance3:49
8."Hit Between the Eyes"Rarebell, Meine, VallanceSchenker4:33
9."Money and Fame"Jabs, RarebellJabs5:06
10."Crazy World"Meine, Schenker, Rarebell, VallanceSchenker5:08
11."Send Me an Angel"MeineSchenker4:32

Personnel[edit]

Scorpions
Additional musicians
  • Koen van Baal, Robbie Buchanan[citation needed] – keyboards on "Wind of Change"
  • Jim Vallance – keyboards on "Send Me an Angel"
  • Michael Thompson[citation needed] – guitar on "Wind of Change"
  • Roy Tesse, Dries van der Schuyt, Ria Makker, Gerard v.d. Pot, Louis Spillman, Wolfgang Praetz, Inka Esser, Claudia Frohling, Cliff Roles, Peter Angmeer, Tony Ioannoua and Jim Lewis, supported by Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker, Erwin Musper and Keith Olsen – "gang" vocals on "Tease Me Please Me"
  • Marcel Gelderblom, Mirjam Erftemeijer, Henk Horden and Patrick Ulenberg, supported by Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Erwin Musper and Keith Olsen - "bang" vocals on "Crazy World"
Production
  • Keith Olsen – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Erwin Musper – engineer, mixing
  • Shay Baby – additional engineering, mixing
  • Attie Bauw, Albert Boekholt, Tom Fletcher – assistant engineers
  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[40] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Germany (BVMI)[43] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[45] Gold 25,000[45]
Austria (IFPI Austria)[46] Platinum 50,000*
Summaries
Worldwide 7 million

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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