The Zoo (song)
|Single by Scorpions|
|from the album Animal Magnetism|
|Recorded||December 1979 – February 1980|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Songwriter(s)||Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine|
|Scorpions singles chronology|
Schenker wrote much of the music during the band's first tour of the United States in 1979. When Meine first heard Schenker's riff, it reminded him of the band's earlier visit to a street in New York City humorously referred to as a "zoo". Meine later composed the song's lyrics, which contain references to city streets, especially New York's 42nd Street.
The song has been featured on a few Scorpions "Best-Of" compilations, including Deadly Sting, Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions, the box set Box of Scorpions, and a re-recorded version for the Comeblack album.
It has also been used in the soundtrack of the video game NBA 2K18.
Although the song was released as a single in 1980, it commercially underperformed with limited chart success, peaking at #75 in the UK. Even so, it is a critically acclaimed heavy metal song, one critic noting that "The Zoo" is both "ominously slow and melodically accessible" with a key element being the "Berlin burlesque vocal melody". On this note, it is used by many strippers in their stage act.