WCSX Classic Cuts
Scorpions: “Rock You Like a Hurricane”
The Hook: Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs recorded his solo for it in under two minutes.
Album: Love at First Sting
Writers: Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine and Herman Rarebell
Stats: Their first U.S. Top 40 hit peaked at number-25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: After over a decade as a band, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” became Scorpions’ first U.S. Top 40 hit in 1984. Lead guitarist Matthias Jabs [pr: Muh-TEE-us YOBS] tells what stands out for him about cutting it.
Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs on recording “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” OC:…solos ever. :23
“We had a great time recording that song, because it’s really moving and pumping. And I just remember one thing about the guitar solo, since I’m playing the guitar solos. I remember it was like two minutes to eight and we said, ‘Okay, let’s go for dinner at eight o’clock.’ And we had still this guitar solo to do and so I said, ‘Okay, let’s be on time,’ and just played it like in one and a half minutes and that was it. So it was one of the quickest guitar solos ever.”