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Ban scorpions for their music, not their album covers

By Tim Footman  

In their pre gorky park days

In their pre gorky park days

Before they soundtracked the fall of communism with the sappy power ballad Wind of Change, the German rock band Scorpions were probably best known for their album covers, which pushed the boundaries of adolescent “ooh-aren’t-I-outrageous?” tedium even by the remarkable standards of European heavy metal. In 1976, Scorpions released an album called Virgin Killer; it was dreadful, and the cover was worse. Its legacy stands only to remind us of the historical necessity and inevitability of punk; whenever…

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