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

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Cover art by Gottfried Helnwein
Studio album by
Released10 April 1982
RecordedNovember 1981–January 1982
StudioVilla San Pecaïre, Saint Jacques, Grasse, France with Dierks Recording Mobile
Dierks Studios, Stommeln, West Germany
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelHarvest/EMI (Europe)
Mercury (US)
ProducerDieter Dierks
Scorpions chronology
Animal Magnetism
Love at First Sting
Singles from Blackout
  1. "Now!" / "No One Like You"
    Released: March 1982 (Japan)
  2. "No One Like You" / "Now!"
    Released: 21 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)
  5. "When the Smoke Is Going Down" / "Now!"
    Released: 1982 (Philippines)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[2]
Forces Parallèles5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]

After losing his voice during the writing of the album,[5] lead singer 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 singer Don Dokken as lead singer[6]; however none of those recordings are featured on the album and Dokken is only credited with and can be heard on backing vocals on the album[7].[citation needed]

In Kerrang! issue 12, dated 25 March - 7 April 1982, Rudolf Schenker said that he 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[5] is featured on the cover of the album. Rudolf Schenker portrays this character in the "No One Like You" music video.

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

"China White" was used as entrance music for the professional wrestling tag team The Skyscrapers in World Championship Wrestling.

In 2017, Rolling Stone ranked Blackout as 73rd on their list of 'The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.'[9]


Track listingEdit

All music composed by Rudolf Schenker.

Side one
1."Blackout"Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, Sonja Kittelsen3:49
2."Can't Live Without You"Meine3:47
3."No One Like You"Meine3:57
4."You Give Me All I Need"Rarebell3:39
5."Now!"Meine, Rarebell2:35
Side two
6."Dynamite"Meine, Rarebell4:12
8."China White"Meine6:59
9."When the Smoke Is Going Down"Meine3:50
2015 Bonus Tracks (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
10."Blackout" (Demo Version)Meine, Rarebell, KittelsenSchenker4:03
11."Running for the Plane" (Demo Song)MeineSchenker4:07
12."Sugar Man" (Demo Song)MeineSchenker, Matthias Jabs4:22
13."Searching for the Rainbow" (Demo Song)MeineSchenker3:56






Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1984 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[8]
Canada CRIA 1984 Platinum (+ 100,000)[19]
France SNEP 1982 Gold (+ 100,000)[20]


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  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 319. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Gaguet, Guillaume. "Scorpion Blackout review". Forces Parallèles. Forces Parallèles. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ Considine, J.D. (24 June 1982). "Album Reviews: Scorpions - Blackout". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Jeffrey Easton. "Metal Exiles interview with Klaus Meine". Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Scorpions Frontman on Losing His Voice: 'I Thought My Career Was Over'". Noisecreep. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  7. ^ Design, Joy Williams—Artist Web. "JoyZine - Interview with Don Dokken by Joy Williams". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
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  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 36, No. 16, May 29, 1982". Library and Archives Canada. 29 May 1982. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  14. ^ a b c "Scorpions Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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  16. ^ "Scorpions – Blackout (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 36, No. 23, July 17, 1982". Library and Archives Canada. 17 July 1982. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  18. ^ " Note : You must select Scorpions". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Scorpions". Music Canada. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  20. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Scorpions" (in French). Retrieved 27 October 2012.