The Music Blog: Klaus and the Gang

Late in my college life I started to hang out with a guy I played a lot of basketball with. It was that last time-period of a person’s life before adult life started to infringe on all the fun. You know, before college life was put behind you and you started to find your way into a career. While I know many of you were already married and juggling adult responsibilities, I had mostly stayed away from serious relationships. I had the same problem then as I do now, very shy with the opposite sex and girls were not crawling all over me.  It seemed that every girl that thought I was attractive wasn’t attractive to me. I also didn’t work a lot outside of summers and times like spring break which I never got to enjoy like other college students.  Jim was completely different from me. He was very tall and he was from the Chicago area of Illinois.

One of the things that I became aware of was that there were regional differences in the music people listened to. I think a lot of this had to do with Texas radio being a little conservative, They played all the big huge bands but not a lot of the smaller bands until they hit it big, REO Speedwagon is a good example although by that time they had hit the national scene.  Jim’s dad was the contractor for the Charlie Clubs and he was building one in Arlington which is how Jim ended up there. Jim got me a job working at Charlie Club as it was being built. So Jim and I would come to work about 4:30 PM and work til about midnight. Every evening Jim’s dad would give us a list of tasks to complete, mostly clean up with the secondary role to watch over the place. Jim had this big boom box and we would play cassettes of music awhile we were working. There were always some construction guys around mostly ceiling guys who needed space for the lasers they used to put up the ceiling framework and we would shoot the bull with those guys and they liked the music we played. One night Jim brought a band I didn’t know and I really think that it was more a Texas radio thing.

The Scorpions had not hit it super big yet. They were a German band that played good old fashioned rock and roll to me with a leaning towards the metal or hair band type of music that was popular in the 80s. I fell in love with them and it coincided with their release of the album Love at First Sting. Now the other thing about the Scorpions is that they were really a guy’s band. If there is any doubt look at their album covers to see just who they were marketing to. Their album covers were part of the allure, the overt sexuality to it all.  Mostly what I liked and still like about the Scorpions is that they are just a fun band. They are not pretending to be shaking up the world. It is not their goal to make you think about the world around you. Instead they want you to sing their songs to enjoy the music simply because its straight ahead rock and roll.  I saw them twice. The first time was during that Love at First Sting tour. Klaus Meine seems like the most unlikely of front men.  Being German, his English is less than stellar. In fact sometimes you can’t understand anything he is saying. He is having so much fun though that you have to enjoy it and that’s why I love the Scorpions.  They take your mind off every day worries and stressors. You can hear their music and not feel its some sort of political statement. They likely don’t care if they ever win a grammy or make it to the rock and roll hall of fame. They just want you to enjoy what they are playing.

Isn’t that what music is supposed to do?

Mike out