Rock You Like A Hurricane

Album: Love At First Sting (1984)
Charted: 25


  • In a Songfacts interview with Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker, he said: "I think 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' is a perfect rock anthem, which talks about attitude and sexuality. It's very important to recognize the tension between the verses and the chorus. I think Klaus (Meine) went over the lyrics around eight or nine times because the first lyrics of the song went something like 'blah blah blah blah.' And we said, 'No! The song is not feeling right.' But at the ninth or tenth time, it came.

    The lyric goes: 'The bitch is hungry, she needs to tell, so give her inches and feed her well.' This was the tension between the 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' chorus, and the words to the verses. This is what makes the song great. And the funny thing is, the girls, when they're talking about 'Rock You Like A Hurricane,' they say, 'Oh, I love your song 'Rock Me Like A Hurricane.''"
  • The video for this song, which features a leopard, a black panther, women wearing next-to-nothing, and the band inside a makeshift cage which is being rocked back and forth by the crowd outside, was targeted by Tipper Gore in an interview about her reasons behind co-founding the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). Stated Gore, in an interview with Gary James, "At that time, there was Van Halen's 'Hot For Teacher,' Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill,' The Scorpions' 'Rock You Like A Hurricane' - I mean, there were some very violent images. Through the eyes of a 6 or 8-year-old, when they see these scantily clad women kind of rounded up by the band members and put in cages, and there's whips, and there's a sort of menace and there's a sort of a sexuality, they pick up on that."

    The PMRC was founded in 1985 by four wives of powerful political men. They became known as the "Washington Wives." Their objective was to have record companies voluntarily place warning labels on records that contained sexually explicit or violent lyrics or images, or which were suggestive of drug use. Although many recording artists testified against the use of any labels on their material, citing their rights to freedom of speech and no censorship, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began placing warning labels on its merchandise, and continues to do so. The RIAA represents the US recording industry, and count among its members record labels and distributors responsible for the creation and distribution of 90% of recorded music sold there.
  • The video was directed by David Mallet, who had done AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" and Billy Idol's "White Wedding." Rudolf Schenker credits him with capturing the essence of the Scorpions, saying in I Want My MTV, "He said, 'Don't be serious, let's get crazy.' That video is about attitude, craziness, and sexuality. That's how we survived into the video generation."
  • This song is played at the home games of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes as they take the ice. It was #31 in the 2006 installment of VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs," and is considered as one of the most influential rock anthems in history.
  • This song is played in Adam Sandler's film Little Nicky during the scene when Nicky (played by Sandler), upon returning to Hell, says to his mother, "I'm gonna rock that place like a hurricane!" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR
  • The Scorpions are by far the most successful German rock band in America and the UK. Says Schenker: "In the beginning of our career, we had a problem in Germany because nobody expects a German band to play rock music. With rock music, there are more bands from England or America, which are more exotic than the Scorpions, who are from Germany. But when we went to America in '79, we became the exotic ones. They said, 'Hey, what kind of crazy guys are these?' (laughs) We were already exotic, with a different view, and we also play our rock music with a little bit of an ethnic touch. You'll notice that Americans come from the blues side, whereas we come from the classical side, which is different."
  • "Rock You Like A Hurricane" shows up in TV commercials from time to time, often for comedic effect. In 2008, it was used in an Allstate commercial where NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne does a dance routine to the song. In 2014, it was used in a spot for General Mills Fiber One cookies where a nerdy employee's shipment of the tasty treat is met by delighted female customers, leading him to wrongly conclude they're checking him out. "Be the man that every woman wants with new Fiber One cookies," the ad claims.
  • In the TV series Scorpion, a group of geniuses works under the name "Scorpion," and uses this as their theme song. Something we learned on the show: a group of scorpions is called a cyclone.
  • This introduces the character Billy Hargrove in the season 2 premiere of Stranger Things, "MADMAX." It plays as he steps out of his car in the school parking lot and the girls admire his posterior.

Comments: 14

  • Abdoulaye Gueye from Region Thies In Senegal When i was children sventeen yeas i hear this group of scorpions hurrangan and anther song of him well i like it,
  • Jg from Joppa, MdI f--king hate that piece of s--t Tipper Gore.
  • Sandeep from Detroit, MiTo jacko from London the version of the song you heard was from moment if glory. That is the album where scorpions collaborated with the berlin philharmonic orchestra. The song was renamed hurricane 2000.
  • Brandon from Greenup , KyI can play this Song on Hard For Gutar Hero It is My Fav Ithink Scorpins Did a Good Job
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxLiving near the gulf coast - just about every local station plays this when we are evacuating and then returning. Honestly I don't like this song very much and this reason makes me like it even less.
  • Jacko from London, EnglandI've heard a version of this song played on the radio that has an orchestral intro on it.Does anyone know what [if any] album this appeared on as I'm desperate to get hold of a copy.
  • Rayna from Pembroke Pines, Flsorry bout the double post. Puter acted bizarro
  • Rayna from Pembroke Pines, Fl As a teen, I thought the line "give her inches" meant agreeing with everything a woman did or said and letting her have her way lest she get all snarky (thus, the "B-word "reference. It wasn't till "yonks" later that I realized "give her inches" was a reference to -- well, let's say, a reference to (clearing throat)the powerful pink passion pistol
  • Dale from Santa Fe, NmThe chords are stacatto just like in No One Like You, and they're played with the same sound, but they are different sequences.
  • Scott from East Dublin, Gai absolutely love this song!!! I can play it on Electric Guitar and on Guitar Hero 3!! This song is my favorite
  • Erik from Brownwood , Txhow come they dont have "no one like you"? the riff is different play one then the other.. one is very gravely and the other is smooth and fluid. they just sound like they are played on the same key or with the same notes.
  • Nick from Cleveland, Ohgreat anthem from Scorpions but i can picture a person who has never bought a metal album liking this song, kinda of ruins the feel for me just like with Enter Sandman
  • Pat from Reading, Madoes anybody else tthink that the song is just like there's no one like you by scorpian? its crazy. and im not just saying the sound cause its the same band but its almost the same riff
  • Mikey from Boston, MaI remember just after this song came out, me and a bunch of friends went to see the Scorpians in Worcester, MA. Little did we know when we bought the tickets that the Celtics would be playing the Lakers in game seven of the finals that night. The singer announced that the Celts won and that was the loudest cheer of the night.
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