1977: Scorpions, ‘Taken By Force’

Hello and welcome to the Rock n Coasters podcast, I am one of your hosts, Michele Forto. To kick off the new year we are starting something new every week. We are going to talk about the top metal albums of the year and share some cool facts from back in time. Sit back kids, this is going to be a wild ride.

It’s 1977. Slim-Fast began selling and, after initial hesitation by the FDA, was approved and came on strong in 1979 as a weight-loss product. I bet your mom tried it too.

Argentina flew a pregnant woman to their military base in Antarctica so she could have first baby to ever be born on the continent. In doing so, the Argentine government believed this would give them an ‘undisputable’ claim on the land, but the claim is not recognized internationally.

The Chia Pet is the registered trademark belonging to Joseph Enterprises, Inc., the manufacturers, and originator of the Chia Pet. The name was first used on September 8, but the idea of growing plants around clay and other materials has been around forever.

The Quotes

“I love New York”
– NY State Dept. of Economic Development ad

“Well, Excuuuuse Me”
– Steve Martin

Let’s talk about the top metal album.

1977: Scorpions, ‘Taken By Force’


The last album to feature guitarist Uli Jon Roth, ‘Taken By Force’ represents a high point in the Scorpions’ largely ignored ‘70s output. Their double-edged sound teetered between driving rhythms that, by 1977, were definitely feeling the impact of the rise of heavier music. “Steamrock Fever” is a charging opener that dives straight into the other aspect of their sound, Roth’s flower child-inspired guitar playing early on in “We’ll Burn the Sky.” Countering the harder moments with brilliant, psychedelic-infused lead playing saturated in gorgeous, fluttering melodies and shredding moments, “Sails of Charon” has it all and is one of the most underrated tracks in the band’s discography.

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