Scorpions & Royal Thunder

Episode 171

This week, Aaron introduces Brent to an Atlanta band that just released their first album in 6 years last month while Brent highlights a group from Germany that formed in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker.

Described by NPR as “revved-up Southern hard-rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn”, Aaron picks out three songs from Royal Thunder.

Featuring a career that has spawned 19 studio albums and over 100 million records sold, Brent spotlight 3 tracks from The Scorpions.

This Week’s Playlist

  1. The Zoo – Scorpions – Animal Magnetism (1980)
  2. Fade – Royal Thunder – Rebuilding the Mountain (2023)
  3. Big City Nights – Scorpions – Love at First Sting (1984)
  4. The Knife – Royal Thunder – Rebuilding the Mountain (2023)
  5. Still Loving You – Scorpions – Love at First Sting (1984)
  6. Live to Live – Royal Thunder – Rebuilding the Mountain (2023)

Show Notes

(04:10) Scorpions: 37 Things You Didn’t Know About The Band! – Useless Daily
(08:12) The Turbulent Story Of The Scorpions – Louder Sound
(14:20) The Scorpions: The Cia And The Most Controversial Album Cover Ever – Far Out Magazine
(17:37) Martin Popoff’s Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time – Reddit
(22:33) How a series of unfortunate events inspired Royal Thunder’s new album – Louder
(23:33) Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz on Escaping a Cult, Touring With Wilco – Rolling Stone
(39:55) ROYAL THUNDER – Masquerade
(40:55) Mlny Parsonz Delves Into Royal Thunder’s “CVI” – Metal Assault
(44:04) Renegade by Styx feat. Mlny Parsonz, Kyle Shutt, Jean Paul Gaster and Per Wiberg – YouTube
(45:11) Mutoid Man + Royal Thunder “Wrecking Ball” – YouTube
(45:17) Royal Thunder + Mastodon + Spirit Adrift cover Robyn’s “Ever Again” in the style of Thin Lizzy – YouTube
(45:30) Royal Thunder: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – YouTube
(58:26) Rebuilding the Mountain ‘is Me Trying to Save My Life’: a Conversation With Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz – Knotfest

Other Links

Animal Magnetism Documentary Part I – The Album – YouTube

Band Websites

Royal Thunder

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Videos Mentioned

Bands Mentioned
  • Scorpions
  • The Scorpions
  • UFO
  • Royal Thunder
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Collective Soul
  • Kyle Shutt
  • The Sword
  • Soundgarden
  • Chris Cornell
  • Uli Jon Roth
  • Michael Schenker
  • Don Dokken
  • Mastodon
  • Black Sabbath
  • Dawn Road
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Guns N Roses
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