Humanity: Hour I

From SPCodex, The Smashing Pumpkins wiki
Humanity: Hour I
Scorpions - Humanity - Hour I.jpg
Studio album by
Scorpions
ReleasedMay 25, 2007
RecordedOctober 2006 – February 2007
Length49:05
LabelSony, New Door
ProducerDesmond Child, James Michael

Humanity: Hour I is the sixteenth studio album by German hard rock band, Scorpions. "The Cross" features vocal contributions from Billy Corgan.

Humanity: Hour I generally received very good reviews. AllMusic called it a "perfect balance between nu metal guitar crunch and '80s heavy metal melodies" and lists "The Cross" as one of the suggested tracks.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Corgan has expressed his fandom of Scorpions, particularly the song "Dark Lady" which he said influenced "Tarantula" off of Zeitgeist.[2] In fact, Humanity: Hour I was recorded at roughly the same time as Zeitgeist, both at The Village Recorder, and this is how the collaboration came to be.

Scorpions guitarist and founding member Rudolf Schenker said in an interview: "I wanted [Corgan] already as a special guest for the Moment of Glory project … but they couldn't get in touch with him. When I was in Los Angeles before we started Humanity: Hour I, he invited me into his studio. He was so happy to see me and to talk about Scorpions and talk about he has all this pirate stuff and even some recorded from fans from the Tokyo Tapes and all that stuff and I mentioned that I wanted him for the Moment of Glory album and he said ah, too bad that that didn't work out. I said … we have a song called "The Cross" and it would be fantastic if you can sing on it. … So in this case it was so natural … Billy came one day with his headphones and there he was, doing his part, and it fit perfectly. I like Smashing Pumpkins, especially his vocals, I like his work very much. He is a great musician, an outstanding kind of guy."[3]

Tracks of interest[edit | edit source]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."The Cross" (guest vocals by Billy Corgan)Matthias Jabs, James Michael, Desmond Child, Marti Frederiksen4:28

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
May 25, 2007 Sony 82876 71419 2 CD Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
2007 Sony 82876 714191 2LP Germany Discogs [1]
More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 41
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[5] 79
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[6] 47
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 91
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 29
French Albums (SNEP)[9] 16
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[11] 44
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[12] 54
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[13] 94
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[14] 59
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 36
Swiss Albums (Swiss Hitparade)[16] 27
US Billboard 200[17] 63
US Rock (Billboard)[18] 17
US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[19] 7

Certifications[edit | edit source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Russia (NFPF)[20] Platinum 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jurek, Thom. "Humanity: Hour 1 – Scorpions". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  2. http://www.alternativenation.net/billy-corgan-talks-scorpions-in-new-book/
  3. https://www.antimusic.com/morley/07/Scorpions.shtml
  4. "Austriancharts.at – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I" (in German). Hung Medien.
  5. "Ultratop.be – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I" (in French). Hung Medien.
  6. "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 200723 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data.
  7. "Dutchcharts.nl – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  8. "Scorpions: Humanity – Hour I" (in Finnish). w:Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  9. "Lescharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  10. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. w:Phononet GmbH.
  11. "Italiancharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  12. "蠍団の警鐘-ヒューマニティー:アワーI" (in Japanese). Oricon ME inc. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  13. "Mexicancharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  14. "Spanishcharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  15. "Swedishcharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  16. "Swisscharts.com – Scorpions – Humanity – Hour I". Hung Medien.
  17. "Scorpions Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. "Scorpions Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  19. "Scorpions Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  20. "Russian album certifications – Scorpions – Humanity" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). Retrieved 17 June 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]