During a conversation with Eddie Trunk, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine has addressed the story that the band’s staple 1990 hit “Wind of Change” was actually written by the CIA as a piece of Cold War propaganda to encourage change in the Soviet Union.
“Earlier this year, I did an interview, I think his name was Patrick Keefe. He came all the way from New York City over here to Germany for an interview with me; and Matthias [Jabs, guitar] did a phoner later.
“And it was about the Moscow Music Peace Festival, about ‘Wind of Change’ – but this is what this interview was all about: he used to write for printouts like New Yorker and stuff. He’s a great guy, very sympathetic, and a really nice guy.
“And in the middle of the interview, he goes like, ‘Klaus, you ever heard the story that ‘Wind of Change’ was written by the CIA?’ And I cracked up laughing, I totally cracked up laughing.
“I said to him, ‘So, my friend, you think you make an interview with a songwriter or you think you make an interview with a spy?’ [Laughs] It was pretty bizarre. And then I learned the story. This was all about the podcast that would come out in May, which is now.
“Those guys, they’re very professional and very creative, and the way they put it together, it feels like a Netflix series, right? That’s what it is.
“It’s a podcast, and there will be a lot of people who will get into this. It’s a fascinating idea, and it’s an entertaining idea, but it’s not true at all.
“When he told me about the CIA, I realized that he was very serious about it, and he spent some serious time to get to this point and – to even make an interview with the songwriter of ‘Wind of Change.’
“I thought it was very amusing and I just cracked up laughing. It’s a very entertaining and really crazy story but like I said, it’s not true at all. Like you American guys would say, it’s fake news.”