No, it doesn't mean monosodium
originally stood for the Michael Schenker Group, but was changed
to the McAuley-Schenker Group with the addition of vocalist Robin
McAuley in 1986. Michael Schenker, the younger brother of Rudolph Schenker of the Scorpions,
was the Scorpions guitarist for several years (he joined the band in
1969). In 1973, Michael left Scorpions after being asked to play
lead guitar for the band UFO.
Robin McAuley was tapped to replace MSG vocalist Gary
Barden. Rumor has it that Michael and Robin got along so well,
that a change to the meaning of the band acronym MSG was warranted
(conveniently Robin's last name started with the letter "M"). Like
The Scorpions, members of the band were European (German, Irish,
British) and living in the UK. Soon after the switch to Robin on
vocals, the band relocated to Los Angeles.
MSG's debut 1987 release,
Perfect Timing, was relatively successful. Many of you
will remember the hit song "Gimme Your Love" from that album. The
band's 1989 release,
Save Yourself, brought us the band's biggest hit to day, the
song "Anytime". In 1993, Robin decided to get married and to
leave the band. The Michael Schenker Group was then resurrected as
Michael continued producing. In 2012, Robin McCauley was back.
What does MSG stand for now? We don't know.
We include both the Michael Schenker Group and McAuley
Schenker Group Discography below:
As the Michael Schenker Group
1980: The Michael Schenker Group
1982: Assault Attack
1983: Built to Destroy
1996: Written in the Sand
1999: The Unforgiven
2001: Be Aware of Scorpions
2005: Heavy Hitters
2006: Tales of Rock N Roll
2008: In the Midst of Beauty
2011: Temple of Rock
As the McAuley Schenker Group
1987: Perfect Timing
1989: Save Yourself
1992: Nightmare: The Acoustic M.S.G.
1992: Unplugged Live