AC/DC: Classic or Dud

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Sooooo then...unreconstructed, beery, lowest common denominator misogynists or stripped-down, no-frills, balls-out brilliance.

I can't help but love the silly buggers, to be honest.

Venga, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

>unreconstructed, beery, lowest common denominator misogynists or stripped-down, no-frills, balls-out brilliance.

Do you really have to choose? I think they can be both. I have to admit that I can't really take much AC/DC at any one sitting, but it's hard to deny the hip-shaking power of something like "You Shook Me All Night Long". Earlier material, while revved up through the amplifiers, is really classic blues with a nasty bent (not that blues can't already be pretty explicit and nasty): Mark Kozalek played this to the hilt with his folked-out reworkings of early AC/DC numbers on his What's Next to the Moon album.

In a way, though, AC/DC is much like the Ramones: if you have one or two of their albums, you probably have all you really need. I'd probably choose Back in Black and Dirty Deeds. Anything post-Back in Black is probably best avoided, though there are sporadic moments worth noting.

Sean Carruthers, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

NER-NER-NER. "ANGUS! ANGUS!"

Let's see how many of us get to that age and can still rock even slightly, I say. Classic, natch. The Ramones comparison is apt, to be sure, but I feel that all the Bon-era stuff and the first couple of Brian Johnson albums belong in every home. Also, the bottle opener key chain that came with the box-set has proven incredibly useful over the years.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Unimpeachable classic.

Only strike against them - ditto Sean above - is they've lingered so long, consequently made more good albums than you'd need. But, y'know, some of those less celebrated albums - POWERAGE, FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK - are solid as all get out.

(Also, totally inappropriate to apply the word misogynist to songs about fucking, liking women, and liking to fuck women. Albeit AC/DC's are crudely worded - "Up to My Neck in You," "Inject the Venom" etc. The doggerel's part of their charm. More apt to call 'em "human naturists".)

AP, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Good point AP. I was wondering exactly how the mysogyny came in - I tend to be attuned to that type of thing usually, but have always found AC/DC to be pretty harmless. They kind of crack me up, to tell the truth.

Grim Kim, Sunday, 22 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Classic" in the old skool sense of the word I think, i.e. I respect and like the idea of them but I never listen to the two records I've got.

Tom, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic as in the Rolling Stones, ABBA sense. Amazing rhythm section, brilliant riffs and Angus solo's at times really sound as if he's being electrocuted. Favorites: If you want blood you got it (also one of the greatest live albums of all time), Highway to Hell and Back in Black. But...I remember they were the uncoolest band for some time in the mid to late 80s, although Thunderstruck (?) helped to bring them back to some sort of critical adoration. So another band on which history is doing a 180.

Omar, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Absolute classics. One of my all time favourites, from as long as I've been listening to music. At the moment I'm all about the Bon Scott era stuff, and nothing else, but I might drag my way through the discography at some point. The Mark Kozelek covers record is also great, but for all the wrong reasons. If I figure out what that means, I'll let y'all know.

alex thomson, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

'Highway to Hell' was the teenage Racer's going out music.

Geordie Racer, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Omar - what's "classic in the Rolling Stones, Abba sense" ?? Classic, but not cool? (If so could an artist be cool but dud?) Or Classic but ancient? Or Classic, but in a separate pile, just behind the Royal Trux albums? ;)

Dr. C, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Hahaha...the last one of course ;) No I would say classic in the sense of as "essential as the air we breath", or as cornerstones on which we built our civilizations, or so classic that you hardly notice anymore how good they really are. That sort of thing. Actually Abba, Stones & AC/DC indeed seem to form my holy trinity of what it's all about, although one could make a case that Chic should be in there too, but then it wouldn't be trinity ;)

Omar, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic. So much so that if you can't recognize their genius, you should have your pulse checked and your head examined,...as you may well have had a humor-ectomy with prock-appreciation-extraction surgery without knowing it.

alex in nyc, Monday, 23 April 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Check out Mark Kozalek's album of covers and you'll see the greatness of their lyrics, stripped bare of the dudness of their over-the-top antics...so half classic/half dud.

Geoff, Friday, 22 June 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
Thunderstruck is an all-time classic.

Roger Fascist, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
Saw them play Roseland last night. I honestly didn't harbor very many high hopes about securing tix for this particular gig (a quasi-secret "industry" gig to celebrate the band's illustrious induction into the R'n'R Hall of Fame). The only way to procure tickets -- if you weren't some record company slickster in a satin tour jacket -- was via promotional gimmickry, ala radio call-in giveaways or
multiple purchasing schemes at Tower Records (buy six of the new AC/DC
re-masters and get a chance to win, etc. etc.) When my high school "partner in Metal" pal Rob called me up, *DEMANDING* that I try to pull a few strings, I figured: why not? Besides, not too long ago, I sort've let Rob down when he jumped through a few major hoops to get Rush tickets, and I bailed at the last minute due to some co-op board emergency. So, it was kinda my turn to do the footwork.

ANYway, I zapped an e-mail to my New Yorker editor with the flimsiest of hopes that he might be able to hook us up. I don't generally like to exploit this particular avenue, as my connection with the magazine seems TENUOUS at best, and I don't want to ask for extra favours or rock the boat. But, to my considerable surprise, John wrote back (the subject header read: "YOU RAWK TONIGHT!") and all was a go! Trouble is, being that this gig was at the Roseland Ballroom (a large-sized venue for mid-level bands, but tiny for AC/DC), the tix were being distributed in a scalper-defying voucher system. Once I heard from John that there would be two tix in my name at the box office, I trucked on up to Roseland and waited
for a chilly HOUR in the cold with a gaggle of other middle-aged,
leather-clad mooks, only to be turned away when I finally got in with the news that: "Press tickets won't be available `til this evening!"

I went back at 6:00, and the street was crawling with scalpers, mounted police, crestfallen metalheads and grown men with paunches and thinning hair dressed like pre-adolescent Australian schoolboys. After unspooling a giant ball of red tape, I finally got my envelope of two tickets (thank god, I was expecting to get stiffed with only one, and having to explain that to Rob would've been unpleasant and awkward). I jogged over to Ye Olde Tripple Inn on 54th street and celebrated with a few pints of Yuengling while I waited for Rob to show up. Huzzah!

After a quick bite, we repaired back over to Roseland where the mob scene was in full swing. We'd heard rumours that the opening "mystery band" was going to be some sort've R'n'R Hall of Fame amalgam featuring members of the Clash and the Police, but suffice to say.....I didn't really expect as much (can you imagine Paul Simonon and Sting playing at an AC/DC show? Me neither.) It wasn't. Instead it was some nobody band called, I think, Momento, who insisted on chiding the capacity crowd with taunts of "old people" and "how come there are so many old fat guys here tonight?" What did they expect? This is AC/DC, not fuckin' Linkin Park. They left the stage to a smattering of indifferent applause.

The floor was packed like a massive cannister of hirsute sardines. Our press tix got us, however, up to the Mezzanine level, which afforded a bit more elbow room and comparitively unobstructed views (although we were still behind the VIP section, which featured little tables on the balcony.) We settled in, grabbed a few more beers and readied ourselves for rock. I spotted Rick Rubin, but no other notables. The crowd was peppered with a truly diverse cross-section. Aging metalheads, guys in business suits, a few hipsters who could've been Strokes roadies wearing "ironic" shirts featuring bygone luminaries like Rainbow and Dio, a couple of legit Hell's Angels, a few mohicans, a mixed bag.....though no hip hop kids. Surprise.

Promptly on-time, the band hit the stage, opening with "Hell Ain't A Bad Place to Be." Bassist Cliff Williams hasn't aged a day. Malcolm is
significantly trimmer and less goblinesque than before. Phil Rudd on the drums is the *SPITTING IMAGE* of Iggy Pop...it's bizarre. Brian Johnson -- complete with signature cap and indecipherable Geordie accent -- still has the pipes, and comes across as possibly the most grounded, nicest guy in rock. And then, of course, there's Angus.....Australia's finest embodiment, now almost fully bald save a friar tuck ring and a thinning widow's peak. His trademark "dance" while playing (massive, gleaming guitar at trunk-level, left knee-raised, shoulders back phasing into shoulders forward, head down, right-knee raised, full-on rocktastic grimace all the while) is a bit less feverish than in years past...but, y'know, the man's fuckin' in his fifties, for god's sakes, and still rocking absolutely furiously. Majesty.

The set list was a bit soft on momentum. Lots of older numbers, like "Gone Shootin'," "The Jack", "Rock'n'Roll Damnation", "If You Want Blood". They, of course, did do stand-bys like "T.N.T.", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Thunderstruck," "Back in Black" (the second number of the evening), "Shoot to Thrill", "Hells Bells" (the track that got me into them way back in Eighth Grade), "Highway to Hell" and "Whole Lotta Rosie." I was somewhat struck by the absence of "Who Made Who", "Let There Be Rock" and "For Those About to Rock", yet they insisted on playing "Stiff Upper Lip" from their most recent album. After a to-the-minute hour and a half set, they only did one encore (knowing full well that no one paid to get in, save the poor slobs who paid ridiculous scalper fees...I was offered three hundred for my pair) with "You Shook Me All Night Long". To be honest, I've never really liked that song. It's kind of their "Whip It," y'know? Their one "hit single."

After that, following a bit of a tease, the house lights went up, and that was it. Personally, I could've standed a few more tunes, but hey.....I can't complain.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 13 March 2003 00:42 (seventeen years ago) link

CLASSIC. I'll definitely take Bon over Brian, but since I HAVE to settle, I will. I'm gonna be buying lots of the new reissues (though ironically, I had all but one of the first batch already).

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 13 March 2003 00:48 (seventeen years ago) link

Great review Alex!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 13 March 2003 00:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I would say the Young brothers are classic while particularly Brian Johnson is heavily dud

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Thursday, 13 March 2003 01:03 (seventeen years ago) link

a "heavily dud[e]"

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 13 March 2003 01:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Lucky you Alex! Cool set list. Man I've seen them three times and they've NEVER done "Gone Shootin'" or "If You Want Blood". They probably skipped "For Those.." because they couldn't use the cannon!

What the heck is with these new reissues? I guess they sold the rights to Sony or something? Ok fine, great, an opportunity to finally put the catalog in order. But no, they're re-releasing the same stupid American versions! So we're going to once again end up with "Problem Child" stupidly on both Let There Be Rock and Dirty Deeds Done Done Dirt Cheap, and a half-assed Jailbreak EP, while great Australia only cuts like "R.I.P", "Stick Around", and "Carry Me Home" languish. How idiotic.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 13 March 2003 01:42 (seventeen years ago) link

my favorite exchange about AC/DC:

me: do you like AC/DC?
coworker: duh. i'm a guy.

john fail (cenotaph), Thursday, 13 March 2003 03:21 (seventeen years ago) link

totally, john. Classic, obviously. I once nearly got into a physical confrontation at some barbeque a few years back when a friend of a friend and i got into it about who was better, AC/DC or Kiss.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 13 March 2003 04:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Still have the bottle opener key chain. Still incredibly useful!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:45 (seventeen years ago) link

The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that Malcolm Young is one of the greatest guitarists around. Complely unerring and unstoppable rhythm work with laser accuracy.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Thursday, 13 March 2003 05:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, and Malcolm really is the genius behind the band. He founded it, it was his conception and I believe I read he actually writes most of the riffs.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 13 March 2003 06:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Still have the bottle opener key chain. Still incredibly useful!

Good lord, so do I.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:08 (seventeen years ago) link

I also adore the inherent tastelessness of the bottle-opener keychain as box-set tchotscke. I mean, Bon Scott drank himself to death, for chrissakes.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:09 (seventeen years ago) link

'have a drink on me' is on back in black, which i also though was tasteless.

a drummer friend often says that phil rudd is his favorite drummer. he plays the same beat on every song but he's tight as hell and doesn't try to steal the spotlight or do anything flashy.

j fail (cenotaph), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Could it be... consensus?

(Oh, yeah, classic, btw.)

TMFTML (TMFTML), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:29 (seventeen years ago) link

So, what album should I get?

Nick A. (Nick A.), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:30 (seventeen years ago) link

All of them! Dude!

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:38 (seventeen years ago) link

(The ones that were just reissued are definitely not a bad place to start: High Voltage, Highway to Hell, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Back in Black. I'm eh on the Live album.)

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link

POO: Dirty Deeds
PO2: Above plus Highway to Hell
P03: Above plus Back in Black

There's no need for any more than that.

TMFTML (TMFTML), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link

The version of "Thunderstruck" on the LIVE album (`92) is positively celestial, however.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link

cummon. 'jail break' all the way

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 13 March 2003 15:59 (seventeen years ago) link

a drummer friend often says that phil rudd is his favorite drummer. he plays the same beat on every song but he's tight as hell

This is so true. I'm glad they got him back in the fold after the years with "the bald guy from the Firm" (as everyone used to call him).

If I had to OPO it would probably be Let There Be Rock. Which sort of a weird choice because it probably has the least amount of Bon's signature humor. Which is of course one of the main reasons I love the band so much. That side is best featured on Dirty Deeds and Highway to Hell.

But Let There Be Rock - it's just so relentlessly heavy. The production is weird, the guitars just crackle with electricity. The album really shows off the way the twin guitars play off each other to create those glorious riffs. Like on "Overdose" which has the long intro w/ the arpeggios and the crashing drums. Then one guitar picks up the riff, then the next one locks in. It just becomes this churning monolith. Like space-rock or something. Yet for all of that there is still space in the music; they don't let the chords ring too long, they clip them off. This sound is nothing like the happier music, still tethered to the blues, on earlier records like High Voltage.

But yeah, every Bon Scott era record is a classic, and a decent number of the Brian Johnson ones as well (I'll take everything up to and including Flick of the Switch, and I actually really liked Ballbreaker).

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 13 March 2003 18:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Holy cow - I just read a review of the show Alex attended, accompanied by a picture of Angus, and Alex wasn't kidding about Angus' hair! He looks pretty goofy. I guess he's always looked goofy.

Also, they played "What's Next to the Moon"!

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Friday, 14 March 2003 21:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes they did.....and it was ELECTRIFYING!

http://www.dromo.com/fusionanomaly/flow.gif

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 15 March 2003 02:31 (seventeen years ago) link

i'll second tracer's 'great review'! because it was.

Dave M. (rotten03), Saturday, 15 March 2003 02:47 (seventeen years ago) link

thanks

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 15 March 2003 02:52 (seventeen years ago) link

three years pass...
Classic all the way. If I had to pick only one, it would be Show Business, but thankfully I don't have to!

shorty (shorty), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 11:45 (fourteen years ago) link

DUD. Music for "macho" idiots.

The Real Esteban Buttez (EstieButtez1), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Shouldn't you be out on a ledge somewhere Buttez?

shorty (shorty), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 12:36 (fourteen years ago) link

My apologies; that was a flippant comment.

However, isn't it possible for you to express your opinion about the band without directly insulting the vast majority of the people who have posted to this thread?

shorty (shorty), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 12:46 (fourteen years ago) link

"macho idiots"?

AC/DC is, other than Zep, the only hard rock band that every single woman I know —and probably many, many I don't— likes, if not loves.

veronica moser (veronica moser), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:35 (fourteen years ago) link

We live in the best of all possible worlds, with one minor exception: "Highway to Hell" should hold the spot in all-time sales that is occupied by "Back in Black".

bendy (bendy), Thursday, 26 October 2006 01:15 (fourteen years ago) link

o esteban how could you deny your heritage like this

H2-H4 (H2-H4), Thursday, 26 October 2006 05:59 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

so Black Ice is now out there, any fans?

http://i33.tinypic.com/2q0rn8k.jpg

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 23:17 (twelve years ago) link

official release date it October 18, 2008.

1. Rock N' Roll Train (4:21)
2. Skies On Fire (3:34)
3. Big Jack (3:57)
4. Anything Goes (3:22)
5. War Machine (3:09)
6. Smash N' Grab (4:06)
7. Spoilin' For A Fight (3:17)
8. Wheels (3:28)
9. Decibel (3:33)
10. Stormy May Day (3:10)
11. She Likes Rock N' Roll (3:53)
12. Money Made (4:15)
13. Rock N' Roll Dream (4:41)
14. Rocking All The Way (3:22)
15. Black Ice (3:25)

Bee OK, Wednesday, 8 October 2008 23:20 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7792166.stm
AC/DC are about to be paid a glowing tribute at Holyrood in recognition of the rock band's Scottish roots.

South of Scotland MSP Christine Grahame has lodged a parliamentary motion calling for the achievements of the group to be acknowledged.

Founding members Angus and Malcolm Young were born in Glasgow before the family moved to Australia in 1963.

And former frontman Bon Scott was born in Kirriemuir, where there is a memorial plaque in his honour.
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45313000/jpg/_45313762_41646570.jpg
AC/DC were formed in 1973 and have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, with songs such as Highway to Hell, Back in Black and For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).

In 2003, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Glasgow gig

They recently released a new album called Black Ice and will play Hampden Park in Glasgow next year as part of a world tour.

Ms Grahame's motion - entitled AC/DC, We Salute You - calls on the Scottish Parliament to recognise the band's Scottish roots; note that their popularity continues to grow and welcome their forthcoming performance in Scotland; and to acknowledge the musical inspiration the band has provided to thousands of Scottish musicians.

Ms Grahame said: "It is clear Scott had a strong sense of his identity, from the 'Scotland forever' tattoo he had on his arm to his playing the bagpipes on the AC/DC track It's a long way to the top.

"When they played Glasgow in 1978 the whole band wore the Scotland national football strip as their concert took place just ahead of the World Cup finals and it would be fitting if they were to do the same when the band play Hampden national football stadium next June.

"After 35 years AC/DC are still contributing to music and giving fans enjoyment worldwide.

"I think they have long deserved official recognition from their homeland for that major musical contribution and my parliamentary motion will go some way towards recognising that."

Angus and Malcolm Young are guitarists and songwriters in AC/DC. Bon Scott died of alcohol poisoning in 1980, aged 33.

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 19 December 2008 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

Often when the whole band is miming you can tell with the drums, but Phil seems pretty on the bullseye. I'll have to watch again.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 December 2020 02:00 (three weeks ago) link

love the sharpies dancing behind Bon - and he is definitely miming those pipes to look like a blowjob

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 21 December 2020 07:53 (three weeks ago) link

that video is fucking great

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 02:15 (three weeks ago) link

11/10

stirmonster, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 02:38 (three weeks ago) link

Power Up really is v enjoyable! i am def surprised by this turn of events

Mists of Time fave so far

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 December 2020 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

Are you sure you’re not listening to Powerage

calstars, Saturday, 26 December 2020 02:27 (two weeks ago) link

y

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 December 2020 02:58 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pretty surprised by how good Brian sounds

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 26 December 2020 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pretty surprised by how good Brian sounds

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 26 December 2020 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

Even the second time?

I was surprised, too. Then again, I was surprised at how well Axl did as a sub, all things considered.

By the way, most underrated aspect of Angus iconography? The way he gulps like a goldfish when he plays.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 December 2020 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

Late-period AC/DC - S&D btw

huge rant (sic), Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

Late-period AC/DC - S&D: Classic or Dud

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 26 December 2020 21:53 (two weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

guys?

it's a long way to the top

if you want to rock and roll

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 11 January 2021 13:53 (four days ago) link

Fuckin' tell me about it

fish quits shock (Matt #2), Monday, 11 January 2021 14:04 (four days ago) link

gettin old
gettin grey
gettin ripped off
under-paid
gettin sold
second hand
that's how it goes -
playin in a band

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 11 January 2021 14:27 (four days ago) link

*postin on Ilx

calstars, Monday, 11 January 2021 14:28 (four days ago) link

workin on a ban

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 11 January 2021 14:29 (four days ago) link

long way to the shop
if you want a chiko roll

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 January 2021 16:58 (four days ago) link

YESSSS

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 11 January 2021 21:45 (four days ago) link

it's a long way to buy pot
if you wanna smoke a bowl

shivers me timber (sic), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:03 (four days ago) link

primary school playground vs high school playground

shivers me timber (sic), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:03 (four days ago) link

lmao

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:08 (four days ago) link

guys?

it's a long way to the top

if you want to rock and roll

― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, January 11, 2021 1:53 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

so this update is responsible for me listening to "it's a long way to the top" for the first time yesterday (!) and going down a mini ac/dc rabbit hole. i never really listened to them, i don't know why. good god they were a band, with albums and songs and stuff. but yeah they completely rule. i'm not a huge rock guy but a few rock bands are just undeniable to me, these guys are probably on the level of like ccr for me i guess.

map, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:43 (three days ago) link

honestly I was the same with AC/DC. I used to think Bon Scott sounded like a muppet with chlamydia and I hated the so-called "sameiness" of their music, also believed challops like that Brian Johnson era was superior (when really the only thing of his I liked was Back in Black)

Was about 9 years ago I went through their near entire discography and fell in love with the Bon material. it's so raw and purely face-melting.

it's fun to just spin AC/DC album after album until 3 am

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:46 (three days ago) link

(AC/DC fans at Glasgow Apollo Theatre, Scotland, Highway To Hell Tour, October 27 1979, ©1979 Robert Ellis)

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:50 (three days ago) link

air guitars in front row are great. I miss times like that

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:51 (three days ago) link

My sister was there, in the bouncy balcony. Judging by that photo no women were allowed in the stalls.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:54 (three days ago) link

yikes tbh

map, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:57 (three days ago) link

a muppet with chlamydia

As if this is a bad thing for the notorious singer of a hard rock band.

My favorite AC/DC story is from both of the times when I saw them on the ... maybe first Ballbreaker and then the Stiff Upper Lip tour? Whenever it was, during probably "The Jack" iirc they had a camera panning the crowd for flash-happy women, but after a couple of flashing women the camera would linger on flashing men, too, and it just alternated from there.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:02 (three days ago) link

i love the Bon era the best

but overall with this band I think the joy of relistening as a longtime fan now is that there is a lot of joy in their music, and how the fun IS that it’s not really “about” anything. And lately for me on a musical level, marvelling how the whole rhythm section is *so* locked in, solid as a fucking rock, with these perfect spaces to support Bon’s showmanship, or Angus’s solos, or fuckin bagpipes or whatever

it’s a thing of beauty imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:17 (three days ago) link

it's a long way to buy pot
if you wanna smoke a bowl

― shivers me timber (sic), Monday, January 11, 2021 3:03 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

lol

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:23 (three days ago) link

also

powerage best rock album after aerosmith rocks

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:23 (three days ago) link

Surely it's ALL about sex, booze and rock & roll?

stirmonster, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:23 (three days ago) link

aside from that

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:29 (three days ago) link

I used to think Bon Scott sounded like a muppet with chlamydia

Or, as discussed recently on another thread, Alex Harvey!

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:31 (three days ago) link

also getting had and getting sold secondhand

map, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:32 (three days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwu7vKCrJWQ

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:33 (three days ago) link

they're about nothing and everything... about being

map, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:33 (three days ago) link

a band with the mission statement, "we stand for life at its fullest"

map, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:34 (three days ago) link

You know how cool AC/DC is? At least one of those times I saw them they *opened* with "You Shook Me All Night Long." What other band could *open* with its biggest hit?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:36 (three days ago) link

AC/DC in a nutshell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrhzX3dRRiI

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:36 (three days ago) link

ive had inject the venom on repeat for the last month or so

a nice controlled drift (Spottie), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:57 (three days ago) link

i almost died riding in a (homemade) convertible pickup truck down a back road with a guy who took it up to like 100 miles an hour while blasting Thunderstruck and now every time I hear that AAAAHAAuhHAAAAAHAAAA i get giddily nauseous

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 05:16 (two days ago) link

lol Thunderstruck may as well have been my hometown’s unofficial theme song the amount it was played for the 5 years after it came out
(my hometown = bogan central)

i am still somewhat triggered by it

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 05:23 (two days ago) link

i remember exactly where i was when i first heard thunderstruck. my friend josh's house - watching the video on his tv. he had trivia to tell me about the drummer which i did not really care about

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:33 (two days ago) link

what was the trivia?

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:58 (two days ago) link

that he had played for The Firm, who had done their own versions of Led Zeppelin tracks or something

meanwhile i'm getting flattened like a train and can't speak, can't think

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:34 (two days ago) link

That's a different Firm to the Star Trekkin' mob, I believe

prize-winning marconi bakery (Matt #2), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:47 (two days ago) link

It is. (the Star Trekkin' one is the same as the Arfur Daley E's Alright one though)

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:52 (two days ago) link


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