Tag: AC/DC

Friday 7/30/21 12am ET: Feature LP: AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. It was released on July 25, 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. It is the band’s first album to feature lead singer Brian Johnson, following the death of previous lead singer Bon Scott.

After the commercial breakthrough of their 1979 album Highway to Hell, AC/DC was planning to record a follow-up, but in February 1980, Scott died from alcohol poisoning after a drinking binge. Instead of disbanding, they decided to continue on and recruited Johnson, who was previously vocalist for Geordie.

The album was composed by Johnson, Angus and Malcolm Young, and recorded over seven weeks in the Bahamas from April to May 1980 with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who had worked on their previous album. Following its completion, the group mixed Back in Black at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The album’s all-black cover was designed as a “sign of mourning” for Scott.

As their sixth international studio release, Back in Black was an unprecedented success. It has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, and is one of the best-selling albums in music history. The band supported the album with a yearlong world tour, cementing them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s. The album also received positive critical reception during its initial release, and it has since been included on numerous lists of “greatest” albums. Since its original release, the album has been reissued and remastered multiple times, most recently for digital distribution. On December 9, 2019, it was certified 25x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

1. “Hells Bells” 5:10
2. “Shoot to Thrill” 5:17
3. “What Do You Do for Money Honey” 3:33
4. “Given the Dog a Bone” 3:30
5. “Let Me Put My Love into You” 4:16

1. “Back in Black” 4:14
2. “You Shook Me All Night Long” 3:30
3. “Have a Drink on Me” 3:57
4. “Shake a Leg” 4:06
5. “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” 4:15

Brian Johnson – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums

Monday 6/14/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: AC/DC – For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (1981)

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (referred to as For Those About to Rock on its cover) is the eighth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band’s seventh internationally released studio album and the eighth to be released in Australia. It was released on November 23, 1981.The album is a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over four million copies in the US. It would be AC/DC’s first and only No. 1 album in the U.S. until the release of Black Ice in October 2008. In their original 1981 review, Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their best album. In Australia, the album peaked at No. 3 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.

The album, recorded in Paris, was the third and final AC/DC collaboration with producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.

In a 1982 interview with Creem’s Sylvie Simmons, Angus Young commented on several of the album’s songs:

“Evil Walks”: “As the name says, evil walks. It’s everywhere. Actually it’s just a catchy title with a catchy tune. We were playing it at the beginning and I said, ‘those chords sound dead evil.’ And that’s usually how we do it – just sitting around and nattering and thinking and jamming away, and someone says something like ‘evil walks’ and that’s it. Some crud just sent me a letter – addressed to Bon too – sending us these stupid things. Some people are sick. If they want to go God-bothering they should go God-bother the Pope. He needs it. We don’t…I had one idiot trying to blast away in my earhole. He started with ‘Do you believe in God?’ and I said ‘I’ve no interest in it so leave me alone.’ Their main beef is songs like ‘Highway to Hell.’ But they’re just titles. It’s only a song.”

“C.O.D. (Care of the Devil)”: Most people think COD – cash on delivery. I was sitting around trying to come up with a better one and I came up with ‘Care of the Devil’. We’re not black magic Satanists or whatever you call it. I don’t drink blood. I may wear black underwear now and again but that’s it.”

“Let’s Get It Up”: You can take it one of two ways. Let’s get it up, meaning musically up, or…”

“Snowballed”: “Meaning you’ve been conned, fooled again. And we figured we’d been tricked enough in our time, so we came out with that. It could be the woman you’re paying alimony to, anything.”

“Put the Finger on You”: “That’s basically a gangster line like they do in the movies…We’re not putting the finger on anyone in particular. It’s always been the other fucking way around.”

“Inject the Venom”: “That’s a power thing like ‘For Those About to Rock’. It just means, have it hot.” Brian Johnson: “There’s one line that says, if you inject the venom it will be your last attack. Which is like a snake – once it bites you it’s got nothing left.”

“Night of the Long Knives”: “It’s like a horror movie. Another power thing. It just sounded nice.”

“Breaking the Rules”: “It’s like when somebody says ‘you can’t do that’, at school or whatever. They were always saying that to me at school. You do it anyhow.” Brian Johnson: “But at the same time it says don’t start any fooking revolutions, don’t be a big fooking hero, just break the rules in your own way. Don’t just do what the man says and go ‘aye, okay.’ Do it the way you wanted to.”

1. “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” 5:43
2. “Put the Finger on You” 3:25
3. “Let’s Get It Up” 3:53
4. “Inject the Venom” 3:31
5. “Snowballed” 3:23
6. “Evil Walks” 4:23
7. “C.O.D.” 3:19
8. “Breaking the Rules” 4:23
9. “Night of the Long Knives” 3:25
10. “Spellbound” 4:28

Brian Johnson – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums

Thursday 6/10/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Rick Astley, Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken, Britney Spears, Norah Jones, Elton John, Staind, B-52s, and more . . . 2pm to 4pm ET

Thursday 6/3/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Fantasia, Disturbed, Cher, Elton John, Santana, Bo Bice, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and more . . .

Thursday 5/20/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Daniel Bedingfield, Christina Aguilera, Bee Gees, Kid Rock, George Strait, Dian Diaz, Baha Men, Bo Bice, Celine Dion, Sugarland, P!nk, and more . .

Thursday 5/20/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from John Mellencamp, Ben’s Brother, Elton John, Shania Twain, AC/DC, Goo Goo Dolls, Martina McBride, Doobie Brothers, Poison, Jack Ingram, and more . . .

Tuesday 5/18/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s



2 – 6pm ET

Featuring tunes from Pablo Cruise, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Little Richard, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, KT Oslin, Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson, Was (Not) Was, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Gramm, Irene Cara, Genesis, and more . . .

Thursday 5/6/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from AC/DC, Rob Thomas, Clay Aiken, Def Leppard, Five For Fighting, Elton John, Eminem, Korn, John Fogerty, Green Day, Brad Paisley and more . . .

Monday 10/5/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Brian Francis Johnson (born October 5, 1947) is an English singer and songwriter. In 1980, after the death of Bon Scott, he became the third lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC. He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. In March 2016, he stepped down from touring on the Rock or Bust World Tour due to hearing problems. He stated in an interview that he “had a pretty good run” in AC/DC and implied that he might not be returning. On September 30, 2020, AC/DC officially confirmed that Johnson along with fellow band mates Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams would be returning to the band.

Johnson was one of the founder members of the rock band Geordie formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971. After a few hit singles, including UK Top 10 “All Because of You” (1973), the band split up in 1978. Following the death of Scott on 19 February 1980, Johnson was asked to audition for AC/DC. Lead guitarist and co-founder Angus Young recalled, “I remember Bon playing me Little Richard, and then telling me the story of when he saw Brian singing [with Geordie]. […] There’s this guy up there screaming at the top of his lungs and then the next thing you know he hits the deck. He’s on the floor, rolling around and screaming. I thought it was great, and then to top it off—you couldn’t get a better encore—they came in and wheeled the guy off!” Johnson was diagnosed with appendicitis later that night, which was the cause of his writhing around on stage. The band agreed immediately that Johnson’s performing style fit AC/DC’s music. His first album with AC/DC, Back in Black, became the second best-selling album of all time according to most estimates. The Guardian ranked the successful transition to Johnson at No. 36 on their list of 50 key events in rock music history.

Johnson is known for his distinctive singing voice and strong Geordie accent. In July 2014, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by Northumbria University in the city of Newcastle in recognition of his significant contribution to the music industry.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, making them the tenth highest-selling artist in the United States and the 14th best selling artist worldwide. Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the third highest-selling album by any artist, and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and were named the seventh “Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as “the greatest rock and roll band of all time”. In 2010, VH1 ranked AC/DC number 23 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.