“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be” by AC/DC
4:10 for 4/10
Remember when MTV (played music) used to play concerts every Friday night, but they only had like four of them? One of them was a live AC/DC concert with Bon Scott (RIP) and they’d play it every couple of weeks (do the math). I’d go to my friend’s every time it was on (because he had cable - yes, kiddos, there was a time when not everyone had cable).
Ah, the metal memories.
To this day, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It is one of my favorite live albums.
“Whole Lotta Rosie” by AC/DC
4:05 for 4/05
The live album, If You Want Blood You Got It, is one of my favorite live albums and this song is one of the highlights. And it’s a great song for a Friday.
AC/DC - Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
Album: If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It
There are no words to describe the pure awesomness that is Acca Dacca. The first album AC/DC album I bought was Back In Black around when I was about… maybe 12, I’d been an Angus Young fan since I discovered rock ‘n’ roll and have never stopped loving him. We were fortunate enough to catch AC/DC live about 5 or 6 years ago when they came around town with their last tour.
AC/DC is pure gasoline, adrenaline, it is hands down the BEST and FUNNEST show I have ever witnessed. The raw intensity of those riffs combined with the barking of Brian Johnson makes you wanna jump out of your skin and rock your bones off.
One of my favorite live albums. Solid.
Song: Let Me Put My Love Into You
Album: Back in Black
Theme: Sex Songs
Song: What Do You Do For Money Honey
Album: Back in Black
“Night Prowler” by AC/DC
(Words/Music: Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott, Album: Highway To Hell, Atlantic 1979)
A few of my students used this song in their projects on Fear because it’s a creepy and scary song. However, they didn’t know about the connection with Richard “Night Stalker” Ramirez. When I explained it to the class, the song took on a whole new level of fear. And I think a few of them might actually have been afraid that I knew things like this - especially that it was so readily available on the tip of my brain.
Somewhere a clock strikes midnight
And there’s a full moon in the sky
You hear a dog bark in the distance
You hear someone’s baby cry
A rat runs down the alley
And a chill runs down your spine
And Someone walks across your grave
And you wish the sun would shine
Cause No one’s gonna warn you
And no one’s gonna yell ‘Attack’
And you don’t feel the steel
Till it’s hanging out your back
I’m your Night Prowler, asleep in the day
I’m your Night Prowler, get out of my way
Look out for the Night Prowler, watch you tonight
I’m the Night Prowler, when you turn out the light …
Too scared to turn your light out
‘Cos there’s something on your mind
Was that a noise outside your window?
What’s that shadow on the blind?
As you lie there naked
Like a body in a tomb
As I slip into your room
I’m your Night Prowler, break down your door
I’m your Night Prowler, crawling ‘cross your floor
I’m your Night Prowler, make a mess of you, yes I will
Night Prowler, and I am telling this to you
There ain’t nothing you can do
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” by AC/DC
(Words/Music: Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson, Album: Back In Black, Atlantic 1980)
First, it’s hard to believe that this album is over thirty years old.
Second, I can’t believe that I waited over thirty years for AC/DC to put out another album as complete, open to close, as this one. And I’m still waiting.
Third, despite how good it is, I still like the Bon Scott albums better. To me, I think they were just more creative (as creative as AC/DC gets) and more raw - which makes sense because at that point, the band was still struggling to make it.
Fourth, I guess that might be why this is the best of the Brian Johnson era - because the band had to prove that they could continue without one of the best frontmen in rock.
Finally, I just love this song. To me, it’s everything that rock ‘n’ roll is about and it finds a nice niche (try saying that ten times fast) between blues and heavy metal.
Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t noise pollution
Rock ‘n’ roll is just rock ‘n’ roll