Perhaps this woulda been a better choice for the return of MMM, eh? Oh well, 3 weeks in and we’re on a bit of a role — let’s not push it.
We’re back in purple (kill me), looking at the hard rock standard, AC/DC’s iconic classic Back In Black, from their 1980 record of the same name. Check the video below:
I mean, there’s only so much I can say about this song that hasn’t been said before. It’s a classic track and, as with most AC/DC classic tracks, that’s mainly down to the guitars. Angus Young is a genius, his riffs are some of the iconic and memorable in rock music — Back In Black being one of his finest moments. It’s that archetypal hard rock riff and one you can not not bang your head to. Along with this, he has no qualm busting out not one, but two wicked-ass solos, I mean damn. Filling out the instrumental we’ve got the classic rhythm guitar of the late great Malcolm Young and the human metronome Phil Rudd who, while not the most interesting drummer to listen to, is a helluva time-keeper.
On all of this, we’ve got Brian Johnson, fresh-faced and petrol-throated, paying tribute to original singer Bon Scott. He’s such a good fit for the late Scott, but, in my opinion, has more adrenaline in his voice; his vocals have always sounded more heavy and urgent than Scott’s. I’m also loving the lyrics here. With a song and a circumstance like Back In Black, the temptation must’ve been real to write a sorrowful ballad. Instead we got ourselves a badass celebration of Bon’s life, with plenty a memorable line. I mean, I say all of this like you don’t know exactly what I’m talking about — it’s Back In Black for God’s sake!
“Forget the hearse ‘cus I never die!”
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations