AC/DC's Highway to Hell (33 1/3 Series) by Joe Bonomo

By Joe Bonomo

Published in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" used to be the notorious final album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. formally chalked as much as "Death by way of Misadventure," Scott's loss of life has eternally secured the album's recognition as a partying primer and a bible for deadly habit, branding the album with the thrill chaos of alcoholic extra and its turn aspect, early dying. the simplest songs on "Highway To Hell" in attaining Sonic Platonism, translating rock &roll's transcendent beliefs in stomping, dual-guitar and eighth-note bass riffing, a Paleolithic drum mattress, and insanely, recklessly ordinary yet enjoyable vocals. Joe Bonomo moves a three-chord essay at the energy of formative years, the sturdiness of rock &roll fandom, and the transformative houses of reminiscence. Why does "Highway To Hell" topic to a person past non-ironic little ones? mixing interviews, research, and memoir with a fan's viewpoint, "Highway To Hell" dramatizes and celebrates a undying album that one critic stated makes "disaster sound just like the most sensible enjoyable within the world."

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The images in the first verse are hoary, well worn: the full moon; the clock striking midnight; the dog barking in the distance; a rat running down the alley. But Bon’s howling delivery — fully committed, and trusting the time-honored appeal of a dark night’s • 48 • A C / D C ’ S H I G H WAY T O H E L L eeriness — sends tremors throughout the song. Because he believes this stuff, now so do we. The imagery in the second verse is more intimate; we’re in the girl’s bedroom now where she’s preoccupied and scared to turn off the light, fearing noises outside the window and shadows on the blind.

And didn’t get from the band the response that he was used to. ” But the sessions sputtered. ” For his part, Kramer has no recollection of this. After a few frustrating weeks, Kramer was let go. In a bit of a panic, and turning an anxious eye to a possible tour of Japan, Malcolm called Michael Browning, who suggested Robert John Lange, a thirty-year-old producer and client of manager Clive Calder, in whose New York apartment Browning providentially was staying. Lange agreed to step in and listen to the band’s demos.

And if you’re worried — I shouldn’t be here, I feel kinda guilty for being here, there’s a lot of open bottles and girls and I’m gonna get in trouble but these are the guys who made the pretty convincing argument that hell’s got a rocking band while heaven is stuck with harps — that’s good, the song’s promises are a little scary and the singer, even behind • 29 • JOE BONOMO his grin, is a little scary and he should be. But the beat is so impossibly cool. You’re in. Just have fun. The title track to Highway to Hell is not only an AC/DC classic and in many ways their signature song, it’s about as perfect as a rock & roll song gets.

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