Another Shot In The Dark
doubt, the land down under teems with raw materials freshly hauled from the
murk, but the country’s most prized jewel is another sort of rock — AC/DC. The
band has sold over 125 million records, outpacing Rock and Roll legends The
Rolling Stones and U2, and modern exports Drake and Justin Bieber.
stopped them. With the release of the band’s new album PWR/UP on November 16th, we look back on how they’ve triumphed when so many other bands have disappeared.
pristine shop facades and renovated cathedrals. The Young family had a tenement
apartment in Cranhill, an inner-city housing scheme that tossed the unemployed
and the riffraff out behind the shoe factories. Think of it as a human composting project, the outcome of which was boozers and razor gangs and absolutely zero sunshine.
ship themselves and their ten children to Australia. Turns out, the family swapped the UK’s Big Freeze for perma-heat, and while North Queensland was no Cranhill, the kids, like any upstanding Scottish clan, learned quickly to stick together.
bought them LPs that they consumed like TimTams. Within a few years of living
in Queensland, their brother George was in a band of his own, The Easybeats. Witnessing the sort of attention that came with a guitar inspired Angus and Malcolm to jam in the family’s single car garage. A few years after high school, they had started AC/DC.
that Rock isn’t a quest for complexity. As Angus Young said himself, they are “a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less.”
the blood moving. There’s a reason guitar teachers assign new students Highway
to Hell, or better yet, Back in Black. You’ll never forget the day you nailed that riff. It’s worked for thousands of budding musicians. It worked for Kurt Cobain.
unlike them, AC/DC is almost affable. Angus Young’s schoolboy outfit exudes mild-manner mischief, and Brian Johnson’s signature tweed cap is about as threatening as a bucolic English Gentleman on a midsummer stroll.
onto the undulating masses of an AC/DC concert and you’ll see retirees with knee braces, parents with their kids, and shaggy teens skipping Family Fish Taco Night to chant Hell’s Bells.
Scott’s demise, they recruited Brian Johnson — a body shop employee side-gigging with rock band Geordie — and they released the best album of their career, Back in Black.
guitar, but Malcolm Young was a mad hatter in his own right. The man was dedicated to AC/DC; everything about the band, from the lyrics to the live show
pyrotechnics, went through him as much as Angus.
hearing problem resolved and Phil Rudd back on the wagon, the timing seemed
ideal. No doubt, they played the late guitarist’s favorite songs: Rock n’ Roll
Damnation, Riff Raff, and Sin City. Tracks from AC/DC’s fifth album, Powerage, which sold poorly in Australia and the USA.
he said in the biography AC/DC: Maximum Rock and Roll. “A lot of real rock and
roll AC/DC fans… I think that's the most underrated album of them all.” With Powerup, AC/DC presents a loving tribute to Malcolm and his titanic contribution to the music. Vinylize is proud to offer something special to go alongside the record
for real fans of Rock n’ Roll.