Sunday, February 9, 2014
Episode 1: AC/DC
Tonight’s episode of Sunday Night Videos featured on of my all-time favorite bands--AC/DC. In fact, an argument could be made that they are the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the history of music. Yeah, I said it.
Outside of the big huts that were on the radio during the 1970s and early ‘80s, most of my initial exposure to AC/DC was with Brian Johnson as the lead singer. As AC/DC started to become one of my favorite bands, I dug into the back catalog and really began to understand why AC/DC was one of the greats.
Bon Scott is my favorite lead singer of any band, ever. Not only was his voice unique, but the energy and charisma he brought to every single song was the perfect compliment to the stripped-down, straight ahead sound that has always been the signature of AC/DC.
Of course, I’d be lying if I said that the theatrics of Angus Young and his schoolboy outfit wasn’t a big draw for me as well.
AC/DC will always hold a special place in my heart, as they headlined the very first concert I ever went to. On September 2, 1988, I saw White Lion open up for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour in Springfield, Massachusetts and it changed my life forever. That concert cemented my love of music and of seeing it live.
Tonight’s videos span a good chunk of AC/DC’s career through 1990 and feature some of my favorites, but for a band that’s never released a bad one, you could just close your eyes and pick any five. I stayed away from Your Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black, and Dirty Deeds, as I feel like those are the ones people hear all the time. Here are my picks:
It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
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