#197: Highway to Hell by AC/DC


Highway to Hell by AC/DC (1979)

Favorite Tracks: "Highway to Hell" and "Walk All Over You" and "Touch Too Much" and "Shot Down in Flames" and "Get it Hot" and "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" and "Love Hungry Man" and "Night Prowler"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) Our first AC/DC album!  Huzzahs all around! (This is our first AC/DC album, right?  I'm not just hallucinating?)  I know what you're thinking.  Highway to Hell?  What an un-Christmasy album and un-Christmasy band!  As for the album name, I can't disagree with you.  But the band!  The band name will forever make me think of Christmas, due to a little something they had nothing to do with called AD/BC: A Rock Opera.  Have you seen it?  You should.  Especially if you like Jesus Christ Superstar.  Or The IT Crowd.  Or The Mighty Boosh.  Ok, I'll stop.  Just watch it.

Anyway, I'm not very familiar with AC/DC at all.  I mean, I loved dancing to "You Shook Me All Night Long" at each of my school dances, and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" will always make me think of The Simpsons:

And I know the choruses to "T.N.T." and "It's a Long Way to the Top" and can air guitar the hell out of "Back in Black."  And I can't hear "Highway to Hell" without thinking of School of Rock or Supernatural.  However.  For about 3 years I attributed Free's song "All Right Now" to AC/DC.  I know that one of its members where's a little boy's school uniform, and that maybe they had to replace a lead singer?  The hours I spent watching VH1 countdowns and Behind-the-Music's have all muddled together over the year.  Anyway.  AC/DC is one of the greatest rock bands of all time.  I expect to love the hell out of this album.  Let's get on that highway!

(Post-Listening) Hearing "Highway to Hell" immediately makes me feel better.  Such a kickass song and kickass guitar riff.  Classic CLASSIC rock.  As for the rest of the album, it's great.  No complaints.  Even though the title track is on the side A, I preferred the songs on side B a whole lot more.  "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" and "Love Hungry Man" and "Night Prowler" made me pay attention and listen a lot more than the tracks before them.

In the end, if I could reach for this or Meatloaf, I'd pick Meatloaf.  But if it was between most rock bands today and this album, Highway would be my pick.  So, in the span of the history of rock and roll, it's really good, but in the span of the 70s, I don't think it would be at the top of my lists.  Does that make any sense?  It's great music, I really like it.  I just won't be getting any tattoos of AC/DC lyrics or putting them on my Karaoke Songs to Try Before I Die list.

Is This Better Than Bad?:  Not to me, but I would never dispute it's placement.  It's an important album to be sure.


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