It's a long way to the top...


Posted On: Monday - February 15th 2021 8:39PM MST
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... but we'll need that Rock & Roll!

I'm pretty sure we have featured this AC/DC song before [FOUND IT!* - Ed] on Peak Stupidity. I listened to this song with my boy this evening, and it sure lifted my spirits. I don't know how it's all going to go down, but if we, real Americans, are to get back to the top in this country, we're going to need this kind of rock & roll behind us.

OK, the "hotel, motel" lyric reminded me of this song, as I wrote that last post. We've featured songs** by artists that have written songs bemoaning or celebrating the life of a rock & roller on the road in the post Rock & Roll Never Forgets. This is one I'd forgotten about that could have been in that post. Though the lyrics make this into one of the "bemoaning" songs, the music sure says otherwise.

If there's going to be a revolution, I want AC/DC to be on the soundtrack with It's a long way to the top.



This song is from 1975 and the band's T.N.T. album - here's another one from that album. Per this Australian News site article from 5 years ago, this video was made February 23rd in 1976, just about 45 years back. Do you see the Australia of 1976?! Look at that civilized white country they've got there, and that freedom - they just up and rented that flat-bed and filmed the video while going down Swanston Street in downtown Melbourne.

You don't hear much bagpipe rock, do you? Bon Scott, this singer and occasional bagpipe player, who started singing with AC/DC in October of 1974, died of some sort of drug thing just about 41 years ago today.

Bon Scott – lead vocals, bagpipes
Angus Young – lead guitar
Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Mark Evans – bass guitar
Phil Rudd – drums

Our favorite youtube comment:
Kevin Pippin 6 months ago
My neighbor broke my window with a brick so he can hear this song better.



* Ha! That was from a 2 years back post, so I don't feel so bad for not being sure. I was my same self then, as I pasted in that SAME COMMENT off youtube. (Weirdly, youtube said then that it was a 4 m/o comment by a different guy, Richard Bain. Mr. Pippin worded it slightly differently. Sorry, Mr. Pippin, but Mr. Bain's wording is better.)

** The sentence is convoluted because I mean that we discussed those songs but featured other songs by the same artists simply because they were better.

Comments:
Adam Smith
Tuesday - February 16th 2021 4:32PM MST
PS: Good evening everyone...

Mr. Blanc, if you wanted to share audio files from a CD it's a little bit of a process. First you would have to "rip" the files from your CD and create .mp3 (or some other such) files. Then you would have to upload them somewhere so you could share a link.

I found a few of their songs on youtube, there are probably more...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_rRv6mnzU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDppmIicknY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJf0d2OVnHs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHuvPGsmVDo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pw69XpVacFk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr1esVG-lxM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmpekoXSTtU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlsBywfPBo8

I hope you and Mme are staying warm and I hope you have a nice evening.


MBlanc46
Tuesday - February 16th 2021 12:33PM MST
PS I don’t know whether the Rogues would count as bagpipe rock, but they played bagpipes (for which I have a particular affection) and they rocked. Four guys, from Rice University (if memory serves). The percussionist was incredible. Mme and I saw them at the University of Chicago Folk Festival a good decade ago. I bought the CD that they were peddling, Rogue Trip. I’d post a track if I knew how to post audio files.
Moderator
Tuesday - February 16th 2021 11:08AM MST
PS: I like that "furniture sized stereo" description, GGGfP. I remember some of it that was not just furniture sized but made out of nice wood too, as a piece of furniture, from my parents. I wish they hadn't have gotten rid of it.
Gorilla Glue Girl For President
Tuesday - February 16th 2021 10:52AM MST
PS TNT and Rock N' Roll Singer, Beatin' Around the Bush, Walk All Over You.
It sounds like some supercharged 1950's rock if you listen closely.
Wild "conspiracy theories" surround Bon's demise regarding the devil and drugs.
Older brothers exposed me to this stuff before kindergarten back in the vinyl and furniture sized stereo days.
The real USA and may it rise again.
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