Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Retro Video of the Week: "Back in Black" by AC/DC

Tomorrow marks the 33rd anniversary since AC/DC released the Back in Black album.  It was their first with new lead singer Brian Johnson after the untimely death of Bon Scott earlier that year.  If there was any worry of a letdown, those worries were quickly put to rest and have been continuously put to rest for 33 years.  Back in Black has gone on to sell 50 million albums worldwide, making it tied for the second highest-selling album of all-time, the sixth highest-selling album in the U.S. (certified 22x Platinum), tied with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon as the highest-selling album by a band, and, of course, the highest-selling album by a hard rock band and highest-selling album by an Australian band.  And all of this is without having a song reach higher than #35 on the Billboard charts ("You Shook Me All Night Long").

From head to toe -- or, I should say, from "Hells Bells" to "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution -- Back in Black is a fantastic album.  For this week's video, I decided to go with the title track, which kicks off the second side of the album.  The song was written as a tribute to Scott, and it is without a doubt one of the best hard rock songs ever.  I've always loved those six crunchy guitar strums at the beginning of the song because they're so subdued, but they let you know that the thunder is about to rain down.  Interesting tidbit:  after the song was released on iTunes in 2012 -- over 30 years after it was originally released -- it reached #27 on the UK charts.  Now that is staying power.

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