366 DAYS OF METAL: “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” (AC/DC)

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Vinyl Confessions: MULLET ROCK

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Some good classic hard rock from an era most refer to as “hair rock”, “butt rock” and “dad rock”, but I lovingly refer to as “mullet rock”. As someone who had more than one mullet in his teenage years (and Recovering Adolescent years), I wear that as a badge. Anyway, here are the ones in my collection thus far…
acdc - dirty deeds done dirt cheep
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep
Obviously the American release version, with that cover and track listing. This is a bluesy hard rock classic, with several cuts that just lends itself to the format it’s printed on. The title track, “Rocker”, “Problem Child”, “Ride On”, and let’s not forget the middle school boy giggle-fest that is “Big Balls”…
acdc - for those about to rock
AC/DC – For Those About To Rock
This is the album that had to follow the juggernaut that was Back In Black (wondering why I don’t have that one on vinyl yet? So am I…looking to rectify that). This is still a solid album, though there’s really only two that are immediately recognizable as AC/DC classics: the title track, and “Let’s Get It Up”. Otherwise, there are some good rocking deeper cuts on this…
acdc - fly on the wall
AC/DC – Fly On The Wall
At this point, I’m pretty sure the band knew they weren’t going to hit the heights that was Back In Black, but they were okay with that. This one has some good cuts on here, including the title track, “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations”; this is probably when the phrase “It’s an AC/DC album” was sufficient to describe any release of theirs at this point in the game…
sammy hagar - voa
I’m not a fan of Sammy Hagar. I am a listener of Sammy Hagar, though; meaning, I’m familiar with the hits he’s written. I’ve never owned an actual full album…well, I take that back. There was the low-budget live album on cassette that I never listened to. But, I got this particular album because I kept seeing it at the shop for months, just sitting there, forlorn and lonely, like a homeless kitty at a shelter. So…yeah, I gave it a good home. Also, there is the first track, “I Can’t Drive 55″…
ANTHRAX -- I'm the man
ANTHRAX – I’m The Man
Okay, so, not technically falling under the proper “Mullet Rock” tag, but as of this writing, this was the closest thing to fitting in with the others in my collection. Decent enough EP, though the live cuts are a bit on the thin side production-wise…

Hard Rock + Proto-Metal FEBRUARY: AC/DC

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ac-dc logoYou may note that I decided to go with six song selections (alteration!) instead of the standard three with today’s instalment in this Year Of Metal. This is because, when it comes to AC/DC, they have two very unique and distinctive classic eras: the Bon Scot era, and the Brian Johnson era. It seemed only fitting to sample from both eras.

Since the Young brothers brought AC/DC to life, they’ve been supplying us with their brand of stylized high-octane rock and roll that has found fans in more than just one genre. The Bon Scott-led AC/DC brought an energy and attitude to a time where pop music was overrun by bloated prog rock, Milquetoast adult contemporary and shiny disco. They brought a swift kickin the arse with three chords, a back beat, and a smile. Despite Bon Scott’s untimely death as they were poised to take over the world, they soldiered on with Brian Johnson and released one of–if not the–greatest hard rock albums of all time: Back In Black. This is the album that’s pretty much issued to you once you decide you’re going to be a hard rock fan. Through the years, the argument can be made that they just release the same sounding material, but somehow this works in their favor, as you know exactly what you’ll be getting when you purchase an AC/DC album: Pure, unadulterated rock n’ roll awesome.

Bon Scott era:
“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock And Roll)”

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep”

“If You Want Blood (You Got It)”

Brian Johnson era:
“Back In Black”

“For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”

“Shake Your Foundations”