By Joe Bonomo
Published in 1979, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" was once the notorious final album recorded with singer Bon Scott, who died of alcohol poisoning in London in February of 1980. formally chalked as much as "Death by means of Misadventure," Scott's loss of life has eternally secured the album's recognition as a partying primer and a bible for deadly habit, branding the album with the thrill chaos of alcoholic extra and its turn facet, early loss of life. the simplest songs on "Highway To Hell" in attaining Sonic Platonism, translating rock &roll's transcendent beliefs in stomping, dual-guitar and eighth-note bass riffing, a Paleolithic drum mattress, and insanely, recklessly bizarre yet enjoyable vocals. Joe Bonomo moves a three-chord essay at the strength of youth, the sturdiness of rock &roll fandom, and the transformative houses of reminiscence. Why does "Highway To Hell" topic to a person past non-ironic young ones? mixing interviews, research, and memoir with a fan's viewpoint, "Highway To Hell" dramatizes and celebrates a undying album that one critic acknowledged makes "disaster sound just like the top enjoyable within the world."
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Because he believes this stuff, now so do we. The imagery in the second verse is more intimate; we’re in the girl’s bedroom now where she’s preoccupied and scared to turn off the light, fearing noises outside the window and shadows on the blind. Anticipating the second chorus, the verse ends with the singer slipping into her room as she lies nude, as if on a tomb. What’s going on here? Autobiography, or a spec script for a slasher movie? A little of both, likely, given Bon’s personal history and juicy imagination.
Bon? He’s sporting an ugly mullet and uglier denim, but his baseness and tight-jean arrogance is redeemed entirely by his gum-chewing, half-grin, all-amused countenance. This is pretty hilarious, innit? He’s likely drunk, he certainly can’t dance — he looks like the trashy bachelor uncle rocking out at your family picnic — and his stage moves are limited to snaking the mic cord suggestively and striking poses and pointing at the crowd. But those grinning eyes make it all fun, and even half-innocent.
Highway to Hell debuted at 107 on the “Top LP & Tape” chart. From this lowly position the band could barely make out the Top 10 starred brightly at the top by the Knack’s debut, followed by Supertramp (Breakfast in America), the Cars (Candy-O), Donna Summer (Bad Girls), Earth, Wind & Fire (I Am), Electric Light Orchestra (Discovery), Charlie Daniels Band (Million Mile Reﬂections), the Who (The Kids Are Alright), Neil Young (Rust Never Sleeps), and John Stewart (Bombs • 51 • JOE BONOMO Away Dream Babies).