The band managed to draw attention from many recording companies and soon signed a contract with Atlantic Records. They have always focused on capturing the true raw sound of their instruments on all of their recordings. In 2009 the box set Backtracks was released, which included the best songs of the band and rare records. Numerous candidates were put forward but the one who stood out was vocalist Brian Johnson, a Georgia boy, who has remained the lead singer with the group ever since. Kicked in the Teeth The brilliant 's yo-yoing dynamic - rock monsters followed by seductively mid-paced strollers - was perhaps best exemplified by Up To My Neck In You and Kicked In The Teeth. This group influenced the music of multitudes of leading bands playing most various kinds of hard rock. Fly on the Wall, released in 1985, was far less worthy than its predecessors.
Kicked In The Teeth and Walk All Over You are two of my favourite songs of theirs. Over the next twenty years, the band only released a further six albums of new material, including a period of eight years when they released nothing new at all. He hangs on to stuff a bit longer and slides in and out, whereas Malcolm just fucking hits it. Angus is a bit more cruisey than Malcolm. The group have sold almost 200 million albums worldwide and are considered at the forefront of the heavy metal genre.
Moreover, despite not releasing any new material for six years, or touring since 2003, the group was the sixth highest earning Australian entertainers in 2006. Go Down The swaggering opening track on starts with the sound of a whisky-guzzling Bon counting in the intro. In 2002, the band signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music. . The best song from the album, You Shook Me All Night Long, devoted to the memory of Bon Scott, became one of the hard rock strongest hits ever. After a long pause, the musicians came back to their fans with the new studio album Black Ice 2008.
The band went on an 18-month long tour to promote the album, playing to over five million people by the time the tour ended in Spain in June 2010. I remember shaking when the band played this song in Fort Worth, Texas. They write and arrange songs so that they can deliver them to their audience with massive electric intensity. In the 1990s, the band only released three albums. Both albums were released in Australia and New Zealand.
A good riff you can play over and over again, and Malcolm wrote a lot of that music. If there's any band that personifies the pursuit of rock'n'roll in its purest sense, it's Aussie larrikins. When it was played live as The Razors Edge tour , thousands of 'Angus Bucks' were dropped on the audience as the song climaxed, with Young replacing George Washington as the face of the currency. In the same year, they released Blow Up Your Video, a good album with the hit Heatseeker, one of the Top 20 singles in the British charts. Colin Burgess the first to be go, followed by Dave Evans who was replaced by Bon Scott. When they did decide to carry on, the task of replacing Scott seemed insurmountable.
After that, Phil Rudd quit the band. One of loyal supporters advised them to try Brian Johnson. In the solo, Angus pulls off one of the best examples of pinched harmonics ever recorded. That was one of the greatest contributions to the world rock legacy of all times. In 1976, they signed a deal with Atlantic Records, followed by a European tour, supporting established hard rock acts such as Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and Aerosmith. But you never know with those two. Their first vocalist Dave Evans was quickly replaced by the future world superstar Bon Scott.
The vocal is Bon at his best: it's a nasty, lascivious performance. Bon and Angus are the down and dirty Lennon and McCartney. The group line was to change several times before they found fame. Such is their continued popularity, that they regularly rack up album sales of over a million a year, even when they do not release new material. For the best part of five decades they've ploughed a singularly individual furrow, ignoring whatever the mainstream had to offer, letting fads and fashions pass by untroubled. And everywhere else you'd find his younger brother , as capable of incendiary soloing as he is at churning out epoch-defining riffs. The kind of songs you can play at weddings, where people who profess to hate rock music will bellow along with enormous, joyous gusto.
By this time, guitarist Angus Young had adopted the school-uniform stage outfit that remains to this day. Of course, the release of that album is connected with the eponymous movie Iron Man 2 and it is worth mentioning that they really complement each other. To me it sounded like something was wrong, like it was too close to my face. What a great double entendre for a song title, too. Cold Hearted Man Cold Hearted Man only made it to the initial vinyl pressings of Powerage when the album was released in Europe, but was removed from later additions as the band genuinely hated it. And then there's the singers, both extraordinary: the lascivious, menacing, comical and his replacement, the jocular, razor-throated. Since their earliest days in Sydney to their current incarnation as one of the world's biggest selling artists, their course has been unwavering.
They appeared to warm to the song over the years, however, and it subsequently also appeared on the compilation album Backtracks in 2009 and on the Iron Man 2 soundtrack album a year later. The group agonised over whether to continue or not. After a short audition, they agreed to welcome him as the new singer. The first album recorded with Johnson, was the magnificent Back in Black, released in 1980. There is so much attitude in that solo and I love his vibrato.
They are even considering going on the road again. The next few years saw the band release an album every 12-18 months. Instead, they've concentrated on riff and rhythm, allying one of rock's most rock-solid musicians to one of its most live-wire performers. I really like a song from their first record. Then came another successful album, The Razor's Edge 1990.