To dare question the might and majesty of AC/DC in Australia is to risk being pelted to death with empty bourbon bottles.
They are an iconic, much-loved band, titans of popular music. They are Australia’s most successful international act, for decades. Not just success: AC/DC has street cred as well. They have a lane-way in Melbourne named after them. Bon Scott, lead singer in the band’s glory years, has a bronze statue in Fremantle. People come to see it, and all. The hip and young as well as the plump, middle-aged and nostalgic love them.
Now. I am happy for AC/DC that they followed their dreams and made a lot of money and in course of doing so thrilled millions of fans. I am sad for Bon Scott that he drank himself to death. I remember when they burst onto the scene with “Long Way to the Top” and a surfie’s panel-van-full of other hits. I quite liked them then. But I was eight years old then. I have moved on.
Not that they need me. Their early records are valuable collectors’ items. I have this track only because it appeared on Explosive Hits ’75, one of those compilations the record companies used to put out each summer. This LP makes for strange listening now: Al Martino, the Bay City Rollers, Frankie Valli … and AC/DC! This is their take on the blues-rock classic “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Me, I think they make a meal out of it. A Jim Beam bottle flies overhead, shattering on the wall behind me. But this is Planet Vinyl. Ignore me, and just listen!
- Artist: AC/DC
- Album: Explosive Hits ’75 (compilation of various artists)
- Track: A6 “Baby Please Don’t Go”
- Format: 12”, 33⅓ rpm, vinyl
- Label: HMV
- Made in: Australia
- Catalogue: TVSS.19
- Year: 1975