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Ep.37 – Back In Black (AC/DC)

Prepare to be transported to the electrifying world of rock and roll as we dissect the legendary AC/DC album ‘Back in Black,’ an iconic masterpiece that rocked the world and spun it on its head. This classic album, produced through painstaking effort, sold 50 million copies!!!!! AC/DC revolved around brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young. The creation of Back In Black marked the debut of singer Brian Johnson and a new era for AC/DC, catalysed by the tragic death of previous singer Bon Scott.

The McCartney In Goal team take an unruly swagger through the 10 tracks of this album considering the hidden gems such as ‘Shake A Leg’ and ‘Have A Drink On Me’, as well as the monster hits ‘Back In Black’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’. They delve into the fascinating stories behind your favourite songs…………. The creative process behind the anthem ‘Back in Black’ is particularly noteworthy, as the band had to fight with the record company to keep the plain black sleeve.

‘Back in Black’ contains a controversial ‘sexism trilogy’, a set of songs at the end of side one that sparks significant debate. Despite the controversy, the undeniable soul and funk shines through. Each track contributes to the overall dynamism of the album.

The podcast discussion also ventures into the roles of AC/DC’s founding members, the Young Brothers and Bon Scott, whose emigration to Australia shaped the band’s future. We examine the band leadership of Malcolm Young and its pivotal role in AC/DC’s success.

The story of AC/DC’s search for a new singer after Bon Scott’s death is particularly moving. The album ‘Back in Black’, recorded in 1980, was challenging to produce, and Brian Johnson’s first vocal on the album ‘Hells Bells’ marks the new era of AC/DC. This transitional period for the band underscores their resilience and commitment to their craft.

The McCartney In Goal’s team appreciation of ‘Back in Black’ also extends to a grand debate to crown their favourite song from the album, revealing their own biases and personal stories.

Whether you’re an AC/DC devotee or simply a music enthusiast looking to broaden your horizons, MiG’s exploration of ‘Back in Black’ offers a treat for all. Its indelible mark on the annals of rock history makes it an essential listen for anyone interested in the genre. So put on your headphones and get ready to rock as we embark on this ultimate deep dive into AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black.’


00:00:01 – Welcome to Back In Black: AC/DC

00:14:02 – Famous People, Vinyl Collecting, and AC/DC

00:26:25 – AC/DC’s Search for a New Singer

00:31:28 – Brian Johnson recording an Album With ACDC

00:42:04 – The Wake

00:57:35 – Discussion on AC/DC’s Songs and Sound

01:04:22 – Appreciating “Back in Black”

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