Monday, November 19th, 2012

Should You Buy All 778 AC/DC Songs Now Available On iTunes?

After years of holding out as "refuseniks," the great Australian heavy metal band AC/DC has finally made their catalogue available through iTunes. "Sixteen studio albums, four live albums and three compilations, which have sold more than 150 million physical copies worldwide," as the BBC reports—a total of 778 songs. Now, if there was ever a band for which you did not need to buy 778 songs it is AC/DC. I love them with all my heart, but they are pretty clearly the band being referred to in the scene in Spinal Tap when a record review says, "The musical growth rate of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry." There is no shame in having your favorite AC/DC song be from the Brian Johnson era as opposed to that of Bon Scott; it need not be a cause for embarrassment because the band has changed so little—not at all, really—over its 39 years of existence. All AC/DC songs are basically the same song. Again, I don't mean this as a criticism: there is such a thing as repeatedly mining the brilliance, accented only by very subtle differences, out of a simple formula. AC/DC, I would argue, has done this more successfully than any other band in the history of rock n' roll. That said, Bon Scott will rule in hell forever. What's the one to start, and maybe stop, with? How about "Jailbreak?"

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Provocateur Chuck Eddy once correctly described AC/DC (I paraphrase from a hazy memory) as the most punk band next to The Fall. (I think the latter has more staying power). That said, I wish AC/DC (the ultimate singles rock band) insisted on full length downloads only, just to screw with people.

laurel (#4,035)

@Patrick Bryant@twitter: I assert that AC/DC is neither a punk band or a heavy metal band, but a pop band. My Australian friend vehemently disagrees but one time, when drunk, she conceded that I had a point.

@laurel I'd love to reply to the pop v. punk distinction, but I fear I might accidentally drop in a postmodern philosophy reference, so we'll leave it be. NO FAIR CITING AN AUSSIE FRIEND (Arguing by authority!)

lexalexander (#2,960)

One man's ""The musical growth rate of this band cannot even be charted. They are treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry." is another man's "Do one thing. Do it well."

And although I realize this is heresy, "Back in Black," the album, actually hangs together pretty well as an album.

Johnnie R (#23,844)

First Song, first album: greatest. Ever. The other 777 just copy that greatness.

I encourage you to enjoy the following piece of inspired writing: THE MEMBERS OF AC/DC CONVENE TO CREATE SONG TITLES FOR A NEW ALBUM

Dave Bry (#422)

That is excellent. Thanks, Daniel.

A quibble: "Eat My Fist" sounds less AC/DC to me than Limp Biskit. (And it saddens me to have to put those two bands in the same sentence.)

gfrblxt (#11,113)

If I had to pick one…."Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap". Actually, "Touch Too Much." Or maybe "Can I Sit Next To You Girl." I think it's time for Mr. Bry to do an AC/DC "Listicle w/o Commentary".

@lexalexander: Agree about the album "Back in Black". People (or whatever's around then) will still be listening to this 200 years from now.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

Thank goodness! I can now finally get all of the album cover art downloaded from iTunes to match the legally created MP3s I have made from all of the AC/DC albums I legally own!

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