Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Night Video

There's a reason Guitar Hero and Rock Band became so popular in the last two years...and that reason is this song. Or at least a handful of other songs just like it---the kind of song that makes you really wish you were looking out over a sea of people...their firsts pumping in unison with the power chords being belted out from your guitar. I don't think any other band, with the possible exception of The Who, has more songs that fit this bill than AC/DC. At their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler described their power chords as "the thunder from down under that gives you the second-most-powerful surge that can flow through your body." The first is cum. He's talking about cum.

Angus Young, while instantly recognizable for his kitschy schoolboy-uniform outfits and his charismatic duck walk, is also one hell of a guitar player, coming in at an undervalued #96 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time. From "Back in Black" to "You Shook Me All Night Long" to "T.N.T.", Angus has gotten to duck walk his way through some of the best pure guitar rock songs in history. For my money, though, "Thunderstuck" is the most electrifying rock anthem of the last 20 years. The opening sizzles and never relents. I can't play a guitar worth a lick, but after being stuck on this song for the last few days, I think I just might add the special AC/DC Rock Band add-on. I would attempt to do the duck walk, but I live in a NYC apartment. I would get two steps and have to pivot back. That kind of kills the mood, you know? Anyway, this shit rocks.


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