AC/DC In The Studio For Highway To Hell 35th Anniversary (A Top Story)
The show sent over these details: In August 1979 a lot of North American rock music fans had no idea that Highway to Hell was the Australian-based AC/DC's fifth studio album, and that their long-suffering U.S. record label was getting frustrated by the band's lack of sales.
Short on money but with a full tank of steely determination, armed with a demo tape containing Highway to Hell , the band found and secured a young South African producer named "Mutt" Lange. Lead guitarist Angus Young recounts to InTheStudio host Redbeard:
"We actually had written most of the songs in a weekend for Highway to Hell... We snuck in the rehearsal studio...we put a tape together and sent it to Mutt Lange and he said, 'Look, I hear what you're trying to do. I'm sure I can do you a great job'."
The result was a rock masterpiece complete with the title track "Highway to Hell", "Girl's Got Rhythm", "Shot Down In Flames", "If You Want Blood" which all to quickly became rock classics. But as rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young recalls, tragically, colorful lead singer Bon Scott would only get to enjoy the worldwide success of Highway to Hell (certified seven million sold in the US) for another eight short months.
"Bon was unlucky, he just happened to fall asleep with his head in the wrong position from a big night of drinking... Bon wasn't a rockstar like Jim Morrison. Bon was a rock and roller. He lived that lifestyle, he didn't act that lifestyle."
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