Vinyl–“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC


In the US, this album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC wasn’t available until 1981. Unfortunately lead singer Bon Scott had passed away a year earlier. However, the album still stands as a hard rock classic.

Fans of hard rock, fans of AC/DC will want to get their hands on this 2003 re-issue. There is a reason songs like the title track, “Big Balls,” and “Rocker” still get listeners excited for classic tracks by AC/DC. The album, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” peaked as high as No.4 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The heavy and iconic guitar riffs, the pounding drums and the often ribald humor are trademarks of a band that keeps things simple, but also thunderous.

AC/DC is a band with a long history, and their characteristic sound has proven influential to other bands. The group’s almost five-decade history finds AC/DC staying true to the sound and themes they were known for. The band can be counted on for stomping songs that are easy to sing along with. Case in point, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” The song’s grounding on a heavy drum riff during the verses, with the guitar and bass coming in more fully during the chorus, gives the song a distinctive sound. The instrumentation coupled with Scott’s piercing vocals adds to the unique qualities of AC/DC.

The passage of time have brought challenges to the lineup of AC/DC. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” captures a moment in time when a band known for just rocking out, was still kind of new, with a plethora of thundering hits to electrify the world.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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