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Brian's Bad-Ass AC-DC cover project

(Scott)-this is a good one, listened to the whole thing last night, and as I told Brian I enjoy some of these hard slamming
covers more than the originals.....the Two Cellos thing is beyond amazing (I hope we can get a whole post out of those guys soon, their "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are off the dial as well)....like Brian, I greatly prefer the Bon Scott era AC-DC, for a few reasons, not least of which is that Brian Johnson (formerly of the band Geordie) was chosen simply for his somewhat-similar voice to that of the late Scott, while lacking much of any of the latter's lunatic spirit and self-destructive excitement. Just my two cents worth, I actually saw them two times, once with Scott and once with Johnson, was like seeing the "real" band, followed by a tribute band or something.......anyway, this is a sweet compilation, and does justice to the memory of the late great Bon Scott.....by the way this one is dedicated to my friend Alan H. who has seen the band TWELVE (!) times.......a list of artists I would see 12 times: maybe Liz Phair or Gwen Steffani,or that babe from Lacuna Coil provided it were in my bedroom...
Thanks to Brian for another ingenious creation!
With this AC/DC project, I didn't want to mimic one of the albums or greatest hits packages, just gather a bunch of cool songs. And all of these except one are Bon Scott-era tunes. And it's not that I out-and-out hate the Brian Johnson stuff... it's just it became a different group, and then proceeded to get really overplayed over the last 35 years.

If I may be so bold, this comp fucking rocks!!! Things start out with the group 2Cellos playing "Highway To Hell". Yep, that's a distorted cello you hear riffing along with the guitar. Metal bands Annihilator and Iced Earth turn in great covers. Flipper's "Problem Child" is a glorious and greasy noise-punk mess. German Oi band Oxymoron deliver a great, snarling version of "Dirty Deeds".

Rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry do a great version of "Jailbreak", from an otherwise forgettable rockabilly tribute disc. The 80's Sunset Strip sound shows up with two great cuts by L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat. I really like the Guns' version of "Let There Be Rock". Dead on. I just want to crawl inside that savage guitar tone!

German metal band PostMortem do a great, ugly version of "Sin City". The Dwarves'"Big Balls" is just strangeGuns 'N Roses' dynamite live cover of "Whole Lotta Rosie" is from the Make My Day '88 bootleg. I love that the audience instantly does the "Angus!" line during the intro riff. The DT's are a European blues rock band, and their version of "What's Next To The Moon" (one of my fave album cuts off of Powerage) is killer! Really, really good.

Anthrax's "T.N.T." was recorded live in Chile. It's got a great crunch to it. Aussie band The Beasts Of Bourbon do a perfect version of "Ride On", from their classic The Low Road album. There was good response when I posted that album last year. The live version of "Rocker" is from an unidentified band, but I think you'll agree they kick it's ass! I mean, just demented. Anybody got an idea who it is?

Current retro-rockers Dirty Skirty have a good run at "Girl's Got Rhythm". Death metal band Six Feet Under's "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" is my favorite cut on this comp. Not only is it the only Back In Black song I can still listen to, but those death-style vocals are great! It goes perfectly with the idea of noise pollution! I had to dig to find a good cover of "Riff Raff" (Big Scott's fave AC/DC tune), and finally scored this one from the 2011 touring version of Guns 'N Roses. It ain't like it was, but they do it justice, and Axl definitely has some guitar heroes onstage with him. The video is on YouTube.

Capture A Lag do a great, grooving excerpt of "The Jack", that I then use as an intro into The Wolf Blues Band's unintentionally hilarious take on the song. I don't know where they're from, but listening to those heavily-accented choruses of "Sheez goht ze Jack!"....I damn near pissed myself! Good harmonica playing, though. And to end on an even funnier note, I've included Jim Breuer's brilliant send-up, the "AC/DC Hokey Pokey". 

1.) 2Cellos - Highway To Hell
2.) Annihilator- Live Wire
3.) Iced Earth - It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)
4.) Flipper - Problem Child
5.) Oxymoron - Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
6.) Full Blown Cherry - Jailbreak
7.) L.A. Guns - Let There Be Rock
8.) PostMortem - Sin City
9.) Faster Pussycat - If You Want Blood (You Got It)
10.) The Dwarves - Big Balls
11.) Guns 'N Roses - Whole Lotta Rosie
12.) The DT's - What's Next To The Moon
13.) Anthrax - T.N.T.
14.) Beasts Of Bourbon - Ride On
15.) ???? - Rocker
16.) Dirty Skirty - Girl's Got Rhythm
17.) Six Feet Under - Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution 
18.) Guns 'N Roses (2011) - Riff Raff
19.) Capture A Lag feat. Magic C - The Jack (Intro)
20.) The Wolf Blues Band - The Jack
21.) Jim Breuer - AC/DC Hokey Pokey

The bonus link for this post is an album by an S-N-L alumnus. I haven't thought any of his movies have been funny for years, but I've always thought his albums are funnier anyway.

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