For the second straight year, I am going to participate in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.
If you are unfamiliar with the challenge (or too lazy to follow the link), here are the general rules: Each day of April (excluding Sundays), we write about a topic beginning with a different letter. April 1st’s post should have a topic beginning with A, April 2nd’s should begin with B, and so on.
Last year, I was 25 for 26 (including one day that I re-blogged something), which is pretty good, but I’ll try to be perfect this time around.
I needed a good A topic, and I didn’t want to be lazy and just use “April.” (If I’m going to write 26 posts this month, I’m sure laziness will come into play, but I didn’t want to start out that way.) If I’m going to write 26 posts this month, I’m going to need some musical inspiration. And it just so happens that the name of the band I’m going to turn to for that inspiration begins with an A!
I decided to talk about the rock band AC/DC. One time in college, one of my friends went on a bit of a drunken rant about the virtues of the band. His basic point was this: When you listen to AC/DC, you know what you’re going to get: A bad ass song that rocks.
He was right. AC/DC isn’t going to give you a whiny love song, and they’re not going to help you get in touch with your feelings. The song is going to be loud and hard; the type of music you’d want to listen to while doing 80 MPH on an open highway.
Despite the band having two prominent lead singers in its history, there aren’t that many heated debates as to which one was better. Fans of Van Halen will often have strong opinions on David Lee Roth versus Sammy Hagar (I’m Team Hagar all the way!), but you don’t often see the same intensity discussing Bon Scott and Brian Johnson.
Part of the reason is probably because Scott died rather than being fired. (He was actually a fan of Johnson’s) The other reason is that the two men sound almost identical, and the band’s style wasn’t forced to change with the switch.
But you can decide for yourself. Here are the videos for “Highway to Hell” and “Moneytalks.”