AC/DC was on a roll by this point. Led by the awesome and charismatic singer Bon Scott, they began unleashing some excellent Hard/Heavy Rock music material that only got them more and more attention. This is their second major release after their first album High Voltage. The name of the title track and album was nabbed from an old 1960s Australian cartoon. Let’s launch into this album and hear what we have on offer.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap begins with those loud and powerful Gibson SG guitars we know and love from AC/DC. This instantly sounds exciting and superb. Soon enough, Bon Scott launches into a dirty and top tune that climaxes in a song that exudes the sexuality of the male kind. A very stunning and amazing performance throughout, the whole band sounds as one and in fine form. A simple, yet very catchy piece of music. The amazing guitar solo is really nicely played by guitarist Angus Young, and just sounds really great and top. An awesome tune about the dirtiest sexual endeavours, this is something that would not go down very well today. Very memorable, and the conclusion is awesome. Simple, yet powerful music. It ends with a bloodcurdling scream.
Love at First Feel begins with some straightforward guitar playing, pounding kick drums and a real atmosphere of excitement. The song quickly begins, launching into a really cool and raunchy piece that would be considered shocking today in our postmodern politically correct world. In any case, this is a good song to listen to about male sexual endeavours. A very out there statement, this is followed by an unusual sounding Angus Young electric guitar solo that paints the picture musically. A really cool piece of music, although this may put off a lot of women out there, due to its (potentially) sexist nature. This is a good three-minute-long song, and proof that early on, AC/DC was great. The screaming vocals and great guitar licks end this song in the fade-out.
Big Balls is next and begins with some really cool descending guitar riffs from Angus Young before the rest of the band enters. Bon Scott uses a fake British accent, perhaps in imitation of the Queen or Margaret Thatcher, and this is a hilarious and raunchy song. Fortunately, this song is a good one and the hilarious nature of this song is really cool. The song imagery is pretty graphic but funny. A good two and a half minute tune, it is pretty out there. Nice effort regardless. It has a chaotic outro that falls apart.
Rocker comes next and sounds amazing. It’s a sped-up and a proto/pseudo-Thrash Metal piece in its own way. In any case, this is another short, awesome and upbeat piece about living the Rock and Roll life. A really great listening experience, this sounds top and outstanding. The manic nature of the song and the blazing guitar solos will take you by surprise. Although simplistic, this is a great song to hear. There is a false ending in the second half before this super fast piece gets going again. An enjoyable and energetic piece for the mosh pit crowds, it fades out gradually at the end.
Problem Child begins with some loud and powerful guitar riffs that sound really fun and fantastic. A really fun and fine listen, this sounds very cool and classy. The song itself is loud, powerful and punchy, and is something that deserves to be cranked up loud in your local neighbourhood or in the car to annoy others. This is a very good AC/DC tune, complete with a fantastic Led Zeppelin style guitar solo, although it is clearly AC/DC here, not Jimmy Page, playing away. The riffs here are both enormous and wonderful sounding, just showcasing the excellence of AC/DC. Bon Scott puts in one of his best performances on this album in this song, and he illuminates the dark and murky nature of the lyricism. A fantastic guitar solo emerges in the second half, just sounding like Angus Young could really play. AC/DC at this point had nothing but an awesome future ahead of them, and the confidence and playing in these songs are undeniably awesome. It gets chaotic at the end, before finishing with hi-hats galore before the chords from the start of the song conclude this awesome number. Nice work.
There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’ begins with some very bluesy sounding Rock guitar riffs from the Young brothers before Bon Scott launches into a good piece that sounds fairly aged today musically. Still, this is a good song, without being a great one. The guitar solo is also fitting for this piece, being more expressive and groove-based rather than shredding away. All the same, a very good song and this does sound top in its own way. The song is a little repetitive, but fortunately, it is only three minutes long. A good and short piece of music by AC/DC. Good, powerful and decent music is here.
Ain’t No Fun (Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire) is the longest song on this album at nearly seven minutes in length. It begins with some great guitar work (both rhythm and lead guitars) and quickly launches into another very good AC/DC classic song. Bon Scott then launches into his singing, where he illuminates the need for one to get rich quick. An interesting song, and yes, everyone wants to be a millionaire, so this song makes perfect sense. This is a slow burner of a song and it takes a while to get going, but it is catchy and can induce headbanging. This sort of music could have easily been a good rival for the brewing Punk scene at the time, and although the male promiscuity may frighten some, this is good music regardless. The chorus is reassuring, and the whole song is nicely constructed for its simplicity. In the second half, the whole thing speeds up a little, and this song gets really punchy and interesting. A good song, but once again, maybe not quite a great song, although AC/DC was getting better and better at this point. Regardless, there is no need to skip this song whatsoever, it is thoroughly enjoyable and a strong effort compared to what other bands could do. Towards the end, this gets intense sounding, on the way to the fade-out.
Ride On begins with some soft hi-hats and snare drum hits, soft guitars and a bit of a leftfield moment from AC/DC. This is a good listen about sexual endeavours that perhaps Bon Scott and AC/DC would participate in. A really unusual sounding piece from AC/DC, this is as close as early AC/DC went towards musical experimentation, which they are not known for at all. A raunchy, yet subdued guitar solo emerges, before returning back into the main song. This is a very weird listening experience, and it does sound like a strange effort by the group. Around the middle, some distant chanting enters this song and although this song isn’t really the best of AC/DC, the guitar solo makes up for that quite clearly. It is emotional and great listening from the group, and there is a lot of suspense in this song. A good and easy listening piece from AC/DC, this sounds quite classy musically. It ends with a slowed-down conclusion. Not bad.
Squealer is the final track on this album. It begins with some more iconic and loud guitar parts which grace the first part of the song. Soon into it, the guitars die off, leaving the bass guitar and drums to play on. Bon Scott enters with his usual sexually motivated lyrics, and the rest of the band follows. This is about a woman’s first-time sexual experience with a man. A really interesting and quite funny listen, this is very out there in terms of lyricism and music combined together. Angus Young plays another awesome guitar solo, and he makes this piece come alive. A really cool and out there tune, there are plenty of wailing guitar parts with pinch harmonics to squeal away nicely, matching the lyricism of this song. An interesting and unique listening experience, the epic guitar parts ensure that Angus Young’s legacy in Rock music survives very well to this day. A great effort, and worth every second of listening, all the way through to the fade out.
Although this is not the greatest AC/DC album ever made, it is definitely worth hearing and should be something that fans of Hard Rock and/or Heavy Metal should embrace. Everything about this album is excellently done, from Bon Scott’s raunchy singing and lyricism, to Angus Young’s guitar solos and the rest of the group’s driving rhythm sections. Not a bad listen, and quite an amusing listen as well.
Dirty, sexual and raunchy.