AC/DC’s 1980 Back in Black Album By Song Topic

The next album we’re looking at is 1980’s Back in Black. This is an utterly epic album.

We’ve got ten categories of lyrical content to choose from (and if none of these fit we’ll create new ones). Our categories so far are; sex, gambling, rocking (the importance of), love, personal power/ego, crime, loneliness parties, the human condition and rejection of social norms.

The Songs

Hells Bells – personal power/ego, supporting lyrical evidence “I’m a rolling thunder, a pouring rain, I’m comin’ on like a hurricane”.  There’s a hint in this song that the personal power experienced is due to demonic assistance “If you’re into evil you’re a friend of mine”.

Shoot to Thrill – sex, supporting lyrical evidence “I got my gun at the ready, gonna fire at will”. It’s important to note here that gun = penis, like in many great rock songs.

What Do You Do for Money Honey – sex, specifically prostitution, supporting lyrical evidence “Never gonna give it for free”.

Given the Dog a Bone – sex, supporting lyrical evidence “She got the power of union”.

Let Me Put My Love into You – love, supporting lyrical evidence “Let me put my love into you, babe, let me cut your cake with my knife”. It’s important to note here that cake = vagina.

Back in Black – personal power/ego, supporting lyrical evidence “Number one with a bullet, I’m a power pack”. In the old days when having a phone ring tone was a thing, mine was Back in Black. I was in Tescos talking to a friend I’d bumped into and coincidentally both our phones rang at the same time. We both had Back in Black as our ring tone. The purpose of this story is to prove that I’m quite cool and so are my friends, even if I do like pie charts.

You Shook Me All Night Long – sex, supporting lyrical evidence “Working double time, on the seduction line”.

Have a Drink on Me – I could categorise this as having parties, a category which so far only has Big Balls in it. However, this song is specifically about alcohol consumption so I’m going to start a new category of alcohol. Supporting lyrical evidence “So join me for a drink boys, we’re gonna make a big noise”.

Shake a Leg – this is a combination of sex and rejection of social norms. Supporting sex lyrical evidence “Big licks, skin flicks, tricky dicks are my chemistry” and “So stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen for me”. Supporting rejection of social norms lyrical evidence “Goin’ against the grain” and “Fighting on the wrong side of the law”.

Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – rocking (the importance of), supporting lyrical evidence “Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t noise pollution, rock ‘n’ roll ain’t gonna die”.

Conclusion – This album is 45% sex, 20% personal power/ego, 10% love, 10% alcohol, 10% rocking (the importance of) and 5% rejection of social norms.

Back In Black by Song Topic

The next album we’ll look at is For Those About to Rock We Salute You.

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