Sunday, May 6, 2018

AC/DC – "Highway to Hell" (1979)

No stop signs
Or speed limit
Nobody's gonna slow me down . . .
I’m on the highway to hell!

When someone describes a drive as “hellish,” you’re thinking stop-and-go traffic due to lots of stop signs and stoplights, or road construction, or simply too much traffic volume.

But if there was a highway to hell and you were driving on it, wouldn’t you want the traffic to be moving as slowly as possible?  

If you’re driving to hell, you’re in no hurry to arrive – correct?  You want the trip to take as long as it can.

Or is it better just to get the journey over with?  If you’re going to spend all eternity in hell either way, isn’t it better to have the drive there at least be pleasant?

As King Yul I of Siam once said, “It’s a puzzlement.”

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“Highway to Hell” – which is a quintessential hard-rock anthem – was the first track of AC/DC’s 1979 album of the same name.  

That was the last AC/DC album to feature lead singer Bon Scott, who died the next year at age 33.  (The authorities said the cause of his death was acute alcohol poisoning, but the author of a biography of Scott believes he died as a result of aspirating his own vomit following a heroin overdose.)

Here’s “Highway to Hell”:

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