AC/DC – Touch Too Much

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Touch/Feel.

From their 1979 album, Highway To Hell. The song reached #29 on the UK’s singles chart in 1980. It did not chart in America.

From Songfacts

This is about the dangers of excess, which the band was quite familiar with. They were notorious for their wild parties, girls, and drinking. Lead singer Bon Scott drank himself to death six months after this was released.
Released as a single, this became just the second AC/DC song to chart in the UK, following “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation,” which made #24.
Bon Scott’s last performance was when he lip-synched this song when the band performed it on Top of the Pops, a popular British music show. The show aired February 7, 1980; Scott died 12 days later.
Considering how many of their songs are about drinking, it is surprising that AC/DC guitarist Angus Young didn’t touch the stuff. When he was young, a bad encounter with Bond 7 Australian whiskey turned him off from alcohol.

 

Touch Too Much

It was one of those nights
When you turned out the lights
And everything comes into view
She was taking her time
I was losing my mind
There was nothing that she wouldn’t do
It wasn’t the first
It wasn’t the last
She knew we was making love
I was so satisfied
Deep down inside
Like a hand in a velvet glove

Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Too much for my body, too much for my brain
This kind of woman’s gonna drive me insane
She’s got a touch, a touch too much

She had the face of an angel
Smiling with sin
A body of Venus with arms
Dealing with danger
Stroking my skin
Let the thunder and lightening start
It wasn’t the first
It wasn’t the last
It wasn’t that she didn’t care
She wanted it hard
And wanted it fast
She liked it done medium rare

Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Too much for my body, too much for my brain
This kind of woman’s gonna drive me insane
She’s got a touch, a touch too much

Seems like a touch, touch too much
You know it’s much too much, much too much
I really want to feel your touch too much
Girl you know you’re getting me much too much
Seems like a touch
Just a dirty little touch
I really need your touch
‘Cause you’re much too much too much

Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Seems like a touch, a touch too much
Too much for my body, too much for my brain
This kind of woman’s gonna drive me insane
She’s got a touch, a touch too much Writer/s: RONALD BELFORD SCOTT, ANGUS MCKINNON YOUNG, MALCOLM MITCHELL YOUNG

Marcus Hook Roll Band – Silver Shoes

From their 1973 album, Tales of Old Grand Daddy.  Before the band, AC/DC had formed Malcolm and Angus Young got together with their two older brothers George Young, Alex Young and Harry Vanda from the Easybeats and made an album.

From Blabbermouth 2014

Just before Malcolm and Angus Young took us on a debaucherous decent down that Highway To Hell, they joined with their talented brother, George Young and guitarist Harry Vanda, to form the brief-yet-musically-significant group THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND. Back then, there was no such person as Marcus Hook, nor did the “band” originate from the borough of Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania. George and his fellow musicians only ever existed as a band in studio, releasing three singles and one album in the early ’70s. When any of these tracks turn up on Internet auction sites today, collectors bankrupt their PayPal accounts to win them. Now, THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND is releasing their one and only album, 1973’s “Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy”, on June 3 through Parlophone as CD/vinyl/digital download.

The truth is, if THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND had ever come out of the studio, played live, travelled the world, promoted their records, and found the success they certainly deserved, then the AC/DC phenomenon that electrified the rock ‘n’ roll landscape for decades might never have gotten off the ground.

THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND is one obscure, but significant, persona of the legendary partnership of Harry Vanda and George Young. Their better known personas are the ’60s beat phenomenon THE EASYBEATS, and later the mysterious entity FLASH AND THE PAN.

Dutchman Harry Vanda and Scotsman George Young first met as displaced teenagers in an immigration hostel in Sydney, Australia. Having heard the single “Natural Man”, Capitol Records (USA) immediately expressed an interest in producing an album from THE MARCUS HOOK ROLL BAND.

The main recording was during July/August 1973 in Sydney. A key ingredient was the “duty free” supplied by producer Alan “Wally” Waller — Jim Beam Old Grand-Dad bourbon whiskey — hence the album name.

George Young explained: “We had Harry, myself and my kid brothers, Malcolm and Angus. We all got rotten, except for Angus, who was too young, and we spent a month in there boozing it up every night. That was the first thing Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC. We didn’t take it very seriously so we thought we’d include them to give them an idea of what recording was all about.”

Engineer Richard Lush explains: “The sessions were great fun, fuelled with plenty of Old Grand-Dad bourbon. Angus Young drank milk. Despite their youth, as we all now know, Angus and his brother Malcolm played guitars as well as Harry.”

The production notes, recently unearthed at Abbey Road Studios, reveal that on many of the tracks Malcolm Young shared rhythm guitar and guitar solos. The Kentucky bourbon seems to have affected everybody’s memory. For instance, there is some great slide guitar on the album but no-one can remember who supplied it. Harry thinks it might have been Kiwi-born Kevin Borich, but Kevin does not remember being there. Wally vaguely remembers Malcolm doing some slide guitar, but really can’t be sure. So the challenge for the astute listener is to figure out which licks and solos belong to a seventeen-year-old Angus Young.

 

Unfortunately, the lyrics are unavailable.

AC/DC – Can’t Stand Still

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Lean/Sit/Stand.

From their 2000 album, Stiff Upper Lip. The song never charted.

From ultimateclassicrock

On Feb. 28, 2000, almost exactly a quarter-century since the release of their Australia-only debut High VoltageAC/DC rocked back into action with Stiff Upper Lip. This 13th studio album proved once again that millenniums could come and go, but it would take a lot more than some silly Y2K hysteria to slow down this hard-rock institution.

In fact, that textbook AC/DC approach to blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll on steroids was never more in evidence than on Stiff Upper Lip. This was likely because, for the first time in 12 years and only the second time in 20, guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young were leaning on their elder brother George to handle production duties, just as he had (alongside longtime Easybeats partner Harry Vanda) for the group’s first handful of career-defining LPs back in the late ‘70s.

This decision to go back to the basics was not one taken lightly, but rather one specifically motivated by AC/DC’s dissatisfaction with producer Rick Rubin during the protracted Ballbreaker sessions five years earlier. Though it was hard to argue with the results, Rubin’s exacting perfectionism and snail-paced recording style simply rubbed singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Rudd and especially the Young brothers the wrong way.

It’s therefore no wonder that reconnecting with George for Stiff Upper Lip brought forth some of Malcolm and Angus’ most direct, unencumbered and unembellished songwriting instincts. The dozen tracks they captured in a matter of weeks at Vancouver, Canada’s Warehouse Studios notably replaced unbridled bombast with unusual restraint that, in many ways, harked back to the band’s founding musical principles. Tellingly, Warehouse became AC/DC’s go-to recording studio thereafter.

Read More: How Brotherly Love Got AC/DC Back to Basics on ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ac-dc-stiff-upper-lip/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Can’t Stand Still

When I see a pretty woman
You know it gives me a thrill
And she’s a tailor made to order
You know I can’t stand still
And you won’t need a doctor
’cause it’ll cure all ills
And when I hear a noisy party
You know it gives me a chill
It gets me rockin’ and a rollin’
And I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
When it comes to sippin’ honey
You know I drink my fill
And I’ll be dancin’ on the water
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
Baby I can’t stand still
I just can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t
You know I can’t stand still
Thank you lads, thank you lads, thank you

AC/DC – This House Is on Fire

From their 1983 album, Flick Of The Switch. The song never charted. The Young brothers could get more sounds out of a guitar than anyone. Malcolm is delaying the rythm just enough when the song goes to the chorus to cause a crossfire guitar effect.

This House Is on Fire

Yonder she walks
Yonder she walks
Hitting 103
A little tongue in cheek
Hot personality
She bring on the flames
And it’s burning it’s burning
My body’s achin’ tossin’ and turnin’
This house is on fire
This house is on fire
This house is on fire
And the flame is gonna burn in
You
She got me runnin’ for shelter
Needing quarantine
She got me red hot and wired
Call on emergency
She bring on the flames
And it’s burning it’s burning
My body’s achin’ tossin’ and turnin’
This house is on fire
This house is on fire
This house is on fire
And the flame is gonna burn in
You
You got me burnin’ and burnin’
You got me tossin’ and turnin’
This house is on fire
House is on fire
This house is on fire
House is on fire
This house is on fire
This house is on fire
House is on fire
And the flame is gonna burn in
I’ll bet it’s gonna burn
I’m gonna burn
You
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Brian Johnson / Angus Mckinnon Young / Malcolm Mitchell Young