Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Let's Get It Up" by AC/DC

Song#:  0876
Date:  01/16/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  44
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Hard Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  Following up the group's hugely successful first album with lead singer Brian Johnson, Back in Black, they issued another winner with For Those About to Rock We Salute You. The album shot up to #1 thanks in part to this first single that reached #9 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The harder rock sound and lightly salacious lyrics (barely PG by today's standards) may have prevented this song from going higher on the pop chart, but it did well by almost getting into the Top 40. 

ReduxReview:  I like this song, but it's not among my faves in their catalog. While it remains a fan favorite, it has gotten lost over the years in favor of their signature tracks like "Back in Black" and the title track to For Those About to Rock. I can kind of see why because it's just not as strong of a song as those. For me, it doesn't stick in my head like those big anthems. It might have been a popular back in the day, but now I think folks have forgotten it.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The For Those About to Rock album finally got AC/DC their first #1 album. But throughout the 80s and 90s, the group wasn't able to score another chart topper. That is until 2008 when their first album in eight years, Black Ice, was issued. As a product exclusive only to Wal-Mart (there was no digital release), it was promoted as an event title and it paid off. The album debuted at #1 becoming their second to reach the top - albeit 26 years after For Those hit that peak. But that is not a record wait. The title is held by Johnny Cash who hit #1 in 1969 with Johnny Cash at San Quentin and then finally returned to the top spot in 2006 with American V: A Hundred Highways. That was a 36-year wait for the Man in Black.


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