#745: 1980, AC/DC, Back in Black

by Charlie_East_West on August 25, 2013

I’m back.

My two week All That’s Left sabbatical has come to a close, after a rip roaring rummage around the Scottish Highlands, the Kingdom of Fife and Edinburgh.

As a fully paid up member of the Scottish diaspora, I always love my forays back in my homeland. It gives me a chance to show my wife and children some of the most glorious places on the face of the earth, and a life affirming opportunity to catch up with old friends and family.

Take last Saturday night. I met up with some of the finest people currently walking the planet – or at least, the cobbled streets of Edinburgh. A group of old Edinburgh University friends and old Liberal Democrat (whatever happened to them?) friends met up in a pub known well by all concerned to imbibe in a few beverages, have a natter and a damn good catch up. At least, that was the plan. The conversation was hijacked by a bloody tribute band who played a set lasting 2 hours. We were all about to down our drinks and wander off to the next watering hole, when my chosen song opened with its famous first few guitar riffs. Yes, the band in question was AC/DC and the song in question was Back in Black.

As tribute bands go – this one was pretty good. The star of the show was the bloke dressed up as AC/DC guitarist Angus Young – with full schoolboy Jimmy Crankie regalia. By last orders he was playing guitar on our table. He had us where he wanted us – in the palm of his hand.

A great song. A great night. To those of you who were there – you will understand. To those of you who were not – you had to be there to understand.

*As a footnote to our Scottish music theme week – Angus Young was born….yes…you guested it…in Scotland.

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George_East August 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Yes he was. As was Malcolm Young. More importantly as was Bon Scott. Scotland have a far better claim on the DC than on Talking Heads.


Charlie_East_West August 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

And with that final Bonny McMot from George, we bring to an end our Scottish music week.


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