|Single by AC/DC|
|from the album Last Action Hero Official Movie Soundtrack|
|B-side||"Back in Black" (live)|
|Format||CD single, 7 inch|
|Writer(s)||Angus Young, Malcolm Young|
|AC/DC singles chronology|
"Big Gun" is a song by AC/DC. It was released as a single in 1993 and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero, as well as during reruns of the Savage Nation talk show as bumper music. It was later released on the 2009 box set Backtracks. It became the band's first No. 1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart in 1993.
AC/DC has played the song live only once during 1996 rehearsals but never at an official show.
The music video, directed by David Mallet, begins with Schwarzenegger breaking an entrance door to an AC/DC concert. As he walks around the crowd and the stage, observing each band member, Angus kicks his cap towards him. When Schwarzenegger puts on the cap, his clothes morph into Angus' trademark school uniform costume and signature Gibson SG. He then starts imitating Angus' on-stage antics throughout the video, including a scene in which Angus Young actually climbs up on Schwarzennegger's back and rides around the stage perched on his shoulders while continuing to play his guitar chords. The video also features a young Shavo Odadjian, the future bassist for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down.
The video was released on Family Jewels Disc 3, part of the 2009 box set Backtracks. It was not released on the original Family Jewels, because it contains scenes from the movie and therefore had licensing issues.
As well as its worldwide release on the Last Action Hero soundtrack, the song could be found on iTunes with the rest of the soundtrack, making it the only song by AC/DC on iTunes. However, it was removed from iTunes along with "Two Steps Behind" (Def Leppard). Now the song has returned along with AC/DC's entire catalog's addition to iTunes, albeit it still isn't available to purchase as a track on the Last Action Hero soundtrack; instead you can purchase it as a song from AC/DC's 2009 rarities boxset Backtracks.
|1993||Australia||ARIA Singles Chart||19|
|1993||Austria||Austrian Singles Chart||23|
|1993||France||French Singles Chart||14|
|1993||Germany||German Singles Chart||20|
|1993||Netherlands||Dutch Singles Chart||18|
|1993||Norway||Norwegian Singles Chart||8|
|1993||Sweden||Swedish Singles Chart||11|
|1993||Switzerland||Swiss Singles Chart||5|
|1993||UK||UK Singles Chart||23|
|1993||US||Billboard Hot 100||65|
|1993||US||Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
CD maxi-single (US)
- "Big Gun" (Angus Young, Malcolm Young) – 4:25
- "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"* (Brian Johnson, Young, Young) – 6:42
- "Shoot to Thrill"** (Johnson, Young, Young) – 5:45
CD maxi-single (UK)
- "Big Gun" (Young, Young) – 4:25
- "Back in Black"* (Johnson, Young, Young) – 4:26
- "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"* (Johnson, Young, Young) – 6:42
* Live in Moscow. ** Live at Donington.
- Brian Johnson – lead vocals
- Angus Young – lead guitar
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Chris Slade – drums
"Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 3, 1993 – July 16, 1993
"Cryin'" by Aerosmith