Big Gun

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"Big Gun"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Last Action Hero Official Movie Soundtrack
B-side "Back in Black" (live)
Released 25 June 1993
Format CD single, 7 inch
Recorded 1993
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:24
Label ATCO
Writer(s) Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
AC/DC singles chronology
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (live)
(1992)
"Big Gun"
(1993)
"Hard as a Rock"
(1996)
Last Action Hero: Music from the Original Motion Picture track listing
"Big Gun"
(Track 1)
"What the Hell Have I"
(Track 2)

"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.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by David Mallet,[2] 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 similar to the one for "You Could Be Mine" (released to promote Terminator 2: Judgment Day), where Schwarzenegger interacted with Guns N' Roses.

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).[citation needed] 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.

Charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Peak
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

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi-single (US)[edit]

  1. "Big Gun" (Angus Young, Malcolm Young) – 4:25
  2. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"* (Brian Johnson, Young, Young) – 6:42
  3. "Shoot to Thrill"** (Johnson, Young, Young) – 5:45

CD maxi-single (UK)[edit]

  1. "Big Gun" (Young, Young) – 4:25
  2. "Back in Black"* (Johnson, Young, Young) – 4:26
  3. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"* (Johnson, Young, Young) – 6:42

* Live in Moscow. ** Live at Donington.

Personnel[edit]

This was the last song to feature then-drummer Chris Slade, before being asked to leave AC/DC a year later so that Phil Rudd could return to the band.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AC/DC Concert History", ACDC Bootlegs
  2. ^ AC/DC – "Big gun", mvdbase.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 3, 1993 – July 16, 1993
Succeeded by
"Cryin'" by Aerosmith