Hells Bells (song)

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"Hells Bells"
Single by AC/DC
from the album Back in Black
B-side "What Do You Do for Money Honey"
Released November 1980
Format 7 inch
Recorded Spring 1980 at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 5:12
Label Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
AC/DC singles chronology
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
(1980)
"Hells Bells"
(1980)
"Back in Black"
(1980)
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"Hells Bells" is the first track of Australian hard rock band AC/DC's first album without Bon Scott, Back in Black. The song represents the first song on Brian Johnson's debut album for the band. "Hells Bells" is the second single from Back in Black, released in the fall of 1980.

Composition[edit]

The song begins with the slow tolling of a bell, followed by an intro played by Angus Young, with Malcolm Young then joining to create the classic Back in Black double-guitar sound, followed by Phil Rudd on drums and Cliff Williams on bass, creating a wall of sound.

The bell used by the band was a 2000-pound cast bronze bell made by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough.[citation needed] The bell used in the song is pitched to the note 'A.'[citation needed] The song also appears on Who Made Who, AC/DC's 1986 soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, and on both versions of 1992's AC/DC Live.

In 2010, the band Gregorian covered "Hells Bells" and it is included in their album Dark Side of the Chant.

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