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.

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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