High Voltage (song)

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Not to be confused with Danger! High Voltage

"High Voltage"
Cover of the UK single
Single by AC/DC
from the album T.N.T.
B-side "Soul Stripper" (Australia)
"Live Wire" (UK and Europe)
Released July 1975
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1975
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:22
Label Albert Productions
Writer(s) Angus Young
Malcolm Young
Bon Scott
Producer(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC singles chronology
"Baby, Please Don't Go"
(1975)
"High Voltage"
(1975)
"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"
(1975)

"High Voltage" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was first released in Australia as a single in July 1975, and it is the eighth track of their second Australian album T.N.T. The song was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott. The song peaked at No. 48 on the UK Singles Chart in 1980.[1]

Background[edit]

"High Voltage" shares its name with the band's first Australian and international albums. It is the ninth and final track on the international version, released in May 1976. "High Voltage" was also released as a single in the UK and various countries in Europe in 1976.

"High Voltage" is one of AC/DC's most popular songs, and has been included on four of the band's five official live releases: If You Want Blood You've Got It (sung by Bon Scott, 1978), Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition (sung by Scott's replacement Brian Johnson, 1992), Live from the Atlantic Studios (Scott, 1977), and Let There Be Rock: The Movie (Scott, 1979) – the latter two being released in 1997 as part of the Bonfire box set.

In concerts, this song has evolved into sing-a-long with the crowd. In the bridge where the original singer of the song Bon Scott sings 'I said high, I said high', this has been extended where both singers Bon Scott and Brian Johnson repeat the word 'high' in ever increasing loudness and high pitch, to which the crowd responds with "high" louder also. That is followed by a discreet backing rhythm for several minutes whilst Angus Young does some improvisation on the guitar.

During the 2010 Black Ice World Tour, images of the late Bon Scott were projected onto the stage screens during the performance of the song's chorus to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.[2]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "High Voltage". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on April 16, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Adams, Cameron (February 11, 2010). "AC/DC Black Ice tour starts with a bang: review". The Courier-Mail. 
  3. ^ Saulnier, Jason (30 September 2011). "Mark Evans Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013.