Night Prowler (song)

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"Night Prowler"
Song by AC/DC from the album Highway to Hell
Released 27 July 1979
Recorded Spring 1979
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 6:27
Label Atlantic Records
Writer Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott
Producer Robert "Mutt" Lange
Highway to Hell track listing
"Love Hungry Man"
(9)
"Night Prowler"
(10)

"Night Prowler" is the final track on AC/DC's album Highway to Hell. It is known among other AC/DC songs for its slow blues rhythm, ominous lyrics, as well as its controversy stemming from its association with the Richard Ramirez serial killings in 1985.

"Night Stalker" controversy[edit]

Main article: Richard Ramirez

In June 1985, a highly publicized murder case began revolving around Richard Ramírez, who was responsible for more than 15 brutal murders as well as attempted murders and rapes in Los Angeles. Nicknamed the "Night Stalker," Ramírez was a fan of AC/DC, particularly the song "Night Prowler". Police also claimed that Ramírez was wearing an AC/DC shirt and left an AC/DC hat at one of his crime scenes. During the trial, Ramírez shouted "Hail Satan!" and showed off the pentagram carved into his palm. The incident brought extremely bad publicity to the band, whose concerts and albums were suddenly campaigned against by parents in Los Angeles County.[1] On VH1's Behind the Music on AC/DC, the band claimed that while the song had taken on a murderous connotation by Ramírez, it is actually about a boy sneaking into his girlfriend's bedroom at night. The song, however, does contain lines such as "You don't feel the steel/Till it's hanging out your back... as you lie there naked, like a body in a tomb".[2]

"Shazbot, nanu nanu!"[edit]

Bon Scott was a fan of Robin Williams,[citation needed] and he ended the song with one of Williams' famous catchphrases: "Shazbot, Nanu Nanu!" These originated from the extraterrestrial character 'Mork' from 'Mork & Mindy': 'Shazbot' was an all-purpose vulgar exclamation, and 'Nanu Nanu' was a greeting/salute Mork used at the end of his transmissions to his home planet.

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