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 31 October 1980[1]
Format 7 inch
Recorded Spring 1980 at Compass Point Studios in The Bahamas
Genre Hard rock[2]
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. 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.

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 in the song was a 2000-pound cast bronze bell made by John Taylor Bellfounders in Loughborough, and is a replica of the Denison Bell. The AC/DC logo and "Hells Bell" are engraved on the bell. The band first attempted to record the Denison Bell at the Carillon Tower and War Museum in Leicestershire, England for the song, but this proved insufficient due to the disruption of pigeons nesting in the bell tower.[3]

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