Musician Justifies Why AC/DC’s Powerage Album Is Amazing
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Musician and vlogger Justin Hawkins uploaded a video titled “Let Me Explain Why ACDC Are So Good” on his YouTube channel.
Hawkins justified his favorite AC/DC album Powerage for 25 years now. He said on the description:
“If I was forced to choose, I have two favourite bands. Queen and ACDC. Today I dedicate my time to tell you about how glorious ACDC are, in particular their album Powerage. It’s just brilliant from beginning to end. If you are an ACDC fan let’s revel in this together, if you are new rock music…let me enlighten you.”
Powerage is AC/DC’s fifth studio album that was released on May 5 1978. It was the band’s first album to feature Cliff Williams on bass and also the first one of the band’s record not to have a title track.
Hawkins started his video sharing his admiration for the late singer Bon Scott saying:
“I think Bon Scott as a lyricist, I’m going to say this, I think he directly and indirectly influenced every good rock lyricist since anyone who’s ever sung a song about having good times or sexy times or boozy times.
“With any sort of degree of humor, I think Bon Scott is the man we have to thank for that.”
When AC/DC handed in Powerage to Atlantic, the record label didn’t hear a hit single, but felt that it was too hard for US radio, which was where the label wanted the band to be. The artwork cover of Angus Young dressed in his iconic schoolboy outfit with wires coming out his arms, supports the electricity that flows in every track on the album.
Although, the album didn’t chart and got in the middle between two of the band’s breakthrough, Let There Be Rock and Highway To Hell, over the years, the likes of Keith Richards, Joe Perry and Slash named it as their favorite AC/DC record.
Australian record producer and audio engineer Mark Opitz once said:
“In a way it was AC/DC’s Sgt. Pepper’s.”