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Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, by AC/DC: a Song Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

-Artist: AC/DC

-Release Year: 1976

-Song Length: 3:51

-Genre: Hard Rock, Blues Rock, Rock and Roll

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 328

Lyrics:

If you’re havin’ trouble with the high school head
He’s givin’ you the blues
You want to graduate but not in ‘is bed
Here’s what you gotta do
Pick up the phone
I’m always home
Call me any time
Just ring
36 24 36 hey
I lead a life of crime

Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap

You got problems in your life of love
You got a broken heart
He’s double dealin’ with your best friend
That’s when the teardrops start, fella
Pick up the phone
I’m here alone
Or make a social call
Come right in
Forget about him
We’ll have ourselves a ball

Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap

If you got a lady and you want her gone
But you ain’t got the guts
She keeps naggin’ at you night and day
Enough to drive ya nuts
Pick up the phone
Leave her alone
It’s time you made a stand
For a fee
I’m happy to be
Your back door man

Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap yeah
Dirty deeds and they’re done dirt cheap

Concrete shoes, cyanide, TNT
Done dirt cheap
Neckties, contracts, high voltage
Done dirt cheap

Dirty deeds
Do anything you wanna do
Done dirty cheap
Dirty deeds
Dirty deeds
Dirty deeds
Done dirt cheap

Review:

I don’t have a lot to say about this song.  Its classic AC/DC.  One of their most popular songs that most people who listen to any sort of Classic Rock anymore will know or at least recognize.

A fairly solid rock song that was part of early hard rock.

The lyrics are simple and repetitive like a lot of other music from the 1970s and 1980s.  It was easy to sing along to and was catchy which is what you really needed for radio play.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Fly by Night, by Rush: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Fly by Night

-Artist: Rush

-Release Year: 1975

-Album Length: 37:38

-Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: Rush is Halliday’s favorite band and as such is mentioned early and often throughout the book

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Anthem
  2. Best I Can
  3. Beneath, Between and Behind
  4. By-Tor and the Snow Dog
    1. At the Tobes of Hades
    2. Across the Styx
    3. Of the Battle
      1. Challenge and Defiance
      2. 7/4 War Furor
      3. Aftermath
      4. Hymn of Triumph
    4. Epilogue

B Side:

  1. Fly by Night
  2. Making Memories
  3. Rivendell
  4. In the End

Review:

I really am loving the extended songs.  The ones that have a single title then include a bunch of parts of the song.  Most of 2112 was like this and I loved the song “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” on this album.

The set up is very much about story telling. This is really wonderful because ei love music that tells stories.  It is so much of why I love musical albums and soundtracks to films…concept albums and bands that take the time to tell stories. 

It may be too early in listening to their discography to say this but they may just become one of my most listened to bands.

This album was much softer than the first album.  I really loved that Rush showed their depth and ability with this album.  They can created many types of music and while this album still falls into the heavy metal and hard rock genres it felt different somehow.

Its really lovely.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Rush, by Rush: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Rush

-Artist: Rush

-Release Year: 1974

-Album Length: 39:51

-Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: Rush is Halliday’s favorite band and as such is mentioned early and often throughout the book

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Finding my Way
  2. Need Some Love
  3. Take a Friend
  4. Here Again

B Side:

  1. What You’re Doing
  2. In the Mood
  3. Before and After
  4. Working Man

Review:

I listened to this album for an hour straight the other day.  Its really interesting to see what was considered heavy metal and hard rock in the past.  Because I can hear the influences to this album…and to me that is about as far from heavy metal as you can get.

You can definitely hear moments of Led Zeppelin and Cream, even Jethro Tull.  They were clearly (and continued to be) influenced by British bands and wanting to push the limits of their music and what was considered to fall into the hard rock genre of the time.

I really enjoyed the album overall.  It was a solid start for a band that was making music well into 2015…such a long run for them.

It will be interesting to see how their albums changed as they and their influences grew and changed.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Pour Some Sugar on Me, by Def Leppard: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Hysteria

-Artist: Def Leppard

-Release Year: 1987

-Song Length: 4:27

-Genre: Hard Rock, Rock, Pop

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 217

Lyrics:

Step inside
Walk this way
You and me babe
Hey hey

Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man? (your man)

Razzle ‘n’ a dazzle ‘n’ a flash a little light
Television lover, baby, go all night
Sometime, anytime, sugar me sweet
Little miss innocent sugar me, yeah, yeah

Now c’mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up

Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C’mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can’t get enough

I’m hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

Listen, red light, yellow light, green-a-light go
Crazy little woman in a one man show
Mirror queen, mannequin, rhythm of love
Sweet dream,…

Review:

A solid song that most people know be it from parents playing it in our childhood to going to concerts and hearing covers of the song…or even going to the Mad T Party event at Disneyland in the mid 2010s.  this song is super popular at clubs of all types (ugh remember clubs and concerts?)…. I rarely run into someone who is over the age of 18 who hasn’t heard this song in some capacity.

Pretty typical of Def Leppard and their style of rock.  Catchy.  I know all the lyrics…a solid song.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Listen to the song through the link above or in our cultivated Valentine’s Day mix below:

We recommend listening to the mix on shuffle. It is a mix of the top 10-20 most popular love songs from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s along with other top rated love songs from history and some of my personal favorites that didn’t seem to make any list!