C / D C : T H E B O A R D M E E T I N G .
By John Kenyon
then, I see that everyone is here. Shall we get started?
we call the roll, at least for the sake of the minutes?
right, right. I'm secretary this fiscal year, aren't I? All right,
then. Angus Young?
you, Malcolm. Now, as I'm sure you know from reading the memo
e-mailed last Tuesday, we're meeting to begin conceiving our next
album. Sales of our latest, Stiff Upper Lip, have tailed off,
and tour revenue will only sustain the corporation through the
end of fiscal 2002. Our back catalog, interview discs, live collections,
and the box set helped the bottom line, but these are signs of
a brand treading water. We need new product to assure continued
growth through fiscal 2003.
right, then. Should we review and approve minutes from the last
meeting or jump ahead to item no. 4, "Brainstorming new song
not mess with Robert's Rules this once. Has everyone had a chance
to review the minutes?
if there's no further discussion, can I get a motion to approve
and file said minutes?
Phil: So moved.
can do this on voice vote. All in favor?
we move on?
we break for a few minutes? I need to check with the nanny to
see that the kids got to school.
by me. Any objections?
remember, the only bad idea is one that isn't shared. Remember
Ballbreaker? I wouldn't have believed we had never used that album
title, but there it was 1995 and it was fresh as ever. Or "You
Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll"? That's a classic title, undiscovered
until our last album.
was a nice one, Phil.
right. Don't be shy; just throw them out there.
I've been toying with something called "Flirt in a Skirt."
Phil: I like
it! That's a keeper.
a good one, but we already went in that direction with "Snowballed"
from For Those About to Rock.
Cliff: I should
have known it was too good to be true.
a good reminder to do our homework before we meet.
do you guys think of "Pole Position"?
I can work with.
what are you giggling about? Do you want to share it with the
"Put Your Glove on My Love."
we might as well pack up and go home. We're not going to do better
is a moneymaker.
this may be inappropriate, but I'm going to hug you.
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Malcolm): I seem to have wrinkled your coat. I'll pay for the
dry cleaning. (To the group) OK, that one is going to get the
juices flowing. Does anybody —
pardon the interruption, but what about that?
but you've lost me. What do you —
right. "Got My Juices Flowing." Is that what you were
getting at, Phil?
is why I've come really to value these meetings? I was going to
suggest, before being so productively interrupted, "Wired
we're halfway there.
Brian: I notice
we haven't dealt much with liquor yet. I love the sex-based titles,
but need I remind you all that AC/DC thrives on variety. I keep
coming back to the word "jigger." Your thoughts?
about "Two Jiggers of Love"?
just adds to the sex thing.
right, but we could address that in the lyrics, juxtaposing images
of alcohol with those of sex, a compare/contrast construct.
Brian: I think
I can make that work.
moving along. Brian, you're shared only one idea.
I wanted to give the other guys a chance, to cultivate diversity
but we're on a schedule.
right. "Depth Charge," "Rocket Launcher,"
"Smell of Love," and "Eat My Fist."
say we have an album, gentlemen. I move that we accept this slate
of titles for our next album.
Brian: I second
work. A final reminder: we've scheduled a meeting tomorrow at
3 p.m., to commence the songwriting process. If you'd like, we
can also hold an informal session this evening at my house.
great. I move we adjourn.
BON SCOTT 'Round And Round And Round'
Two new songs, three tracks. one CD single - released October-20
- the closest thing you're ever likely to hear to the solo album
he talked about but never got the chance to complete. Now re-produced
for the Nineties.
And Round And Round" and "Carey Gully" are the
last two songs Bon Scott committed to tape a month before joining
AC/DC and the only released from a three year period in his career
between Fraternity's "Flaming Galah" in April 1972 and
AC/DC's "Baby Please Don't Go" in March 1975.
In their original
form, the tracks are genuine Australian long lost 'Basement Tapes",
recorded a few months after Bon's motorbike accident. Recently
re-discovered, both "Round And Round And Round" and
"Carey Gully" have been extensively reworked to create
musical pieces which the project's collaborators believe Bon would
have been proud of.
As an occasional
member of The Mount Lofty Rangers, a South Australian collective
of creative artists and musicians, Bon Scott recorded these two
compositions by the group's musical director Peter Head in July
recently teamed up with producer Ted Yanni, another old friend
of Bon's. Using the best technology available, Ted isolated the
original vocal track from "Round And Round". and then
over many months rebuilt an entirely new backing to the song,
so it sounds as though it was recorded today rather than yesterday
The original version is also included on the CD single. It features
former members of Headband and Fraternity.
Gully", a lilting country-flavoured ballad has been tastefully
augmented with strings - the Classically Blue String Quartet.
The song celebrates the Mount Lofty Rangers' stomping ground at
the time, then home to one of South Australia's leading artists.
Vytas Serelis, whose stunning photo portraits grace the CD cover.
project has been achieved by many people - musicians and technicians
donating time, talent and studios in order to pay tribute to an
old friend. The result is one of the best recordings available
by Bon Scott displaying a side to his vocal ability that wasn't
as evident in subsequent releases.
And Round And Round" is only available as a single for $10;
from October 20, and there are no plans to release it on an album.
Get it while you can, because it may not be there tomorrow.
before AC/DC by Vince Lovegrove
What you could
hold in your hot little hands is a labour of love. A twenty two
year labour of love. And a vindication of fate. A twist of fate,
a drunken spat, a motorbike accident, a long recuperation, a time
of reflection for Bon Scott. Two decades ago.
in Adelaide, the Cinderella state, the city of churches, the only
Australian capital that wasn't founded on the backbone of the
convicts, banished when the English tried to cleanse their pristine
country of the undesirable lower class. They threw their petty
criminals out of sight, to the other side of the world, hoping
they'd stay out of mind. The Scottish tried to get away of their
own free will, but the Brits wouldn't let them.
was born in Kirrimur, Scotland, and in the sixties migration rush
to the convict colony on the other side of the world, moved with
his family, along with thousands of other UK families .
star eventually took him to Adelaide, and what happened before
and after is well documented in many books, many fanzines, and
in the fertile minds of many highly imaginative journalists. But
one of the most formative pieces of the Bon Scott jigsaw legend
happened during this period, 1974 , whilst recuperating from his
famous motor bike accident. Smashed jaw, broken teeth, gammy leg,
marriage problems, his age becoming an obstacle in his struggle
for creative identity, he began to explore his songwriting talents,
his simplistic mastery of street vernacular, his poetic ability
to tell a story.
He was creatively
encouraged and nurtured during this brief period by Adelaide musician
Peter Head (nee Beagley) whose optimistic love of music and all
who embraced it, provided a catalyst for out of work or transient
musicians in between gigs. Probably the most potent incarnation
of the melting pot was The Mount Lofty Rangers.
During a brief
12 to 18 month period, many of Australia's best known and least
known singers and players passed through the ranks of The Mount
Lofty Rangers ; Robyn Archer, Jimmy Barnes, Bruce Howe, Chris
Bailey, Mauri Berg, "Uncle" John Ayers, Swanee, and
Bon Scott, being just a few.
Like so many
other splinter movements, not much became of the old Rangers,
now splattered into the anonymity of history's backwash like so
many before and since. Makes you wonder how many unknown meanderings
contribute to the mainstream, though. Nevertheless it was an outlet
for people like Bon Scott to expand, to musically grow, to take
A month before
he joined the band that would take his street poetry to the world,
Bon recorded two songs written by Peter Head. Now based in Sydney
with his family, still following his philosophy of organic musical
growth, Peter has treasured the memories of those days and recently
re-discovered and re-worked the recordings.
technology, producer Ted Yanni has devoted almost two years to
bringing Bon back to life via two previously unheard songs, assisted
by many like minded friends - musicians and technicians for whom
this project has been a labour of love.
genuine collector's items. Unique. You may have thought until
now, that you had heard everything Bon Scott recorded pre-AC/DC.
But what you could have in your hands is the Bon Scott you didn't