AC/DC – T.N.T.

Oi, oi, oi   Oi, oi, oi   Oi, oi, oi   Oi, oi, oi   Oi, oi, oi

Let’s wake up everyone on this Monday morning with this raw guitar lick by AC/DC. If you are living in an apartment complex or you want to surprise your significant other…all of a sudden just turn this baby up loud! Her/Him and your neighbors will later shake your hand, pat your back, and thank you for your fine selection on this beautiful Monday morning!

Well…no… probably not…but they would not get six feet near you right now at this time we live in…so that gives you time to run! What a way to start the morning!

This was one of AC/DC’s first singles with Bon Scott on lead vocals. Originally a roadie, he took over lead vocals when their first singer, Dave Evans, didn’t show up for a gig.

This was originally released in 1975 in AC/DC’s home country Australia on their second album, which was also called T.N.T.

Their first two Australian releases were combined to form High Voltage, which was released worldwide. The album fared well in Europe but met stiff resistance in America where  Rolling Stone Magazine in their infinite wisdom called it an “all-time low” for hard rock in their scathing review.

The album High Voltage didn’t chart in America until 1982 at #146 in the Billboard 100.

 

From Songfacts

AC/DC found a good way to capture the energy of their live shows for the High Voltage album: they went into the studio and recorded right after gigs. The result was a very raw, but energetic sound, smoothed out with production by Harry Vanda and George Young (brother of Angus and Malcolm), who were members of the group The Easybeats, best known for their hit “Friday On My Mind.”

T.N.T. stands for Trinitrotoluene, an explosive compound. It was popularized in Road Runner cartoons when the Coyote would buy explosive items (from Acme) labeled “T.N.T.” in an attempt to blow up the Road Runner. To this date, the coyote has not been able to harm the Road Runner in any way, and has done much more damage to himself through careless use of Acme products.

T.N.T

Oi, oi, oi
Oi, oi, oi
Oi, oi, oi
Oi, oi, oi
Oi, oi, oi

See me ride out of the sunset
On your color TV screen
Out for all that I can get
If you know what I mean
Women to the left of me
And women to the right
Ain’t got no gun
Ain’t got no knife
Don’t you start no fight

‘Cause I’m T.N.T. I’m dynamite
T.N.T. and I’ll win the fight
T.N.T. I’m a power load
T.N.T. watch me explode

I’m dirty, mean and mighty unclean
I’m a wanted man
Public enemy number one
Understand
So lock up your daughter
Lock up your wife
Lock up your back door
And run for your life
The man is back in town
Don’t you mess me ’round

‘Cause I’m T.N.T. I’m dynamite
T.N.T. and I’ll win the fight
T.N.T. I’m a power load
T.N.T. watch me explode

T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
I’m dynamite (oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)

And I’ll win the fight (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T. (oi, oi, oi)
I’m a power load (oi, oi, oi)
T.N.T.
Watch me explode

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

27 thoughts on “AC/DC – T.N.T.”

  1. I Love AC/DC! Perhaps, they, like no other rock band, define my teenage years. One of the great things about them is you can dance to there music! Their orginal drummer drug the beat like old R&B drummers did. Wonderful drummer. And Bon Scott! So much better than Brian Johnson. Scott sung with personality. He interpreted the songs.

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    1. Sometimes they get lumped with heavy metal bands but they are not that at all. They are rock and roll closer to Chuck Berry. Took me a while to come around to them but I did…

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  2. Love this track. Bon had a snarl on how he delivered his vocals and was a brilliant lyricist which gets often overlooked.
    Just love AC/DC albums for the rawness and the we don’t give a shit attitude.

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  3. Used to like them a lot when I was young… Lisa is right though in that this , and many of their tunes, are good ones fro a Friday night at the bar. Or for a 7th inning-rally if the home team is seeming a bit sluggish.

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      1. One thing we Ontarians do love about them is they came in and co-headlined a benefit concert in toronto in 2003 after the SARS crisis ( a very timely topic given what we are going through now!). Toronto was the epicenter of that disease outside of China itself. I think about 40 people died from it in the city, a good number of them nurses.

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      2. More bands should donate their time to causes like that. It helps the cause and it helps them also.

        Yea SARS was more deadly…at least that is what I’ve read.

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    1. My cousin and his best friend at the time had tickets to their show with Bon Scott on the last tour. They got into an argument and my cousin didn’t go…he regretted it.

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  4. It’s not my kind of music and never has been although I had ‘westie’ friends at school who donned the whole ACDC garb. Believe me.. they were people to stay on good terms with!
    I was surprised by the excellent sound and potency of that live performance. I think my favourite song of theirs is ‘Thunderstruck’.

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    1. Ah that is alright! You know I didn’t like them at the time…they were too hard for me. Over time they grew on me a bit.

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