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Let there be... AC/DC: Luke Kenny

music Updated: Sep 06, 2011 15:38 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
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Austrailian rock band, AC/DC remain one of my favourite rock n’ roll bands of all time. Their music remains unchanged to this day, after over 39 years in existence. The rawness of sound and their uproariousness has prevailed, making them one of the most incredible live bands ever.

Lead singer Bon Scott died in 1980 at the height of the band’s success, leaving behind an uncertain future for the rockers. And as we know fate threw up Brian Johnson, an uncanny replacement and the rest is AC/DC history.

Having played many legendary concerts to millions of fans worldwide, I would like to pick one of my favourites today for a very special reason.

One of AC/DC’s greatest live concert films has just been released on Blu-ray. AC/DC: Let There be Rock is a feature length recording of a concert that was filmed in the winter of 1979 in Paris. It was to be Bon Scott’s last gig. But what a gig, and what a memory to leave behind! Seeing ‘Highway to hell...’, ‘Walk all over you...’, ‘Whole lotta Rosie...’ and the epic ‘Let there be rock...’ performed live is glorious and to finally have it remastered for Blu-ray is sheer pleasure.

The special features are a fan’s delight with short features on Angus Young as a band icon and the legacy of Bon Scott. The 23-minute documentary on the legacy of AC/DC is the best place for a novice to start his AC/DC rock n roll education…If I May Say So.


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Hit The Lights
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This is not really an official album. It’s a compilation of songs from Jay Sean’s last album All or Nothing and his upcoming one, Freeze Time. It marks Sean officially leaving his bhangra-muffin roots and entering the club-hip-hop zone. So, the melodic club is reminiscent of Usher, the club pump of Pitbull and the mixing pot of the Black Eyed Peas. It bring on the mandatory collaborations via Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul, Craig David and you’ve got the usual club floorfillers, not that anybody dances anymore anyway.

When The Sun Goes Down
Selena Gomez And The Scene Universal
The third album from this supposed teen icon sees her successfully continue her track record. Of course, it also helps when you have a battalion of songwriters (including Britney Spears and Katy Perry) behind you making sure of that. But then that’s the case with most pop stars anyway. It’s not like Elvis Presley ever wrote a song. Not that Selena is in anyway comparable to Elvis! But Selena is here and now, and this is what she does. So if you are 14, female and think that hotmail is cute guys, then this album is for you.

Friends With Benefits
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Teen dreamboat and current hottie Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis team up in this successful rom-com with a soundtrack to match. Steppenwolf’s ‘Magic carpet ride...’ gets a remix treatment, as does classic jazz standard ‘New York New York...’ which gets a funky, rap vibe. Indie acts Grant Lee Phillips, Peter Conway, Janelle Monae contribute some interesting songs. ‘Jump...’, an anthem by Kris Kross and ‘Closing time...’ by Semisonic round up this eclectic 15 song compilation that satisfyingly underscores a dose of Hollywood candyfloss.