Before Brian Johnson took over as lead vocalist for AC/DC for “Back in Black” onward, he was lead singer of this 1970s hard pop group called Geordie. Incredibly crunchy, but also as hooky as any Top 40 hit … that is, when the Top 40 still had a place for hard rock. If you’re a fan of AC/DC, this is worth checking out, not only because it’s a great song, but because it’s interesting to hear Johnson when he had vocal chords … sort of. Even on this pre-AC/DC song, you don’t know whether to continue listening or send Johnson some lozenges stat.
As someone who is increasingly trying to look at glasses half-full instead of half-empty, here’s a big positive that was created out of a negative. The positive in this case is a totally f–king kick-ass song by AC/DC, composed for the 1986 Stephen King-directed film “Maximum Overdrive.”
Now, I actually like Stephen King and have enjoyed a lot of the adaptations made from his novels and stories. If you sneer at this assertion, let me remind you of some of the awesome films that resulted as adaptations: Brian DePalma’s “Carrie,” Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” David Cronenberg’s “The Dead Zone,” Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil,” Frank Darabont’s “The Shawshank Redemption.” And yes, I’ve even enjoyed a few of the lesser adaptations: John Carpenter’s “Christine,” Mark Lester’s “Firestarter.”
Alas “Maximum Overdrive” was not one of them. In fact, it’s probably in my Top 30 of the worst films I paid full evening admission to see in a theater. King later admitted he was snorting tons of coke when making this film, and sadly, that’s about right.
But … you can’t ignore the AC/DC score, especially this beyond awesome theme song. One of their best.
Joan covers Sweet’s 1975 anthem about a girlfriend who can’t make up her mind, if you know what I mean. Sadly, Joan has the same problem with said girlfriend that Sweet’s Brian Connolly did back in the day (probably made worse by the fact that she looks exactly like Carmen Electra). Fortunately for Joan, at 46 (when this was recorded), she still looks and sounds great and can rock the house just as good as she could when she was a teenager with The Runaways.