AC / DC wondered if some of their more controversial songs would receive the same reception if they were released in 2020.
Hard rock icons are known for their close-to-finger lyrics, describing an anonymous lover as a “fast machine” who keeps “his engine clean” on 1980s “You Shook Me All Night Long”.
When asked if he would receive a warm reaction in 2020, amid heightened cultural sensitivities of a new generation, frontman Brian Johnson told NME: “” I’m afraid to open my mouth now, my son ! “.
“I don’t know anymore, I didn’t even know what ‘waking up’ meant and I only found out since my return to England. I have no idea what it feels like or how it works!
In the same interview, the band also discussed whether they knew that “Back In Black” would become a massive hit, after it became the second best-selling album of all time.
“We knew it was a great album and it was Brian’s first role with us,” frontman Angus Young said. “But when we were doing it, we had no idea how it would be received and from the start we had an idea of how it was going to turn out to be this huge success.”
In the same interview, Brian Johnson also recalled a drunken journey with the late Malcolm Young to find the Loch Ness Monster.
AC / DC’s next album, ‘Power Up’, arrives on November 13.