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Performing this song was Bon Scott's last touch with AC/DC



One of the most celebrated stories in Stuck in the '80s podcast history is the tale of "Mama No" involving now-Home Shopping Network host Sean Daly, a shirtless Norwegian lass and an homemade AC/DC sweater. If you can wear a tribute to Bon Scott on an article of clothing, the least we can do is cover the brief Bon Scott Era in the '80s with Touch Too Much.

In 1979 AC/DC established themselves as the hard rock champs with the Highway To Hell album, but the skyrocketing success would end in tragedy when on Feb. 19, 1980, lead singer Bon Scott was found dead after choking on his own vomit after a night of excess drinking. The death occurred only a few weeks after AC/DC had appeared on England's Top Of The Pops promoting Touch Too Much.

The video for Touch Too Much was part of a series of straight performance videos made to promote the singles off Highway To Hell and offers a glimpse of the slightly mischievous grin of Scott as well as Angus Young's schoolboy headbanging. Posthumously, Touch Too Much made the U.K. Top 40, peaking at No. 29 in 1980. Much of the success of Highway To Hell (AC/DC's second-biggest selling album) was attributed to the teaming with meticulous producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The success of Highway To Hell catapulted Lange to become one of the most in-demand producers of the '80s with numerous smashes with bands like Def Leppard, The Cars and Huey Lewis & the News.

AC/DC mourned the loss of Scott only briefly before replacing Scott with Brian Johnson, recording the Back In Black album of the spring of 1980 and releasing it in the summer of 1980. Black In Black would go on to become the second-biggest selling album of all time - behind only Michael Jackson's Thriller. AC/DC's tour is on hold right now as Brian Johnson has been forced to postpone the upcoming dates or risk permanent hearing loss. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:14am]


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