Angus Young’s Regret On AC/DC’s ‘Love Song’
One expects a musician to be pleased with most of their music material as they are their own creations. However, this is not the case for some artists. Sometimes, a song becomes a huge hit, starts being played everywhere, and fans demand the artist to perform it all the time. So, the musician grows tired of performing the song or hearing it numerous times.
In other cases, they start thinking that the song no longer represents them as an artist, or their record label wants them to release music based on their previous works’ commercial success. As it turns out, Angus Young was among those who had regrets about their musical efforts. Let’s see which song of AC/DC was the one that Young regretted.
Angus Young Thinks The Most Regrettable AC/DC Song Is ‘Love Song’
In 1974, Bon Scott joined AC/DC to replace Dave Evans. The band then recorded their first studio album titled ‘High Voltage’ and released it in Australia on February 17, 1975, along with a single named ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’ / ‘Love Song.’ Albert Productions issued ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’ as the single’s B-side, but it overshadowed the A-side ‘Love Song (Oh Jene).’ So, the latter didn’t receive airplay like ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go.’
‘Love Song’ evolved from an unreleased song named ‘Fell In Love,’ written by Malcolm and Dave Evans. The earlier version had different lyrics, but Bon Scott changed them during the recording process. According to what Angus Young told Vulture in 2020, this song is also the most regrettable song of AC/DC. As Young stated in the interview, the song was quite different for them, and he doesn’t even remember its lyrics.
Moreover, Young said that someone working at their record label told them that local radios play very soft music, and they should release ‘Love Song’ because it will get airplay. However, at that time, Young thought that this wouldn’t happen. He stated that they were fortunate as the radio stations knew this song didn’t represent their sound, so they played ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ instead. Then, they ended up scoring a hit from the B-Side.
In the interview with Vulture, Angus Young said the following about ‘Love Song’:
“On our first album, ‘High Voltage,’ we did a love song called ‘Love Song.’ That was very different for us. I didn’t know if we were trying to parody love songs of the time because Bon Scott wrote the lyrics. I don’t even remember what the words are. I remember that song because the guy who worked for us at our record label told us that’s what was on the local radio at the time – very soft music.
He thought we should release that song because it’ll probably get some airplay. I remember thinking, ‘Who in their right mind would want this to go out?’ We were very fortunate, though, because all of the radio stations who had seen us live knew this was not who we were. So these stations started to flip the record over and play the other song, which was a cover of a blues standard called ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go.’ We actually scored a hit from the B-side! That was the one saving grace of the song.”
You can listen to AC/DC’s ‘Love Song’ below.