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Stranded on Planet AC/DC... Don't Bother Sending Help

Problem children of XM Nation, unite! All month long, to mark the release of AC/DC's 15th studio album Black Ice - due October 20, and available offline exclusively at Walmart - XM has turned its channel 53 into "AC/DC Radio." Just like the satellite-radio provider did with Led Zeppelin, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay and Metallica earlier this year, XM 53 is all-AC/DC, all day long, all month long. Yes, it's every bit as awesome as you imagine.

Of course, that means plenty of "Hell's Bells," "Back In Black," "For Those About to Rock," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and all the other Down-Under classics - "Thunderstruck" is on right now - but also plenty of lesser-known tracks that are just as raunchy and fist-pounding: "Let's Get It Up," "Cover You In Oil," "Sink the Pink," "Sin City," "Dirty Eyes," "Given the Dog a Bone," "Shot of Love," etc.

Also, there's been covers like Chuck Berry's "School Days" and Big Joe Williams' 1935 blues chestnut "Baby Please Don't Go," which most people will probably recognize from covers by Van Morrisson's Them and Aerosmith. About once an hour, AC/DC Radio spins Black Ice's first single "Rock N Roll Train," evidence enough these cats can still bring it - it's already No. 1 on rock radio, though God knows if any Houston stations save KACC are playing it. (Rocks Off doubts it... see the video here.)

It's dawned on Rocks Off that it's possible to soundtrack your entire life to AC/DC. For instance, in the romantic arena, Rocks Off's last few attempts have been much more "Shot Down In Flames" than "Hard as a Rock." But hey, such is life on the highway to hell.

By the way, tickets for AC/DC's show at Toyota Center December 14 went on sale this past Saturday and have already sold out. Hello, StubHub! - Chris Gray

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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