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AC/DC - The Jack (1975) - The story of the making of a rock song

How the famous AC/DC hit was created

Song history: AC/DC - "The Jack" (1975)

This musical composition demonstrates how important it is to know the history of songs. Otherwise, you can get into an unpleasant situation, for example, when you order the track "Jack" (English name "The Jack") by AC/DC on the radio for your friend, a rock lover, thinking that the song is about poker or other card game. But, unfortunately, the name can be used not in a direct, but in a figurative sense. So, if your friend is a rock connoisseur, you are likely to get a slap in the face.

Why? In the song, the word "Jack" refers to a sexually transmitted disease. In Austria it is called "tripper", i.e. "gonorrhoea". Therefore, the phrase in the musical composition "she's got the jack" is translated as "she's got the jack", i.e. she has gonorrhoea. But those who are not particularly adept at translating lyrics can find themselves in the strange position of misinterpreting the song.

Writing History

AC/DC
AC/DC

The lyrics of the song "Jackass" were written by Bon Skott, who read a fan's letter to his idol - Australian rock musician Malcolm Young. The note said that the rhythm guitarist had infected the girl with a sexually transmitted disease during intimacy. But for the musician it was absurd, as before the meeting he checked his health in the clinic, and no diseases were detected.

Bon also shared the story that AC/DC had contracted an STI during their tour when they came in close contact with their female fans. Therefore, when performing this track, the musicians on the chorus pointed their fingers at these very girls. Whether this is true or not is unknown.

Initially the song was called very frankly - "Tripper" (English name "The Clap"). But the direct meaning was obviously not suitable for radio playback, so all "slippery" and unpleasant words were disguised as card terms. But at solo concerts the band played their musical composition in its original version, not being shy in expressions.

Song recording

The track "Jack" was recorded in Australia in 1975 and was included in the album "T.N.T". The song was later included on the band's first international record High Voltage.

Angus Young
Angus Young

That's interesting

Because of the hidden meaning, the new version of the song, adapted for the general public, can be interpreted in its own way. For example, someone thinks that the phrase "full house" means "full house" (poker combination), but in fact it means "a bouquet of various sexually transmitted diseases".

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