Suuns’ Singer Selects a Rare AC/DC Cover

Ben Shemie harkens back to the Bon Scott era for this rarity



Suuns’ Ben Shemie tells BlastEcho about his favorite song you’ve never heard:

“Baby, Please Don’t Go” by AC/DC

The sheer popularity of a band like AC/DC makes its kind of impossible to dig up sleeper hits or ‘songs you’ve never heard.’ On the other hand, one can get lost in a catalog so vast that entire records can sound the same.

I grew up listening to AC/DC as a kid dreaming of electric guitars and idolizing Angus Young. One of the first cassettes I got was ’74 Jailbreak, which was an early EP that was only released in North America in ’83. It’s vintage AC/DC and the stand-out track for me was always “Baby, Please Dont Go.” It didn’t take long to realize that this is actually a cover song and probably one of the most covered classic blues tunes you can find. It is certainly is not going be found on a “greatest hits.”

Part of the reason I’ve always been attracted to this song is that it doesn’t fall into over-the-top glitter of chunky AC/DC tunes. In fact, it is one of the more restrained AC/DC jams. There is almost a kraut-y groove that coats the song. Another unique hallmark of this tune is a very amazing moment when Bon Scott’s voice trails off and the producer adds a huge reverb tail while Angus’s guitar drops a tapping guitar solo. It’s like a different band. This almost ‘modern rock’ production never happens in AC/DC songs. As a kid, and still today, it still pushes my buttons.

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