Monday, February 21, 2005

A Death Is Mourned

It is always tragic when a great artist is taken from us. Even when he appears to us in the guise of a manic drug and alcohol abuser, a true genius with words somehow seems to rise above his failings.

And no matter how many years may pass, his poetic flame will still burn brightly.

No, I don't mean that gonzo scribbler !

Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC and surely the best thing to come out of Kirriemuir since the infamous ball was held, died twenty-five years ago.

Some say he went to heaven, some say he went to hell. But we will always be in his debt for lyrics like these.

"She had the face of an angel, smiling with sin,
The body of Venus - with arms"

Aware that to an educated listener "the body of Venus" could only mean this woman, Bon was at pains to point out that, unlike the Venus de Milo, the muse who inspired 'Touch Too Much' did actually possess two arms (I don't know if he ever met Heather Mills, or Alison Lapper - what a song there might have been).

This was typical of his craftsmanship and attention to detail.

In memory of this blazing, bourbon-soaked comet in the rock firmament, BBC Radio Wales presents an hour of classic Bon Scott music, available via the Interweb for the next week or so. Listen and wonder.

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