Angus Young reveals he came up with Highway To Hell while sitting on the toilet

The guitarist laid the lyrical golden egg while “sitting on the throne more or less”.

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Angus Young has revealed that he wrote the iconic verses to Highway To Hell during a trip to the loo.

Speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music 1’s Essentials Radio, Angus recalled the writing session in Miami, Florida where he and his brother – the late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young – came up with the classic AC/DC tune.

“I started playing the beginning, the intro. And so I was doing the da-da-da, da-da-da,” Angus said. “And then I said to Malcolm – I had this thing about the drums – and I said, ​‘I just want it to come in in the right spot.’ And he said, ​‘Okay.’”

With Malcolm behind the drums, the tune started to come together, but it still needed the words to bring it back home. This was when Angus laid a lyrical golden egg – while on a bathroom break, no less.

“I went to the toilet,” he said. “And I was there and I’m sitting and thinking.”

“I’m just sitting on the throne more or less. And then I go, ​‘I think I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got the idea in my head. And then I came [back out to the rehearsal room] and I said, ​‘I’ve got it. Highway To Hell.’”

The song had found its words, but it was a suggestion from Malcolm that would turn it into an anthem.

“I was over the chords that we had tried out through a chorus,” Angus said. “And [Malcolm] went, ​‘Yeah, that’ll work.’ And he said, ​‘If we spread it out a bit into a full singing thing,’ So he came up with a spread of it – (singing) Highway to hell.”

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