Sep 152011

Clearance Alert is a joint series with Limelight, “the simplest way to clear any cover song.” It spotlights new cover songs licensed through the company. Find out more at Limelight.

The inaugural post in our new series with our Limelight partners digs up a gem from a few months back. It’s Hawaii singer/songwriter Will Shine, who threw a left-field cover on his new album Here, There, and Everywhere in Between. Amidst the folk-rock wistfulness, one boisterous acoustafunk jam seems oddly familiar. After a minute or so, you realize, yes, it is indeed a horn-fueled AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” swaggering with a whole new attitude very different from the original’s. We’re talking horn solos, a backup chorus, and jammy acoustic rhythms.

“I’ve always loved the tune and thought it would be fun to do it somehow,” he said. “I’m not Brian Johnson, and frankly my style isn’t b.a. enough to pull off an ‘identical’/similar version of the tune. I thought, because of the latter factors, it might be cool to sing it down an octave, give it a swingin’ sort of funky groove, use no electric guitar and see what sort of sound was created. I ended up loving it! I think this is what it would sound like if AC/DC had Marc Broussard as its frontman and Saturday Night Live’s tenor sax player sitting in with the band.”

Check out Will Shine’s “Back in Black” below.

Will Shine – Back in Black (AC/DC cover)

Buy Will Shine’s ‘Here, There, and Everywhere in Between’ on iTunes or Amazon.

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