In what many in the world of music are seeing as a surprise move, hard-rocking heavy metal merchants, AC/DC, have announced the multi-platinum selling band’s next record will be a concept album based on the lives of Scottish show business icons, The Krankies.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine guitarist Angus Young said: ‘Fandabbydozy, is a modern day rock opera, based on the amazing and controversial lifestyles of the hugely popular kid’s TV comedy duo. A sort of Quadrophenia for the 2000s, if you will.’
‘Craig and Janette are an amazing couple. Because behind that knockabout slapstick style there are some really serious contemporary issues being tackled head on. For example, gender fluidity. You can’t tell me that a mature woman dressed as Just William and playing a cheeky schoolboy for decades hasn’t been doing cutting-edge pioneering work in this area. One track, ‘Who Really am I?’ explores this through the medium of a fifteen minute guitar solo.’
And Axl Rose, the group’s vocalist agrees. ‘Hey, and what about them coming out as having been swingers? That’s was something just so left field. Forget driving Harleys into swimming pools or snorting line after line of Coke off naked hookers. The Krankies are real rock and roll crazy guys. The final cut on the album, Ten Bangs a Night, is inspired by all that shit, man.’
It remains to be seen how the album is received upon release by die hard AC/DC fans, but if it goes well Young has confirmed that the band has already penned the follow-up, Another Fine Mess… all about the secret lives of Laurel and Hardy.