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MTV News: First off, I have to say the new record is amazing. There aren't any weak spots on it. It feels like each of these tracks could have been plucked from any album of your catalogue. Did it feel somewhat different this time around? Did you know you were on to a classic album?

Angus Young: Yeah, we knew from the beginning what we were looking for in the material. My brother Malcolm and myself, we just wanted to make a good rock and roll album, so that was pretty much the way we approached it for everything. We just said, "We want to be doing rock and roll, and not get sort of sidetracked by any other kind of things." There's always that tendency, you know, and that's why we got my brother, George Young, in [to produce] because he knows what we're capable of. He worked on all our early records. He knows what rock and roll is, and he allows us the room to do what we want to do. If we tell him we want an album that's not commercial, he'll go, "Right, I'll do what you want me to do."

Brian Johnson: It was a lot of fun though, as well. You know, in the studio, there was just bags of good feeling. George is like the sixth member of the band. He's just this great guy, one of these affable guys. He's your best buddy, but he's like your favorite uncle if you've got a problem. He's always there, but in a nice way. But, he has this spirit. He's a guy you always want to be around, you know, one of these real good guys. He has this spirit in there, but he's a hard worker as well. I'm sayin' he's easygoing, but he puts the hammer down in the morning and he'll work you. But it's good, because there's always something next to do. And we just had this great spirit in the studio. And it was a good studio, too.... Great place to work, and we just had a ball. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to stay there. I wanted to do another album.

AY: We packed up and left him there.

BJ: Bastard [Laughs]... Anyway, but it was lots of fun.

MTV: At this point, after all these years, when you're making a record, do you have it down to a science, or do you guys still knock heads over things? Is it a relatively smooth process?

AY: Yeah, well, it's not a formula...

BJ: Nah, it's different every time.

AY: Yeah, each time you're making a song, not everything's the same. For us, the big challenge is to try to find new ways of doing it. We don't try to sit and go, "Well, that worked before, and that worked before." We like to find ways, different ideas, you know. Sometimes you're lucky. You get a bit of inspiration and it all just goes [snap] at once. And then other times you might have to really work on it. But I've never viewed that you can make a formula of it.

BJ: It becomes mathematical, doesn't it?

AY: Except none of us knows any math.








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