“STOP THE SONG. I’m not playing it”: Longtime Triple M announcer Dangerous Dave went rogue while live on-air this morning.
Longtime Triple M announcer “Dangerous” Dave Williams went rogue on-air this morning, pausing the station’s ‘Rock’s Greatest Hits 600’ countdown and flat-out refusing to play the next song.
Dave was counting down the listener-voted poll of the top 600 rock songs of all time, when he got to number 149 – and baulked at the result.
“Coming in at number 149 on the countdown, it’s Back in Black. It’s AC/DC, and – stop it. STOP THE SONG,” he ordered.
“AC DC, Back in Black? At 149? Je vous demande pardon. I will not accept that.”
He then fielded a couple of calls from listeners who were equally shocked by the “terrible” result for one of the most iconic hard rock songs of all time – although at least one admitted he hadn’t actually voted for it in the countdown.
“What’s happened? It’s a given, people think, ‘Oh, Back in Black will be there – I won’t vote for it, someone else will vote for it.”
“I’m not playing it. I’m not playing it at 149, I refuse to play Back in Black there. Every time we’ve done a countdown, it’s a given – Back in Blacktop 10.
He then vowed to create a new number in the countdown – “27a” – to air the song.
It was certainly a lowly result for a song that has traditionally placed high in lists of the greatest rock songs ever.
VH1 placed it fourth in a list of the greatest metal songs, and later named the second-greatest hard rock song ever by the same outlet.
And back in 2010, the song came second in Triple M’s Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown. The top five were all AC/DC songs.
The song was actually only a modest chart success when first released back in 1980, reaching just 65 on the charts here in Australia and 35 in the US.
However, its parent album of the same name is one of the highest-selling rock albums of all time, selling close to a million copies in Australia alone.