If you like your Christmas with hard-hitting rock’n’roll, AC/DC’s offering may be just the song. ‘Mistress for Christmas’ is from the album The Razors Edge which opens with the now classic ‘Thunderstruck’. The liner notes attest to the band maturing and yet still having a principal belief in hard liquor, cheap sex, fast money and the endless quest for a good time.
The production on this album was by Canadian rock producer Bruce Fairbairn, known for his work with Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, to name a few; it is the first time original band member Phil Rudd is not behind the drums. The band is as tight as any previous or later line-up with the driving force behind all AC/DC songs being that of Malcolm and Angus Young.
With the exception of Christmas bells and a spoken introduction, this track is as hard-hitting as any AC/DC song with its solid rhythm section and soaring interplay between Angus’s guitar riff and Johnson’s vocal dynamics. With lyrics such as ‘Love ‘em and leave ‘em and on with the show’, ‘Mistress for Christmas’ may not be your average Christmas carol but it sure sounds good when you crank up the volume.