'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band’s third LP released in Europe in 1976 but was not released in the US until 1981, more than one year after Bon Scott’s death.
All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott.
The title track would become one of the band’s most famous songs, with the narrator inviting people experiencing problems to either call him on 36-24-36, an actual phone number in Australia in the 1960s, or visit him at his home, at which point he will perform assorted unsavoury acts to resolve said problems. Situations in which he offers assistance include those involving lewd high school headmasters and significant others who are either adulterous or who persistently find fault with their partners. The term “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” pays homage to the cartoon Beany and Cecil, which Angus watched when he was a child. One of the cartoon’s characters was named Dishonest John, and carried a business card that read, “Dirty deeds done dirt cheap. Special rates for Sundays and holidays.”
In 1981, after the album was released in the U.S., Norman and Marilyn White of Libertyville, Illinois in Lake County, Illinois Circuit Court against Atlantic Records and its distributors because, they alleged, their telephone number was included in the song, resulting in hundreds of prank phone calls. Their attorney told the Chicago Tribune that the song’s 36-24-36 digits were followed by what to his clients sounded like an “8,” thus creating the couple’s phone number.
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|Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap||3:46|
|Love At First Feel||3:05|
|There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'||3:14|
|Ain't No Fun (Waiting Round To Be A Millionaire)||6:51|