Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Album: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
Charted: 47


  • AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young got the song title from the 1962 animated cartoon series Beany and Cecil. The Show first aired on ABC Television and only ran for one season until the 26 episodes shown were cast as repeats for the next five years until it was recreated in 1968. The specific inspiration for the song name was the cartoon's main villain, "Dishonest John," who would carry around a business card that said, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Holidays, Sundays, and Special Rates." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Nick - Cairns, Australia
  • This song epitomizes AC/DC's dangerous and mean sound, with Angus Young's heavy guitar and Bon Scott's leering, vocals that would have scared the living daylights out of any unsuspecting teenage Pop fans when this song first hit the airwaves (they did it on a national TV show in Australia called Countdown, which was usually frequented by acts like ABBA and Bucks Fizz).
  • This was recorded at Alberts Studios in Sydney, Australia in 1976 soon after the sessions that produced the Australian version of their TNT album.
  • Regarding the lyrics, "Just ring: 3-6-2-4-3-6," this was an actual phone number in Australia at the time, and it also could describe the measurements of a very shapely woman: 36-24-36. A year later, the Commodores used the same measurements to describe a woman in their song "Brick House." Sir Mix-a-Lot, however, scoffed at these measurements in his 1992 hit "Baby Got Back," where he says: "36-24-36? Only if she's 5'3."
  • The ending is one of the most famous screams in rock history. For those wondering, it's spelled: "Yaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrggghhhhhh!" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark - Sydney, Australia
  • Norman and Marilyn White, a couple from Libertyville, Illinois, sued the band for invasion of privacy after they were inundated with calls due to this song. Apparently, many AC/DC fans in the area dialed 3-6-2-4-3-6-8 (interpreting the "hey!" as "eight"), which was their phone number. The couple claimed they received hundreds of "lewd, suggestive and threatening" phone calls, presumably asking for various dirty deeds at low, low prices. The Whites asked for $250,000 in damages and demanded that the band re-record the song, but a judge ruled against them. First Amendment, you know.
  • This was used in the Norm MacDonald movie Dirty Work. It is played while Norm's character Mitch and his friend Sam are wrecking a building in an attempt to get it condemned. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    DC - Kansas City, MO
  • On a 2008 episode of The Simpsons where they team up on a stakeout, we learn that Homer Simpson and the pious Ned Flanders have some common ground in their musical tastes. Homer likes AC/DC, and Ned likes their Christian tribute band: AD/BC, and their version of this song, "Kindly Deeds Done For Free."
  • Lesley Gore, known for '60s hits like "It's My Party," recorded this for the 2002 compilation album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear. Her version was produced by Mauro DeSantis, who worked with Cevin Soling on the track. Soling, who was executive producer of the album, told Songfacts why he chose this song for Gore: "Her stuff was fairly empowering as far as female artists and things that she was doing. So it's not like it was the complete stretch, but you still think kind of the lighter girl-group kind of music from the '60s, and here's something that's pretty hard-core aggressive. But at the same time, I certainly concede that she was doing edgy stuff in her own way, at the time."
  • The song about murder for hire enjoyed a sales spike following drummer Phil Rudd being charged with trying to procure a murder in November 2014. The charge was soon dropped.

Comments: 64

  • Mike Roy from Gorham, MainePete from Kansas City, KS - Charles Manson was never executed...He died of natural causes at 83. Your uncle better return the $1,000.00 since it never happened!!!
  • Philip from Highland InManson is dead now. Without a scream Pete.
  • Eric from AzFrom what I have heard, the "scream" (yell) at the end is actually Angus Young, which can be seen live by looking at some vids on youtube.
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesMy favorite mondegreen is "Dirty Deeds and the Dunder Chief". The first station I worked at, one of my co-workers said that was how it always sounded to him. So many people have heard it this way, that you can now buy a WANTED poster with these two dastardly characters on it. They portray the Dunder Chief as Kaiser Wilhelm -- I always pictured him as some Native American badass like Russ Means.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjWhat astounds me is that Angus was able to just tap the notes in the solo for so long with such little distortion and without even picking it! I tried to replicate it and I have a really hard time unless I turn the distortion up. I have a Fernandes with a compression sustainer built into it and I use that for some of my lead playing, but Angus had/has no such technology.
  • Kathleen from Chatham, NjGotta say, this is one of my favorite songs of all time! The whole feel of the song is great. Theres something about it that makes me want to play it over and over again!
  • Gabe from Huntsville, AlPete, are you on meth? Charels Manson is not dead, and i'm not sure you could put that in a song anyway. Your uncle is full of it.
  • Stormy from Kokomo, InThis is my all-time favorite AC/DC song because it reminds me of a certain time in my life when I was trying to start a health club and a certain girlfriend was screwing around on me!
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandConsidering that a) you don't scream when you're electrcuted - you're in shock, and b) Charles Manson's still alive. I don't believe Pete from Kansas one little bit.
  • Zachary from Niagara Falls, Nywell really it aint a crime unless your caught duh! but yeah i think the song is about someone or gang,etc... having people do there business for the gang,person,etc...
  • Briar from Hazard, KyThis song is about contract killing. Personally, if I was going to kill somebody I'd rather do it myself. I need to stress the fact that I would not ever kill anybody in real life, just in print
  • Austin from Bristow, VaLove this song. There ain't no shame in crime.
  • Sarah from Hell, WiPete: Charles Manson isn't dead
  • Nady from Adelaide, Australiaummm...yeah thats kinda twisted...ewie
  • Pete from Kansas City, KsThe scream at the end of the song is not Angus, but the recording of Charles Manson being executed in the electric chair. The executioner (my uncle) recorded it on his cassette player and got $ 1,000.00 for it from the record producer.
  • Vic from Knoxville, TnI can't help but flash an evil smile when the guitar hits the upper octave near the end
  • Nady from Adelaide, Australiaummm as much as I love The Who and AC/DC, I'd still have to say that Jim Morrison has the BEST scream everrrrr, it puts Daltry to shame mwahahaha
  • Joel from Columbia, MdThis song is about getting rid of people who screw up your life. It's actually catchy despite the lyrics. On a side note some people say they don't listen to the lyrics just the beat. Well, I think that is a bunch of crap.
  • Bess from San Diego, Ca(To Dee, Indianapolis) You do feel like a rebel while listening to AC/DC and being young. I'm pretty much a "good" girl, and listening to these guys is one of the few ways I can feel like I'm doing something that I probably shouldn't be doing -- you know? Especially since my mom and dad don't like them . . . Anyway, awesome song, awesome band. We miss you, Bon!
  • Ryan from Morrison, IlThis song was also covered by Joan Jett.
  • Melissa from Lorton, VaDUDE!! I am now obsessed w/ this song. It's in my top 5 AC/DC songs. But does this sound a lot like T.N.T or WHAT?
  • Selina from Perth, AustraliaGreat song- has a great riff, and the hammer-ons and pull-offs at the end part of that solo and then the bend- amazing- oh man, even live he pulls it off so well- and the puffing in the background from Mal and Mark just gives it that edge as the guitar dies down after the chord and you can hear Bon dishin out his dirt- so simple and so effective- :) :D
  • Luke from Manchester, England'Dirty Deeds (Done With Sheep' is by bob Rivers, he has a different voice to Albert Yankovic
  • Dejan from Koprivnica, CroatiaThe scream in the end is performed by Angus!
    Some fans you are!
  • Billy from Phoenixville, PaI was at what was called THE KISSMAS PARTY kiss was main atraction AC/DC warm up band,when they played it was a big suprise I asked my friend loudly(is this kiss) he said no,but we were all sta nding in the spectrum in Philly they rocked the house.
    Butof course with kisses stage show of fire on we went but for new music at the time AC/DC ruled the music for sure wem were happy with whole show.
    this was with bonney bon scott belting out the song what a show.
  • Roger from Stockholm, SwedenI prefer Weird Al Yankowich version "Dirty Deeds done with sheep"
  • Susan from Odessa, TxI own everything AC/DC has put out, I have alway loved the their music, and truly enjoyed the shows they have put on at the concerts that I have attended. - Susan Odessa, TX
  • Ben from Baltimore, MdThe thing definetly says its ONE of the greatest in rock n roll history, not THE greatest. Stop arguing. AC/DC is amazing, the numbers prove it. People who say they suck should play in traffic.
  • Lester from New York City, NyThis is CD#1 in my 200 CD player. Great tune, but 'Squealer' is my favorite AC/DC song.
  • Nick from Pittsburgh, PaI couldn't agree more with Kiyoto. Roger Daltry's scream is by far the best and most famous. In my eyes I think AC/DC was just a bunch of noise.. Very simple guitar and very simple drums. With a very annoying voice.
  • Kiyoto from Vancouver, Canadai really have to agree with Mike from Hillsborough NJ. And Aussie ffff man u really on drugs. The Who are way better than AC/DC, even though AC/DC is one of my favourites, the who still kick a**!
  • Aussie from Fffff, Australiabecca, hamilton, Canada What the hell are you on!!!you must have the worst musical ear in the universe
  • Kiyoto from Vancouver, CanadaOk, i don't think that the scream in this song is the most famous in Rock history. Personally I think its when roger Daltrey belts out a scream at the end of Won't get Fooled Again.
  • Joaquin from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
    This song always make me dance when it's played on the radio.

    Saludos a juarez, a las machorras de la 6 de abril, al nano y al pito
  • Joaquin from Ciudad Juarez, MexicoOne of my favorites: great riffing, superb lyrics, awesome rhythm and a great solo by Young, but any version sung by johnson dissapoints me, (just think no one could sing it like Bon Scott)
  • Joel from Columbia, ScYep, DDDDC is about a hit man/woman. Just read the lyrics and you'll see what I frapping mean.
    BTW/ in my opinion it does not sound like TNT,
    sorry Becca but this is a totally different song.
  • Mike from Hillsborough, NjI love AC/DC i listen to them more than any other band but Roger Daltry's scream in Won't Get Fooled Again is better than Bon Scott's scream in Dirty Deeds.
  • Leah from Humboldt, Iai really like this song. even if it is about a hit man.
  • Keith from San Anselmo, CaLesley Gore does a pretty good version of this song.
  • Lacie from Whitefish, MtGood song! Kinda reminds me of cave man! But one of my favorte acdc songs next to highway to hell and shook me all night long!
  • Voodoocat from Zimbabwe, United StatesYeah, this is definitely a song about a hit wo/man.
  • D from Lake Forest, IlI love playing this song on my guitar
  • The Last True Rocker from Phoenix, Arthis song is awesome!!!!!!! the one on the live cd is good, but the original is always better
  • Dalton from Columbus, United StatesThis is to me the best AC/DC song I know. Oh yeah, no The Who's song can't be better, becasue there's almost nothing better. The scream at the end is great. I love the drums in this one. The words at the end..awesomoe.
  • Chris from Perth, AustraliaOk ok ok This is about a Hitman (1st person view from Bon Scott) who is telling a boy/girl in the 1st verse that if he/she is having trouble with their highschool head and they want to graduate, they don't have to become a 'teachers pet' and suck up to the principal(You wanna graduate but not in his bed).

    Just pick up the phone and call him, he's always home, call him anytime (he's a hitman advertising basically)

    Similarly in the second verse he is a Hitman only this time appealing to any man who is sick and tired of his Wife and wants her dead!

    These are the 'dirty deeds'! and they are done dirt cheap (the price of hiring the hitman is cheaper than the value of a human life-obviously)
  • Ac/dc_misfit from Millmerran, AustraliaThey got the title off a cartoon when Angus was young. The bad guy off the show used to go around showing a pop-up card that read "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." "Dirt Cheap" means extremly cheap.
  • Chase from Sedona, AzI think that dirty deeds done dirt cheap, is about a guy or girl...who gives pleasure to someone for money..thats cheap. lol. but i feel that most of the lyrics are just flat out cheesy and fun. lyrics from a band who dont give jack about what people think about them. and look how they turned out...FAMOUSE!
  • Dj from Oshawa, Canadais this song about a contract killer? because when i was looking at the lyrics it had some connections of things that a contract killer would do like when he says
    "Concrete shoes,
    cyanide, TNT
    Done Dirt Cheap
    Necktighs,contracts, highvoltage
    Done Dirt Cheap"
  • Billy from Boston, MaThis Is a great AC/DC song. Evan, The Who are good too but Angus Young is far superior to Peter Townsend as a guitarist. If you've seen video footage, the things Angus does on stage are hilarious. First of all he's a short guy who goes around stage with no shirt doing the Chuck Barry duckwalk. His own signature trick, lyting on the fllor moving his legs in a clockwise motion while playing the guitar. In the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap video at Donington Feild in Sydney he sticks the neck of his guitar in between Brain Johnston's legs near his unmentionables. When i first saw it it was really funny looking. I will admit Evan, to your credit Rodger Daltrey has a better voice than Brian Johnston and Bon Scott. I still say AC/DC is still heavier and bettter than the Who.
  • Ben from Red Deeri love this song but i dont know what ac-dc is trying to send out to me please ansewer back
  • Melody from Jacksonville, Flthis song is freakin awesome. my second favorite ac/dc song after back in black.
  • Evan from Schererville, InRoger Daltrey's scream in Won't Get Fooled Again is way better
  • Jules from Kc, MoOutstanding song, outstanding album--the first AC/DC vinyl I ever owned! Now onward......
    Whoaaaa....AC/DC parodies blasphemous? Guess maybe y'all that griped haven't seen the video for "Baby Please Don't Go"! Talk about parodies--Bon Scott dressed as a woman of all things! AC/DC are the kings of making fun of themselves--get Family Jewels---watch The Boys NOT taking themselves too seriously--its great fun!
    Now---if AC/DC cared--dontcha think there would be lawsuit after lawsuit...so on and so forth. Besides, in the end, whose laughing all the way to the bank? I'm pretty sure it ain't the guy that parodied the song...
    Anyhoo-since we're entitled to our opionions (we all have one and they all stink) that's mine for the record.

    Jules - USA
  • Justin from Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaJust to let you know john, with an australian accent we dont tend to pronounce our r's, but rest assured, its there
  • John Dough from Toronto, CanadaI remember skipping through a bunch of channels when I heard this song playing on Lizzie McGuire. It was the same thing in every way except for the singer. The cut out Bon and put in some crappy teenage voice! What the heck?! What's wrong with Bon Scott, Disney? His voice is better than the same squeaky teen you hear in every new band these days!
  • John Dough from Toronto, CanadaI thought the ending was YYAAAAAAAAAAAGGHHHHHHHHH. I didn't hear any Rs in there.
  • Haggai from Sydney, AustraliaIf parodying them is blasphemous, then whoever remixed them deserves to be burnt on the stake!
  • Josh from Las Vegas, Nvnotice all the other bands that have copied the blocked eyes now...
  • Ben from Perth, CanadaYou can't parody AC/DC that is Blasphemy. I can't believe people who would maniulate such an amazing song... what is this world coming to...
  • David from Gosford, AustraliaThis was originally released in Australia in 1976, a full 5 years before it surfaced in Europe and America. The Aussie LPs track listing and artwork is totally different to the US one and is now a collectors item as the US version is now the standard version on CD both here in Australia and overseas.
  • Russ from Christchurch, New ZealandVery funny parody made called "Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep"
  • Nathan from Ohsweken, Canadathis is a relly giid song it has as good riff and a good solo and everything i cant believe it was rated on guitar players 100 worst riffs off all time!!
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InI remember listening to this song as a kid. We were not suppose to listen to such music,so when I did, I felt like a real rebel. The eyes blocked on on the album cover always stood out as an interesting thing when I was younger as well.
  • Lunaticsonthegrass from Montreal, CanadaOne of my favourite AC/DC songs ever. It just flat out rocks!
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