Touch Too Much

Album: Highway To Hell (1979)
Charted: 29

Songfacts®:

  • This is about the dangers of excess, which the band was quite familiar with. They were notorious for their wild parties, girls, and drinking. Lead singer Bon Scott drank himself to death six months after this was released.
  • Released as a single, this became just the second AC/DC song to chart in the UK, following "Rock 'N' Roll Damnation," which made #24.
  • Bon Scott's last performance was when he lip-synched this song when the band performed it on Top of the Pops, a popular British music show. The show aired February 7, 1980; Scott died 12 days later.
  • Considering how many of their songs are about drinking, it is surprising that AC/DC guitarist Angus Young didn't touch the stuff. When he was young, a bad encounter with Bond 7 Australian whiskey turned him off from alcohol.
  • Brian Johnson never sang this one live. The last time the band performed it in concert with Bon Scott was on December 14, 1979 in Nice, France. The next time the band played it in concert was on May 22, 2016 during their concert in Prague, Czech Republic, with Axl Rose singing lead. The Guns N' Roses frontman toured with the band because Johnson was at risk for total hearing loss if he played large venues.

Comments: 29

  • Noah from Columbus Indiana Second best beginning to a song (first being hells bells). Their most descriptive and thought out lyrics and an amazing chorus that was sung perfectly to almost sound like ten people instead of two (Malcolm and cliff have rarely done this but it’s awesome). It is a literal masterpiece and is beyond underated. The soft guitar parts perfectly complement the lyrics and adds all the more depth. Also I have never seen a solo compliment a song so much. In my top three with “Hells Bells”, “Soul Stripper” (which is basically cooler than saying heartbreaker) and this. It is nothing less than perfection.
  • Dave Jacobs from Fargo, North DakotaAcute alcohol poisoning and, something that Bon would more than likely have a laugh about, "Death By Misadventure" Tragic loss indeed and not many learned from it.
  • Austin Rollins from Bristow, VaMaybe this song is about Bon Scott's encounter with a Pegasister.
  • Netops from DcThink I found 1/2 of the only known live recording from a concert in Nice in 1979
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y2pE8NTbjc
    If anyone has the whole recording please put it on youtube and link it here
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaNever been to a party here in BC, Canada, that didn't do heavy AC/DC playtime.
  • Thomas from Keaau, HiThe song is about the perfect woman doing everything astronomical and driving the guy crazy. He will become addicted to her, and he will lose in the end. How many of you guys are with the perfect woman that you experienced? They move on. We are left with the memories, touch too much.... please.
  • Frank from Toronto, Onhey its not just americans that love ac/dc us canadiens love them too, when i go to a family reunion or a wedding or some thing you can bet that ac/dc is going to be like atleast 50% of the tack listing
  • Dave from Gold Coast, AustraliaCan't believe how many americans are this into acdc. its great!

    the bloke from perth is right. over the years though, bon used to go drinking with jimmy barnes and swanny (jimmys half brother or whatever), they used to drink for like 2 or 3 days straight!!!! noone could drink like them. they used to take speed to stay awake, but not in excess. the story of his death is he was left in the car after excessive alcohol, and he remained there overnight and all the next day til the afternoon when someone discovered him.
  • Caitlin from Colmesneil, TxIn fact this song was originally supposed to be about the dangers of excess. The lyrics where changed to be about sex later, but in fact the song originally had different lyrics. Listen to the Volts version; they're on there.
  • Mike from Denver, Cobest album AC/DC has ever released. one of the best songs. RIP bon.
  • Gary from Sandhurst, United StatesHas anyone noticed that the cover of the single is reverse image. Angus is holding his guitar wrong.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis song is just about shagging... Not excess, it's about Bon Scott and a woman.
  • Austin from Bristow, VaLove this song. My favorite from the Highway to Hell album. AC/DC ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    RIP Bon Scott

    July 9, 1946-February 19, 1980.

    We miss you.
  • Austin from Bristow, VaOne of my favorites from the Highway to Hell album. We miss you Bon.
  • Will from Los Angeles, CaBON SCOTT DID NOT DROWN IN HIS OWN VOMIT!!! That is a terrible assumption that everyone makes.

    Bon Scott did pass out from acute alcohol poisoning that night. It was a very cold night, when the put him in that car. The official police report stated that Bon died for resperatory failure due to his life-long acute asthma, the alcohol, and the cold.

    Please, people. I hurts me to hear people say that Bon Scott (THE Bon Scott) drowned in his own vomit. Spread the good word, people. Please
  • Sydney from Marshfield, Albaniai really like angus and mal,they make a great team
  • Sydney from Marshfield, Albaniai miss bon,he was an awesome singer!
  • Mike from Kinston, NcBon CHOKED on his own vomit, on Overhill Rd. in London after leaving a club called the Music Machine and falling asleep in the back seat of his friend`s car. He never almost died a bunch of times from trying drugs and living on the edge.
  • Sarah from Corsham, EnglandThis is the first song that really got me into AC/DC. It brings back so many memories of when I was 15, (that's when I first got into them). Unfortunately Bon was already dead, but I really do believe he's got the best voice ever. I love Walk All over You and Love Song, and Ride On. In fact any song will do. What a waste of a life, I have seen them a couple of times with Brian, but wish I could have seen them with original line up.
  • Selina from Perth, AustraliaBon didnt choke on vomit like Jimi Hendrix did. Everything throughout his life, taking risks and living dangerously and willing to try anything, lead up to his death, not just the fact that he had been drinking on that fateful nite of the 19th. He 'nearly died' plenty of other times before from things he had done, from trying drugs and being on the edge, but he always made sure the other guys from the band did not follow him. And this song is graet i just love that first chord- the rythm of it- is great n it's just a fun song about him n a girl as usual... But I'm sure everyone else will sit here thinkin up more deeper meanings n saying their Satanists n all that crap...well they're not...anyway... :)
  • Ely from Lima, PeruOh! I love this song,and the lyrics,oh,my gosh!! I think is a masterpiece,I really love it!!!
  • Nils from Oslo, NorwayBon Scott died in a friend's car from choking vomit.
    He'd been drinking heavily
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScCool song! It's not well known though. Did Bon Scot die a death similar to Jimi Hendrick's or what's the deal? I know he died in a car from drinking too much, and alcohol poisoning.
  • Susan from Waveland, MsOpening makes for a great ring tone
  • Ben from Charlotte, NcDid Bon Scott die of alcohol poisoning or a drug and alcohol combo?? I know he liked whiskey and cheap wine (whiskey 40-50%abv and cheap wine is usually 20%) and I got alcohol poisoning off of shots of gin, several bottles of Wild Irish Rose and a 5th of liquor.. so i was wondering why they didn't take him to the hospital.. I told some people to take me and I ended up fine after a couple of days.

    does anyone know how much he could drink in a night... I heard that the drummer from def leopard could drink 3 5ths or more a night.
  • Isabel from Miami, Fllove the beggining, and the solo.
    the entire song, its one of my favorites on the album. i have the 1979 tape and i still listen to that as opposed to the cd. it feels more original.
  • Jimmy from Margswhat about angus
    hes 50 this year
  • Mleissa from Wasaga Beach, CanadaYeah, it is awesome.
    Lol I still dont understand why Phil Rudd and Malcolm Young are like, 51 and 53 and still are hot. i think its the hair lol
  • Danielle from Swanton, OhAwesome AC/DC song.
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