Norway’s Susanna covers AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way To the Top,” and she’s stripped that classic rock anthem to the bone.
Susanna’s delicate singing about “one-night stands,” “gettin’ stoned” and “gettin’ beat up” never sounded more isolating and so beautiful. It’s doubtful her version would ever make rock-and-roll-hungry musicians reconsider that roach motel and dive bar, but it’s fantastic to hear AC/DC’s manly music getting stripped bare.
Listen to Susanna’s version on Soundcloud, performed live from Tomba Emmanuelle, taken from a concert with Morten Qzenild and Helge Sten at Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway. Susanna is part of Susanna and the Magical Orchestra — their 2005 album “Melody Mountain” reinterpreted songs by Leonard Cohen, Sandy Denny, Kiss, Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and Depeche Mode.
Susanna has also interpreted songs by Dolly Parton, Thin Lizzy and ABBA.
Listen to “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and just see if you can easily float back to the original without being changed in some way.