AC/DC‘s video for the new song “Play Ball” is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.
When the clip isn’t focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen performing the pump-up stadium-ready anthem, it’s cutting between slow-motion cleavage-heavy footage from the Legends of Football League where women play in bootie shorts and bras. It also heavily features women in similarly revealing outfits rolling around a muddy field playing soccer and one who’s just sitting awkwardly on a pool table striking an alluring pose as a billiards obstacle while game tricky play goes on around her body.
Of course there are the comedic bits too, like professional football fumbles, nuns playing soccer, an elephant slam dunking a basketball and all sorts of other strange archival footage. But really if parody is what they’re going for, it may be a bit heavy on the misogyny to have fully achieved its intent.
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The raucous track’s off AC/DC’s upcoming Rock or Bust LP and is the group’s first video to feature their new rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, who has replaced his uncle Malcom Young, who left the band this year due to debilitating dementia.
Drummer Phil Rudd is also absent from the clip, with former Shogun drummer Bob Richards sitting. Rudd was arrested recently for reasons including number of charges including attempting to procure murder, which has since been dropped, but that’s not the reason for his absence. According to Rolling Stone, Rudd missed the video shoot to handle a “family emergency” this past October.
Meanwhile, guitarist Angus Young and frontman Brian Johnson are rocking just about as well as they ever have.
“I never thought we’d do this again, but here we are with a new album, getting all the boys together again,” Johnson said in a behind-the-scenes video released Sunday. “It’s fantastic.”