From the north-east of England, Brian Johnson (5 October 1947, Dunston, Gateshead, England; vocals), Victor Malcolm (guitar), Tom Hill (bass) and Brian Gibson (drums) started life as a poor mans Slade, originally calling themselves USA before adopting the more appropriate Geordie. Their unconsciously professional style was based on the pop end of the hard rock spectrum, with a stage act that included an audience participation opus, the dialectal Geordies Lost His Liggy, which involved Johnson hoisting Malcolm onto his shoulders. After one single for Regal Zonophone Records, Dont Do That, scraped the hit parade, they were signed by EMI Records, whose faith was justified when All Because Of You, from 1973s Hope You Like It, reached the UK Top 20. Two lesser entries - Can You Do It and Electric Lady - followed, and the groups albums sold steadily. Geordies power as a...