"Problem Child" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the fourth track of their Australian album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, released in September 1976, and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.
It is also the fifth track on the international version of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, released in November 1976. The international version was not released in the United States until April 1981. A shortened version was also the fifth track on some versions of Let There Be Rock, released in June 1977, replacing "Crabsody In Blue" from that album's Australian version.
During live performances, Scott would sometimes introduce the song by saying it was about Angus Young.
The song is written from the point of view of an extremely anti-social
person. This person threatens the use of knives
, drinks alcohol
, and challenges the police
, amongst other vices
. While the speaker does not hate
everything, he promises to violently oppose anything he dislikes.
"Problem Child" has been included on two official AC/DC live albums, 1978
's If You Want Blood You've Got It
and Live from the Atlantic Studios
, the latter being recorded in 1977
and later released as part of 1997
box set. (It also saw limited release in 1977 as a promo sent to radio stations
). Both versions feature Bon Scott
on lead vocals
A live version was performed with Brian on vocals on the "stiff upper lip live" dvd