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AC/DC

AC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next two decades and enjoyed commercial success well into the 2000s.

AC/DC were formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young after his previous band, the Velvet Underground, collapsed (Young's band has no relation to the seminal American group). With his younger brother Angus serving as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs around Sydney. Angus was only 15 years old at the time and his sister suggested that he should wear his school uniform on-stage; the look became the band's visual trademark. While still in Sydney, the original lineup featuring singer Dave Evans cut a single called "Can I Sit Next to You," with ex-Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young (Malcolm and Angus' older brother) producing.

The band moved to Melbourne the following year, where drummer Phil Rudd (formerly of the Coloured Balls) and bassist Mark Evans joined the lineup. The band's chauffeur, Bon Scott, became the lead vocalist when singer Dave Evans refused to go on-stage. Previously, Scott had been vocalist for the Australian prog rock bands Fraternity and the Valentines. More importantly, he helped cement the group's image as brutes -- he had several convictions on minor criminal offenses and was rejected by the Australian Army for being "socially maladjusted." And AC/DC were socially maladjusted. Throughout their career they favored crude double entendres and violent imagery, all spiked with a mischievous sense of fun.

The group released two albums -- High Voltage and T.N.T. -- in Australia in 1974 and 1975. Material from the two records comprised the 1976 release High Voltage in the U.S. and U.K.; the group also toured both countries. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap followed at the end of the year. In the fall of 1977, AC/DC released Let There Be Rock, which became their first album to chart in the U.S. Mark Evans left the band soon after, with Cliff Williams taking his place. Powerage, released in spring of 1978, expanded their audience even further, thanks in no small part to their dynamic live shows (which were captured on 1978's live If You Want Blood You've Got It). What really broke the doors down for the band was the following year's Highway to Hell, which hit number 17 in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K., becoming the group's first million-seller.

AC/DC's train was derailed when Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980. The official coroner's report stated he had "drunk himself to death." In March, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson. The following month, the band recorded Back in Black, which would prove to be its biggest album, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone. For the next few years, the band was one of the largest rock bands in the world, with For Those About to Rock We Salute You topping the charts in the U.S. In 1983, Rudd left the band after the recording of Flick of the Switch; he was replaced by Simon Wright.

With Flick of the Switch, AC/DC's commercial standing began to slip, and they weren't able to reverse their slide until 1990's The Razor's Edge, which spawned the hit "Thunderstruck." While not the commercial powerhouse they were during the late '70s and early '80s, the 1990s saw AC/DC maintain their status as a top international concert draw. In the fall of 1995, their 16th album, Ballbreaker, was released. Produced by Rick Rubin, the album received some of the most positive reviews of AC/DC's career; it also entered the American charts at number four and sold over a million copies in its first six months of release. Stiff Upper Lip followed in early 2000 with similar results. AC/DC signed a multi-album deal with Sony the following year that resulted in a slew of reissues and DVDs, and they returned to the studio in 2008 for Black Ice, an all-new collection of songs that was followed by the group's first world tour since 2001. Two years later, the band's music was featured heavily in the action movie Iron Man 2, and a compilation was released in conjunction with the film under the title Iron Man 2. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Hi
dont judge a man by his color or the holes in his clothes!!! get well brother!!
they have really awesome songs
mebarry3
These guys look so weird
mebarry3
Lol
@ilovethatol d t i m e r o c k a n d r o l l if you are worried about people thinking you are a psycho when you are listening to AC/DC you do NOT like them enough to call them "beyond amazing". My advice to you is to jump up and downplay air guitar and bust out lyrics anyway. Those worth wording about will understand if you simply say "I was listening to AC/DC when I did that."
HIGHWAY TO HELL!
My first ac/dc was hellsbells in 80 off of the back in black album i was born in 74 you do the math.they came out in 1973. You figure it out.lol.
@ otherwise thinking. This song was bigger than your life will ever be and was released in 1990 not the early 80's. Get your facts right man. ROCK ON!!!!
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say your name
Open your hand
Put this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
rock & roll, it will survive . love them to death x
jcmartin0616
Acdc is the best !!!!!!!!
True rock and roll
I like some songs from AC/DC
Sorry
Back, way back! To the one that laid me low (and drove off in my car).
And all the other 60-90s rock band (no soft rock or heavy metal)
I love AC/DC and queen i can play most of AC/DC's songs i got sent to the office for playing this song at the 6 grade talent show :)
I am 12, and I honestly believe that AC/DC is one of the greatest Rock bands ever. They always make me want to go crazy (like jumping up and down, playing air guitar, and bursting out lyrics) but if I actually do that, then people will think Im psycho :) AC/DC is beyond amazing!
I love this song a lot . AC / DC is awesome !
Boy, teaches me to put my foot in my mouth before I read that I even did. For some reason this was not as popular as one would have thought it might be at the time in the early 1980's. Oh well maybe they had better luck later on? You think?
sbecerra133
Best song ever!!!!
Ac/dc is the best rock roll band ever!!!!!!!! ROCK ON \m/
cotton2399
Always listened to this with my daddy.... guess that's why I got such a twisted sense of humor..... not to mention a dirty mouth...lol
kiss your left hand 2 Say your crush's name 3 close your hand 4 pick a school day 5 say your name 6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
skillman007z
Yay no chain letters
FINALLY these guys will stop making music! All the recycled crap was getting realy old.
gcjah
They Rock
I love Ac DC
amilan25.am
Badass song
My fave is thunderstruc k !
They never quit
Dance dance I dance
charliemaggi e h e a t h e r
Salute you babe!!
charliemaggi e h e a t h e r
Rla you rock!?!!?
AC / DC is the foundation of heavy rock period. These guys have left their names carved in the history books of rock & roll. AC / DC We the loyal followers Salute you!!!!!
These guys are sick!! (As in cool)
brianerdolin o
Little Spike Dudleys theme song back in the old ECW days!!!
My, my dear daddy, how unfortunate for you your musical reign lasted for such a short time and amounted to so little. Your mamma salutes you dear daddy for your failure in music.
and as for you cooter i daresay you can find many bands better than AC/DC!!
AC/DC will never die.


Rocin' hard since 73!...
AC/DC rocks the planet and always will
My fave <3
FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS ALL THEIR SONGS SOUND ALIKE COME UP WITH NEW MATERIAL OR CALL IT QUITS!!! BON SCOTT FOREVER !
I love song let's get it up
Cant help but headbanging when the intro chords start!!
Good fukn jam
We need more GOOD bands like AC/DC these days...sigh
For those about to rock...i salute you
I agree but I love their songs
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