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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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Comments

ken332011
I love ac\dc
I still see their t-shirts being worn by young and old! Timeless
AC/DC FOREVER
kota-61
Promised I'd be nothing like my father.... Well lol this band has always been worth breaking that promise with AC/DC HELL YEA
sexyboi8428
F*ckin' awesome song. Takes me back to high school. They always played this at Pep Rally!!!
rkw2010
Yeah, that was bad about Malcolm. Strokes suck. I had one about 20 years ago that ruined my fretting hand. I hope he can recover & play again.
read this ACDC RRRRRRRRROOO O O O O O O O O O C C C C C C C C C K K K K K K K K K K S S S S S S S S . If you don't think so you have no taste
jcmartin0616
Best song ever made.And still ac/dc is still the best band ever.
ken332011
Ac\dc rocks I
grimdasreape r
Really asolonar ac/dc does what they do and they do it good so take your b**ching elsewhere
I heard Malcholm had a stroke.
sholland57
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Rooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o c k s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
real fast hell is not a place to go god love them the devil has them bound jesus will protect them from the devil
acdc needs to find jesus
carrasquillo j 5 0
good song.
Highway to help? ⬇
kalebcurtiss
I love highway to help by AC/DC
Now I'm back in the ring to take another swing !!!!
Follow me
staley.meier
I LOVE YOU AC/DC
srazr8775
SINK THE PINK Charlie SINK THE PINK!!!
Charlie why pink
Seen 10 times she's got the Jack!
AC/DC rocked my teens and 20's. I'm in my 50's and I still rock to AC/DC..
You shook me all night long!!
Wish there was more music like this these days ;) hate my generation 97 baby -_-
I will definitely introduce this awesome music to my kids someday when I have kids!! \m/
Who know, maybe your kids will like it, too
nativeflmomo f 3
reminds me of the good times b4 marriage and children
Hearing those cannons live is so fucken awesome!
Best rock band ever play it loud
charliemaggi e h e a t h e r
Justin bieber is envarrased that AC/DC is back
charliemaggi e h e a t h e r
Say iPhone 5 times and copy in two songs and a pink iPhone will appear under your pillow
THUNDERSTRUC K ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! \m/ ROCK ON!!!!
Say iPhone 5 times copy on 2 songs and an Pink iPhone will appear under you pillow
F**kin old school baby......
My football team comes out onto the field to this song it's kick a**
kickass!!!!! !
Sorry, oi
Oil!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Excellent Concert! Seen them a few times.
dverduzco10
FIRE !!
valstorm81
good song! rock on!
Bad azz song \m/
Favorite album!!!! :)
ac/dc is much better than the Miley cyrus and Justin Bieber crap
AC/DC will always be the s**t. 8)
Angus the king of the bad a** guitar riff
@pammiesue81 6 0 AC/DC is not heavy metal they claim to just be rock and roll

Taking everything in my stride!!!!!
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