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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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I can litsen to it all DAY
Like this song

Haha
My family's favorite song and ac/dc is my favorite band
Brings my mom back and i luv it
LOVE IT.....REMIN D S ME OF THE ONLY T R U E #3 - THE MAN IN BLACK ~ THE INTIMIDATOR. . . . . . . .
DALE EARNHARDT, SR. LONG LIVE THE ORIGINAL #3.....
I have listened to AC/DC all my life, since i could sing i started to song back in black, I'm a girl who loves AC/DC
I love acdc its the best
Now this is Beating around the Bush f**kin Pandora this is Bon not Brian get it right Pandora WTF. .
High Voltage awesome album I know for a fact this is Bon..Pandora get the s**t right..
AC\DC need I say more
AC/DC f**kin rocks! Nuff said
F**kin Pandora is putting comments from a diff AC/DC song that Bon Scott Sings on the ones Brian Johnson is singing .. just wanted ppl to know. ROCK ON EVERYONE
I know Bon Scott didn't do this song. But when one pops up off highway to hell album Pandora puts ppls comments under alot of diff songs but by the same artist. Thxs for pointing it out though.. ROCK ON EVERYONE
broncoloveer
best band ever
Bon scott didnt sing on for those about to rock last album was hiway to hell!
luckyheartz7 7
Parents burned their albums :-) but they are still the best<3<3<3
Best album Bon Scott did. Every song f**kin Rocks...RIP BON!!!
btconnery
I got THUNDERSTED! ! !
I'm on the high way to hell B**CHES!!!!! !
Good luck with your arms need to know if you are yet the year they Hernandez Family net worth of home depot and I have a good cause for the soccer city and I was wondering what is your fearless and I have a uniform for sale in warre the game even if you want to do it is a great time as well as myself I will be able to see you soon be able the game
You are on the ground pools and the address it is nothing you cancan the year I have a lot to do it used to call soccer city council of home year decade and life jackets and the last year when I am looking for a new puppy mills the same for being u
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My favorite band ever though, is Megadeth.
I have a AC/DC black n black shirt!!! I hate that I have 2 take it off and wash it I just wanna wear it forever I luv it so much!!!!
I ❤️ this song
My favorite rock band is Royal Ruckus with Guernica Mancini in it.
Yeah I really didn't want to his plan
C.O.D. long before it became call of duty :)
Is the best
Yea, just like we are supposed to be technologica l l y advanced, and I can barely figure out how to comment on here :) lol
chloebear102 0
I <3 thunderstruc k ! ! ! !
Well the young bucks that have listened to this all your life hats off to ya but the ignorance in ur generation today is wat gives u guys a bad rap..ask anyone on here that f**kin question and they'll tell ya the same damn thing. Oh yea Rock f**kin On..
Only several million people around the world who've seen it. They've also done two other soundtracks for movies, but both those suck
They actually mention Iron Man 2 in the bio? Who the **** cares about some stupid superhero movie?
Ultimately the one band that influenced me to become musician and love music the way I do today!!! If it wasn't for AC/DC I would not be the music lover I am today and the guitarist I am!!!
luckyheartz7 7
<3<3<3 chilhood and just music everywhere
That's my parey
Angus is f**kin amazing on this whole album..
Rocken-rolle n
I Love AC/DC, and im young so what? its a hell of a lot better than the crap they call music today. Iv listening to it all my life. *ROCK ON EVERYONE*
Best band ever! Period
Actually, I'm 15 and have been listening to this stuff from my dad my whole life, so I think I have a pretty good idea of rock music
GNR and Van Halen are more of an influence. I still like AC/DC
Awesome song and band
Hahaha well put srjdog very true..these young bucks have no clue what the hell rock is about...ROCK ON EVERYONE
AC/DC is the greatest rock band of all time!
srjdog
Wow what a bunch of haters commenting here. Name a current band or singer in the last 20 years that had more of an influence on the genre. If you're under 40 don't even comment on AC/DC cuz you know nothing.
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