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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, and is now one of the defining sounds of rock and metal. 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, scoring their biggest hits after Brian Johnson replaced the departed Scott.

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 '90s 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.

As AC/DC began work on a new album with producer Brendan O'Brien in 2014, they announced that Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia and had left the band; his nephew Stevie Young took his place at the recording sessions and the accompanying 40th anniversary tour. Just prior to the December release of Rock or Bust, drummer Phil Rudd was arrested under charges of attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill, and possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. Although the arranged murder charges were dropped, the other charges remained and the drummer's future with the band was uncertain. Nevertheless, AC/DC marched forward with the release of Rock or Bust and plans for a 2015 tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Ac/dc rock your heart out 102.1 ac/dc
Rock n roll
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I'm gonna watch mad max on the 15th. Thrash is back.
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donnitatubbs
These guys rock
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BOn Scott is the man
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and so do u punk
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I am 9 years old & my dad love ac/dc
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you need to get a life and listen to justin bieber
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acdc sucks balls
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Best band EVER!!!!!!!! ! !
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Overdose,ano t h e r great one!!!
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I can't wait to see them on September!!! !
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iF U Want Blood U Got Ittttttttt.. . . . . . . . D . D . . . . .
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Fing awesome.brin g itttt.enjoy america and beyond.D.D.
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Beating Around The Bush, , another classic, , off of one of there best Highway To Hell, Rip Bon, , ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Girls Got Rhythm, a f**kin Classic. .RIP BON! !Rock On Everyone
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Hells Bells, saw them on there first tour Back n Black, my god I couldn't hear 4 3 days after I left the concert. Angus was f**kin incredible on that stage. Luv ya Brian but miss u Bon... RIP BON! Rock On Everyone
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post thus on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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great music. love AC/DC
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For Those About To ROCK, wat a Classic AC / DC tune. They tour this song up on stage excellent concert. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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c17turtle
I can name all their songs ! best band ever! love everyone of their albums
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Love AC/dc favorite band and music group!!!!!
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maiacarlson0 0 7
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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I love ac/dc :)
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Stiff Upper Lip,,, Brian is def caring the torch that keeps the legendary AC/ DC going. Miss Bon but Brian def was the only one that could ever replace him in my opinion. RIP BON! Rock On Everyone
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Nantucket did version of this track.
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pam.pattridg e
Going to hevan not hell lol yolo gtg loves my best thing gtg out omg I love this song I can licten to it all day without death lol love love this song
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AC/DC, what did you do with all of your instruments?
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Say iPhone 5 times. Pick a color. Post this on 5 songs and look under your pillow. Nothings is there! %100 works
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I love your soundtracks!
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Touch To Much another classic AC/DC song with the great Bon Scott. .. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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how much is backtracks ? I need a marshall amp for my guitars.
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remember to register your id on november to vote. on may 2nd its free comic book day.
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nicko252008
I remove trolls who talk smack, HA~!
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I'm 50 and been a metalhead from the beginning. This band has been an influence on everyone who came after. Will always be among my favs.
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I'm with you, April! Bon at his best on HTH!!!
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Walk All Over You. Killer tune. Luv this album. Highway To Hell has got 2 b my fav AC/DC album. There all good but there's not one bad song on it plus it's with Bon.. RIP BON! !Rock On Everyone
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From the 90s
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I am from the 90s this my jam
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I remenber watching Angus banging his head on this Video and Back in Black on Mtv ((1981) I was only 11 years old, I knew this was about to become my kind of Music! Long Live Metal and Ac/Dc \m/
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sadie.bob57
MY FAVORITE SONG EVER!!!
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sadie.bob57
O my gosh... THUNDERSTRUC K . . .
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trapper6_9
Love them
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Best band of all time
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tlandry043
Angus was bisexual. He liked to wear skirts on stage.
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Well, also, that the attitude they had with Bon is something I truly believe in. Yes, I said... IS something I truly believe in. Hell, Jail Break, Soul Stripper, Ride On, Gone Shootin'.... This stuff has GRIT! And the way Angus executes, I mean his shreadin' is from the heart.... clean and soulful, yet, still the cat shreads! AND he's playin a guitar that gotta weigh as much as, if not more than, him!!!
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All I gotta say is, Angus... Angus... Angus...
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I've always loved ACDC.
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ROCK AND ROLL 4 EVER One of the greatest bands ever
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cra_z_mofo
i'm sorry for telling haohmaruofth e w i n d to stop posting. even mentally stunted,obvi o u s l y retarded, four year olds should be allowed to post.i blame your parents for giving you the access and permission to be on this site.please tell them to jump off the tallest building they can find and take you with them.i promise the world will be a better place
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