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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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tonight they'll be uploaded
BON SCOTT ON THE ROCKS !
GUITARMANDIN O
They may be on youtube now.
Walk all Over You a true Classic. ...
Help it No


ACDC shoulde perform on the new show called Nikki. On cinemax.
I think my cousin uploaded the pictures on youtube
Who believes that AC/DC deserves to perform at this years Super Bowl?
Givin' The Dog A Bone: I LOVE AC/DC
Cool song Moran
My mom took pictures of me playing guitar
My mom took pictures of me laying guitar.
No stop signs no speed limits
Can I meet you guys
im waiting to!!!!!!!
Kids let this be a lesson to you. Deadjailrnr is the exact reason why you stay in school and don't do drugs...
Highway to Hell
Call me Windy
dead is a n**ger
dwanafarr
I love that song Highway to Hell by AC/DC!
HEY wind69 yeah I can see your waitin for yo mamma with her I-pad, SO I'M I BUT THE PAD SHE'S TALKIN ABOUT I THINK IS EITHER TAMPAX OR TAMPON SENSITIVE I'M NOT SURE WHAT KIND DOES YOUR MOM USE...? The I dry pad or the hard as f**k DRIVE...
Pop
Pop
I'm waiting for my mom with her ipad
ANGUS YOU GOD...
ANGUS YOU GOD...
i got here from 80's pop lol
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say a weekday
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs and your
Crush will ask you out
I might record a song about Raistlin Majere tomorrow on youtube.
You can't beat the best
Thanks AC/DC! Now let's "Play Ball"!
johnmdavies
AC/DC is the best
I'll get the new Cannibal corpse on CD through Amazon though.
I might get that on itunes then, maybe
AC/DC will be releasing a new album called Rock or Bust on Dec. 2, they are also going on a world tour in 2015 to promote the album. The band said on their website that Malcolm won't be returning to AC/DC because he's ill. Angus and Malcolm's nephew Stevie Young played guitar on their album and he will join the band on tour.
f**king good
AC/doc thunderstruc k and tnt are the best songs ever produced
I love blaating Back in Black in my car!!!
I love there song!!!!!!!! ! N
Love your songs
Me too CJ
Im on the highway to hell
None of that. I'm a sex machine, like Kim McAuliffe.
whisky and some water
coochie man, I've had sex 56 times.
This song brings back memories of that biker bar i went to, the waitress came to my table walkin that walk, nice tan black hair and a voice that made me smile. Did i tip her? Oh hell yea lol.
ACDC rules
Chicane is just another gay emo
This is not fake ! Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your like tommarow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love you or I'm sorry.
Chicane has sex with the hulk
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