Musings of a Museum Fanatic: AC/DC

2.04.2014

AC/DC

Way back when almost thirteen years ago I was a little high school sophomore just minding my own business in my geometry class.  Then along came Dan.  He was a nutcase, to put it mildly!  One of the "cool" kids but would always chat and hang out during this one and others that we had together.  In geometry class we would be divided up into these little islands of four desks, it was your team who you had to do all your work with and all that jazz.  Well one day being the usual weirdo that Dan is he started saying/singing "T.N.T, it's dynamite!" in a weird voice.  I could do a little video of it but I won't embarrass myself any further!  He would do it multiple times everyday and I had no clue what it was.  Like the nerd I am I ended up having to look it up and realized it was a song by this band called AC/DC.
  
Dan & I out for my 23rd birthday

Before this time I had never been a fan of "classic rock".  I was either oldies or current (late 90's/early 2000's) music and didn't really realize that there were these decades of hugely awesome music in between.  Needless to say thanks to Dan and his ridiculously annoying chanting of those lyrics I started upon my classic rock and AC/DC love train.  

Put together in 1973 by brothers, Malcolm and Angus Young, this Australian rock and roll band has been at the top of the pack since.  They started out with another front man but soon was replaced with Bon Scott.  Later that same year they released their first album, High Voltage, and at the end of 1974 released "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". 

  

With it's killer bagpipe screeches and fist pumping chorus "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" is one of my all time favorite songs.  It gets you up and moving like no other song and is perfect to enter your wedding reception to, just saying.  1975 was the year T.N.T was released in Australia and New Zealand.  There was some weirdness with that album and High Voltage when they released them world wide but in the end everything worked out and we now enjoy everything from both those albums.

Signing with Atlantic Records and touring throughout Europe in 1976 AC/DC was on the rise.  Next up came albumDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Let There Be Rock along with a change in the roster.  Current bassist Mark Evans out and Cliff Williams was in.  Powerage released in 1978 was quickly followed by their first live album If You Want Blood You've Got It, at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland April 1978.  Up until 1979 AC/DC had yet to break the US top 100 but with their new album Highway to Hell they were on their way to the top.  Well at least to number 17.    




1980 would prove to be tough year for AC/DC.  In February after a night of heavy drinking Bon Scott got in his car to head to a friends house but passed out and he never woke up.  He was buried in Fremantle, Western Australia.  Encouraged by his parents to keep the band together and going,  AC/DC started looking for a new front man and landed on Brian Johnson.

With Brian on board they completed the writing and composition of Back in Black (which had been started while Bon was still alive).  This would prove to be their biggest hit (at least in my opinion).  The album reached No.1 in the UK and No.4 in the US, it spent 131 weeks on the Billboard 200.  It's probably one of the only albums where I like each and every song.



After Back in Black came issues with Phil Rudd, the drummer, and two not so great albums, Flick of the Switch and Fly on the Wall in the mid 1980's.  In the late 1980's they started to regain some commercial success with being a part of some movie soundtracks along with a world tour.  Razor's Edge came out in 1990 and put them back into the rock and roll spot light.  
    


Since then they released other hit albums, BallbreakerStiff Upper Lip, and most recently Black Ice.  There have also been multiple Rockband games and movies about AC/DC including a delightfully kitchy fan movie.  Which I bought on a whim from Target during college and was not disappointed.

As part of their Black Ice release they did a world tour and I was able to go when they came to Chicago and it was pretty much amazing : )



4 comments

  1. totally awesome girl. they rock. i like one of their songs but i forget the name I think.

    its you shook me all night long

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  2. I love love that picture of you and Dan! Too cute:)

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  3. i'm the absolute worst when it comes to musical stylings. i don't have any taste. my sister can rattle of 20 new bands i just have to listen to. me? i got nothin'. love that picture of you and the "cool kid." found you through living in yellow. i'm a sponsor this month and thought i'd show some love! new reader! - karli

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  4. Love AC/DC! They are one of my all time favorites! I saw them in concert with my dad and little brother and it was literally the best show I have ever seen (and I have been to a lot)!

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