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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 reactionagainst the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge andbludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, theband 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 previou ...read more

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 reactionagainst the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge andbludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, theband 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 bandhas no relation to the seminal American group). With his younger brother Angus serving as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs aroundSydney. Angus was only 15 years old at the time and his sister suggested that he should wear his school uniform on-stage; the look becamethe 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 Colored Balls) and bassist Mark Evans joined thelineup. The band's chauffeur, Bon Scott, became the lead vocalist when singer Dave Evans refused to goon-stage. Previously, Scott had beenvocalist 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/DCwere socially maladjusted. Throughout their career they favored crude double entendres and violent imagery, all spiked with a mischievoussense 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 1976release 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 soonafter, with Cliff Williams taking his place. Powerage, released in spring of 1978, expanded their audience even further, thanks in no smallpart 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 forthe 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 firstmillion-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." InMarch, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson. The following month, the band recorded Back in Black, which would prove to be itsbiggest 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 theworld, 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 ofthe 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'sEdge, which spawned the hit "Thunderstruck." While not the commercial powerhouse they were during the late'70s and early '80s, the 1990ssaw 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 atnumber 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/DCsigned 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 2008for 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 musicwas 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 fromdementia and had left the band; his nephew Stevie Young took his place at the recording sessions and the accompanying 40th anniversarytour. 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 othercharges remained and the drummer's future with the band was uncertain. Nevertheless, AC/DC marched forward with the release of Rock orBust and plans for a 2015 tour. « hide

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Rock or Bust
2014

2.7
217 Votes
Black Ice
2008

2.7
876 Votes
Stiff Upper Lip
2000

3
488 Votes
Ballbreaker
1995

3
467 Votes
The Razors Edge
1990

3.4
715 Votes
Blow Up Your Video
1988

2.6
401 Votes
Fly On The Wall
1985

2.7
417 Votes
Flick Of The Switch
1983

3.1
413 Votes
For Those About To Rock We Salute You
1981

3.4
695 Votes
Back In Black
1980

4
2,229 Votes
Highway To Hell
1979

4.1
1,545 Votes
Powerage
1978

3.8
620 Votes
Let There Be Rock
1977

4
770 Votes
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
1976

3.7
725 Votes
High Voltage
1976

3.8
817 Votes
T.N.T.
1975

3.8
413 Votes
High Voltage (Australia)
1975

3.4
194 Votes
EPs
'74 Jailbreak
1984

3.6
202 Votes
Live Albums
Live at River Plate
11/19/2012

3.9
30 Votes
Let There Be Rock: The Movie - Live in Paris
1997

4.1
14 Votes
Live From the Atlantic Studios
1997

3.8
21 Votes
Live
1992

4.1
208 Votes
Live at Donington
1992

4.2
119 Votes
If You Want Blood You've Got It
1978

4.2
232 Votes
Compilations
Iron Man 2
2010

2.6
12 Votes
Backtracks
2009

4.1
25 Votes
Warning! High Voltage: Greatest Hits!
2007

3.7
23 Votes
Rare, Rarer, Rarities
2006

2.5
16 Votes
Family Jewels
2005

4.1
101 Votes
Volts
1997

3.8
21 Votes
Bonfire
1997

4.1
37 Votes
Who Made Who
1986

3.2
257 Votes

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