Nobody has done more with a handful of basic blues chords and winking sexual innuendo than AC/DC over the past 40 years. From their scrappy beginnings in Sydney to their mega-platinum world domination a decade later, not much has changed musically from 1975’s ‘High Voltage’ to 2008’s ‘Black Ice,’ thanks to guitarist Angus Young’s tough but straightforward songs. But the band staged one of the most remarkable second acts in rock history after its original singer, Bon Scott, died after a heavy night of drinking in 1980. Not wasting any time, they recruited a new singer, Brian Johnson, and recorded one of rock’s all-time greatest albums, ‘Back in Black,’ within months of Scott’s passing. Since then, AC/DC have released a series of bestselling albums that rest firmly on top of rock’s most basic guitar chords and life’s most primal instincts.
Selected Discography: ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’ (1978), ‘Highway to Hell’ (1979), ‘Back in Black’ (1980)
A new video featuring rare footage and performance from Bon Scott before he joined AC/DC is now available. Blue Pie Records has released 'Round and Round and Round,' a music-video archive featuring the late singer.
On Nov. 18, 1997, AC/DC paid tribute to their fallen comrade Bon Scott with the release of the 'Bonfire' boxed set. The five-CD boxed set, issued 16 years ago, featured live material and alternate takes from the maniacal singer's tenure in the band.
If AC/DC fans in the U.K. have their way this Christmas, no one will have to sing 'Do You Hear What I Hear?,' because they'll all be surrounded by the sounds of the band's classic 1979 hit 'Highway to Hell.'
Over the course of their 40-year career, AC/DC have recorded approximately 175 songs -- more than we could count, to be honest -- so when the time came to select the Top 50, happy agreements and carefully laid plans soon fell by the wayside, replaced by impassioned shouting, stamping of feet and pouting of lips. And that was just to figure out who would get to compil
By 1978, AC/DC had packed their relatively short, half-decade career with five albums and hundreds of concerts. For their strenuous efforts they deservedly attained a considerable amount of success around the world. But they still hadn't cracked the platinum-sales mark in the U.S. That career benchmark was just around the corner, with the following year's 'Highway to Hell.' But before taking that next step, the band decided the time was ripe to celebrate its first few years with a live album, the now-classic 'If You Want Blood You've Got It.'
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