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[[caption-width-right:273:AC/DC in 1979, From left to right: Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Cliff Williams, Angus Young and Phil Rudd.]]
-->''For those about to rock - FIRE''\\
''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKhTk0IynHM WE SALUTE YOU!]]''

AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in 1973 by guitarist Angus Young and his brother Malcolm, made famous by their album ''Highway To Hell'' in 1979. In 1980 their lead singer Bon Scott died of "death by misadventure" (in reality it was from asphyxiation from choking on his own vomit after a night of binge drinking). The band considered breaking up but got a new lead singer, Brian Johnson and made ''[[MagnumOpus Back in Black]]'' and have been making records ever since. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by Simon Wright who, after that, was replaced by Chris Slade before being asked to leave so Phil Rudd could return as drummer in 1994.

As of 2008, AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States. ''Back in Black'' has sold an estimated 45 million units worldwide, making it the highest-selling album by any band and the 2nd highest-selling album in history, second only to Music/MichaelJackson's ''Music/{{Thriller}}''.

In 2010, their twenty-month Black Ice World Tour ended and officially became the third-highest grossing tour in music history.

The name AC/DC comes from alternating current/direct current. Specifically, a sewing machine was the inspiration of the name of the band.

Do not confuse with [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Eisidisi]], a LargeHam, {{Mayincatec}}, vampire's vampire who can burn people with his blood (though he ''was'' named after this band). ''Music/BackInBlack'' now has its own trope page.

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!!Principal Members:

* Rob Bailey - bass (1974-1975)
* Peter Clack - drums (1974-1975)
* Dave Evans - lead vocals (1973-1974)
* Mark Evans - bass, vocals (1975-1977)
* Brian Johnson - lead vocals (1980-Present)
* Phil Rudd - drums, percussion (1975-1983, 1994-Present)
* Bon Scott - lead vocals, bagpipes (1974-1980, died 1980)
* Chris Slade - drums, percussion (1989-1994)
* Cliff Williams - bass, vocals (1978-Present)
* Simon Wright - drums, percussion (1983-1989)
* Angus Young - guitar, vocals (1973-Present)
* Malcolm Young - guitar, vocals (1973-2014)

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!!Early Members/Fill-Ins:

* Colin Burgess - drums (1973-1974, 1975)
* Ron Carpenter - drums (1974)
* Russell Coleman - drums (1974)
* Tony Currenti - drums (1974)
* Bruce Howe - bass (1975)
* Larry Van Kriedt - bass (1973-1974, 1975)
* Paul Matters - bass (1975)
* John Proud - drums (1974)
* Neil Smith - bass (1974)
* Noel Taylor - drums (1974)
* George Young - bass, guitar, drums, vocals (1974-1975)
* Stevie Young - guitar (1988, 2014-Present)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1975 - ''High Voltage'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the similarly titled internationally released album from 1976[[/note]]
* 1975 - ''T.N.T.'' [[note]]Released in Australia only[[/note]]
* 1976 - ''High Voltage'' [[note]]Not to be confused with the similarly titled album released only in Australia in 1975[[/note]]
* 1976 - ''Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap''
* 1977 - ''Let There Be Rock''
* 1978 - ''Powerage''
* 1979 - ''Highway To Hell''
* 1980 - ''Music/BackInBlack''
* 1981 - ''For Those About To Rock We Salute You''
* 1983 - ''Flick Of The Switch''
* 1985 - ''Fly On The Wall''
* 1988 - ''Blow Up Your Video''
* 1990 - ''The Razors Edge''
* 1995 - ''Ballbreaker''
* 2000 - ''Stiff Upper Lip''
* 2008 - ''Black Ice''

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!!Live Discography:

* 1978 - ''If You Want Blood You've Got It''
* 1992 - ''Live''
* 1997 - ''Live From The Atlantic Studios''
* 1997 - ''Let There Be Rock: The Movie – Live In Paris''
* 2012 - ''Live At River Plate''

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!!! "Dirty tropes done dirt cheap":

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[[folder:Musician tropes]]
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Well, one of them, at least. After Bon Scott died, Angus Young became the Face - he is far more flamboyant and iconic than the new singer Brian Johnson.
* BandOfRelatives: Angus and Malcolm Young are brothers. Their brother George Young was bassist in 1974, and mutual nephew of all three Stevie Young filled in for Malcolm in 1988.
%% I don't know if there's a SpearCounterpart, but as far as I know, BottleFairy is AlwaysFemale.
* CarpetOfVirility: Bon Scott. He wasn't afraid to show it off.
* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guys]]: All of them!
* {{Garfunkel}}: Cliff and Phil just provide a really basic rhythm section (Cliff stated he's satisfied with it, while Phil [[TheQuietOne doesn't talk very much]]).
* IconicItem: Angus' [[AgeInappropriateDress mock schoolboy outfit]].
** Angus also has his red Gibson SG.
** Also, Brian Johnson's [[NiceHat cap]].
* LongRunnerLineUp: Brian Johnson, Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd from 1980-1983 and 1994 onwards.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: At the 1974 Sunbury Music Festival, they got into a brawl with members of DeepPurple, and were happy for the publicity.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Most of them are under ''5'6"''.
* RevolvingDoorBand: The band formed in 1973. By 1978, they were on their 8th drummer, 7th bassist, and 2nd vocalist. The second vocalist (Bon Scott) was one of the previous seven drummers, as well as the band's driver before that (the Young brothers thought having him play music instead increased their chances of [[DrivesLikeCrazy getting home from a show alive]]).
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: Angus's costume.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Bon Scott's life in a nutshell. (the others - specially Angus, who only smokes - less so, even if Malcolm and Phil had to take temporary leaves for substance abuse)
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Brian Johnson replacing Bon Scott. Even allmusic.com said something like "The casual listener could easily have thought that Johnson ''was'' Scott." Johnson himself has said that his normal singing voice was nothing like that before AC/DC; he deliberately emulated Scott's style. And while he was still part of the band, Bon Scott said if anyone could ever replace him, it would have to be Johnson.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: While Cliff allegedly joined the band because of his good looks (which the Youngs thought would bring more women), take a look at his daughter, [[http://hills2city.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/erin-christmas.jpg model Erin Lucas]].
* UnusualEuphemism: In an interview Angus described Bon Scott as a "crayfisherman" because he [[KavorkaMan "caught crabs for a living."]]
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Angus like to strip down to his underwear in concerts.
%%No. His socks are too low for that.
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* AlbumTitleDrop:
** "High Voltage" wasn't on the album with that name.
** "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)" wasn't even a song until the Highway to Hell album.
** ''Blow Up Your Video'' is named after a line from "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll".
* AncientRome: Angus didn't like school, [[http://www.guitarworld.com/article/acdc_the_big_chill?page=0%2C4 but is a history buff, Rome in particular.]] Three songs are based on it, "For Those About To Rock" (the title comes from the famous gladiator phrase), "Hail Caesar", and "War Machine" (inspired by a documentary on Hannibal Barca).
* AntiChristmasSong: As the liner notes for ''The Razors Edge'' read:
-->“Mistress For Christmas” ain’t exactly “Frosty The Snowman.” Nor is it likely to turn up on too many compilations of family Christmas favorites.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Several. "High Voltage" and "The Jack" are usually these.
** To a lesser extent the intro to "Whole Lotta Rosie" and the Oi's in "[[StuffBlowingUp T.N.T]]."
** THUNDER!aaaaaaaaaaaa...THUNDER!aaaaaaaaaa......THUNDER!
* BigRockEnding: Tons of their songs, especially when played live.
* BlatantLies: Bon Scott singing 'I never smoked me no cigarettes, I never drank much booze' on "Overdose".
* BloodLust: "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
* DarkerAndEdgier: 1990's ''The Razor's Edge'' is the closest the band ever came to straight heavy metal. The song is in a minor key, features an Angus solo that briefly meanders into "noise rock" territory, and is propelled by a almost militaristic drumbeat.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Brian Johnson's rendition of "The Jack" nearly spells out that the song is about [=STDs=] by eschewing pretty much every reference to cards (the only thing that stays from the original, really, is the "she's got the Jack" chorus). This predates Johnson, with Scott's live performances using the same lyrics (presumably fans weren't getting it?).
* DoubleEntendre:
** Bon Scott in particular was something of a genius at them, but let the record show that this (from "Let Me Put My Love Into You") just might be the greatest double entendre ever:
---> ''Let me cut your cake with my knife''
** This line from "Beating Around the Bush" is an honorable mention, and so is the song's title itself:
---> ''Sticks and stones won't break my bone''
** "Big Balls". This one is chock full of DE goodness.
** There's also this preciosity from "You Shook Me All Night Long":
---> ''She told me to come, but I was already there''
** "The Jack" uses cards as a metaphor for venereal diseases.
* EpicRocking: "Let There Be Rock". In every sense of "epic".
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n' Roll)".
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: While only four songs have instruments other than guitars, bass and drums, three are "regular" ones ("It's a Long Way to the Top"'s bagpipes, bells in both "Hells Bells" and "Mistress for Christmas")... and "For Those About To Rock" features ''[[BombardCannons cannons]]''.
** Inverted in "Jailbreak", where Angus ''makes'' sounds in his guitar for ''Spotlights! Sirens! Rifles, firing!''
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "Hells Bells".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Big Balls" is about large-scale upper-class social events.
** The line "She's got big balls!" makes this fairly obvious. [[UnsettlingGenderReveal The alternative]] is far deeper than most AC/DC songs typically go.
** ''The Jack'' refers to Gonorrhea.
* GoldDigger: "What Do You Do for Money Honey"
* GreatEscape: "Jailbreak"
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Angus Young refuses to do one. Yet two soundtracks, ''Who Made Who'' (''Film/MaximumOverdrive'') and ''Film/IronMan2'' serve as good compilations.
** The 1 CD version of AC/DC Live could count as well.
* GriefSong: ''Back In Black'' has both "Hells Bells" and "Have a Drink on Me" as an homage to Bon Scott, who had died a year before.
* HeavyMeta: A third, or half the songs, include Rock or Rock N Roll in the title or lyrics.
** The album ''Black Ice'' has no less than 5 songs that have the words "rock" or "rocking" in the title.
* AHellOfATime: "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" is a sexual take on this.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let Me Put My Love into You", "You Shook Me All Night Long", and in fact about half of AC/DC's songs.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Angus appears impaled by his own guitar on the cover of ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f6/Acdc_If_You_Want_Blood_You%27ve_Got_It.JPG If You Want Blood...]]''
* {{Instrumentals}}:
** "D.T." from ''Who Made Who''.
** "Chase the Ace" from the same album. Though lyrics can supposedly be found online, the song itself features none.
* LastNoteHilarity: "Night Prowler" ends with Bon Scott saying [[Series/MorkAndMindy "Shazbot. Nanu nanu."]]
** "The Jack" ends with Bon Scott thanking an unappreciative audience.
* LyricalDissonance: "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll)" is probably the most rousing and upbeat rock song ever recorded about how much it sucks to be in a band.
** "Shot Down in Flames" is probably the most fun song ever recorded about being rejected by women.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Back in Black''
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Usually around 5 or 6. Some of their songs go down to 4, while a few other songs get as high as 7.
* MoneySong: "Money Made", "Moneytalks".
* RatedMForManly
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Implied in "[=TNT=]"
* ProfessionalKiller: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
* RockStarSong: "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n' Roll)". "Let There Be Rock" too. "Highway to Hell" may also count.
* ShoutOut: The title "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" is a reference to the old kids' cartoon ''BeanyAndCecil,'' where it was a phrase used by the show's villain, Dishonest John.
** At the end of "Night Prowler", Bon can be heard saying "[[MorkAndMindy Shazbot, na-noo, na-noo.]]"
* SomethingBlues: "Down Payment Blues" and "Satellite Blues".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Love Song" is an actual love song, with jangly guitars and all, and "Ride On" is the closest thing to a ballad AC/DC has.
** Many albums have one or two songs that are far slower and more bluesy then the rest of the album, such as "Stormy May Day" and "Rock N' Roll Dream" on ''Black Ice''.
** In the documentary ''Long Way to the Top: Stories of Australian Rock & Roll'', Angus Young recalls that, for some reason, the band decided to play the theme from ''ZorbaTheGreek'' at one show.
* StrictlyFormula: This quote by Brian sums it up:
--> ''"Someone said to Angus the other day, ‘Hey, you’ve made the same album 15 times.’ Angus said, ‘No, man, we’ve made the same album 16 times!’"''
* SubduedSection: "Let There Be Rock", "Shoot To Thrill", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Jailbreak", "Thunderstruck"...
* TakeThatCritics: "Rock N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
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[[folder:Misc tropes]]
* ContinuityNod: "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" alludes to "T.N.T." and "High Voltage."
* GreatBallsOfFire: Their live shows are ''huge''. Just for starters, life sized cannons who fire during "For Those About To Rock", and a bell in which Brian hangs during "Hells Bells".
** The ''Ballbreaker'' tour featured Angus smashing through a (fake) brick wall on a life size wrecking ball.
* IconicLogo
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Creator/SternPinball in 2012. It was so popular that it sparked a pinball renaissance in Australia. [[Pinball/{{ACDC}} Click here for tropes.]]
* LineOfSightName
* LuckyCharmsTitle: When spelling it, don't forget the lightning bolt. A slash is acceptable for partial credit. Unicode represents an approximate form this way: AC'''ϟ'''DC?
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: When they started out, the term "AC/DC" had, in addition to electrical notation, been a somewhat common term for bisexuality. When you add in Angus stripping down to his skivvies, and the band opening for Lou Reed...
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