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 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 Michael Jackson's 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 Eisidisi, a Large Ham, Mayincatec, vampire's vampire who can burn people with his blood (though he was named after this band). Back In Black now has its own trope page.
Principal Members (Founding members in bold, current members in italic):
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)
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)
1975 - High Voltagenote Not to be confused with the similarly titled internationally released album from 1976
1975 - T.N.T.note Released in Australia only
1976 - High Voltagenote Not to be confused with the similarly titled album released only in Australia in 1975
Revolving Door Band: 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 getting home from a show alive).
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: 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).
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
Darker and Edgier: 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.
Don't Explain the Joke: 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?).
Everything Is an Instrument: 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 cannons.
Inverted in "Jailbreak", where Angus makes sounds in his guitar for Spotlights! Sirens! Rifles, firing!
Lucky Charms Title: When spelling it, don't forget the lightning bolt. A slash is acceptable for partial credit. Unicode represents an approximate form this way: ACϟDC?
You Keep Using That Word: 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...