It can safely be said that AC/DC are probably the kings of this type of boogie rock. The Young brothers, Malcolm and Angus on rhythm and lead guitars respectively, always seemed to come up with the most infectious tunes and catchy riffs. The brothers formed the band in Australia in 1973, recruiting drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Mark Evans and ex- Valentines and Fraternity vocalist, Bon Scott. They relocated to London in 1976 and proceeded to take the place by storm! Evans would later be replaced by Cliff Williams, from the British folk/rock out fit, Home ( another ex-Home member, guitarist Laurie Wisefield, would go on to join Wishbone Ash ). AC/DC became known as one of the most popular stage acts around, complete with elaborate stage sets, in addition to Angus Young prancing around in a school uniform! They toured relentlessly, building up a cult following almost wherever they went. Scott tragically died on the 19th of February 1980, another sad case of a great talent throwing his life away as a result of overindulgence, and his replacement was ex-Geordie vocalist, Brian Johnson, who fitted in perfectly, and they went on to release a number of charting albums. They're still around today, and a new album, " Stiff upper lip ", is due for release at the end of February this year.


AC/DC - Beating Around the Bush, from "Highway to Hell" in 1979, their 7th album. Another dedication - this time to vocalist Bon Scott, whose self-destructive tendencies claimed his life on 19 February 1980. Before becoming the vocalist with the Australian rockers, Scott had previously been in two other lesser known outfits, The Valentines and Fraternity, who he joined in late 1970. Scott recorded two albums with Fraternity between 1971and 1972. After the release of their second album,' 'Flaming Galah", the band relocated to England where they played for a year or so under the name of Fang. Scott then left to become the chauffeur, of all things, for AC/DC! He was given the opportunity to take over vocal duties in the band when regular vocalist Dave Evans refused to go on stage one night in September 1974. Scott appeared with guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd on AC/DC's debut album, ''High Voltage", which was released in 1974, and they were an almost instant success, with Scott developing the reputation of being one of the best frontmen of the 70's. He recorded seven albums with the band between 1974 and 1979, but on the night of 19 February 1980, after a night of heavy drinking, he suffocated on his own vomit. His death was a terrible loss to rock music, and it threatened the band's future, although the band managed to secure the services of ex-Geordie vocalist Brian Johnson. AC/DC' s popularity has never really slacked off, though, and they're still around today.   

 

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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 reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist — no matter how huge and bludgeoning the guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next two decades.

AC/DC was formed in 1973 in Australia by guitarist Malcolm Young after his band, the Velvet Underground, collapsed (Young's band has no relation to the seminal American group). With his younger brother Angus as lead guitarist, the band played some gigs around Sydney. Angus was only 15-years-old at the time and his sister suggested that he should wear his school uniform on-stage; the look became the 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 Coloured Balls) and bassist Mark Evans joined the band. The band's chauffeur, Bon Scott, became their lead vocalist when their singer, Dave Evans, refused to go on-stage.

Previously, Scott had been vocalist 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/DC was socially maladjusted. Throughout their career they favored crude double entendres and violent imagery, all spiked with a mischievous sense of fun.

The group released two albums — High Voltage and TNT — in Australia in 1974 and 1975. Material from the two records comprised the 1976 release 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. Evans left the band at the beginning of 1977, with Cliff Williams taking his place. In the fall of 1977, AC/DC released Let There Be Rock, which became their first album to chart in the U.S.

Powerage, released in spring of 1978, expanded their audience even further, thanks in no small part 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 for the 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 first million-seller.

AC/DC's train was derailed when Bon Scott died on February 20, 1980. The official coroner's report stated he had "drunk himself to death." In March, the band replaced Scott with Brian Johnson. The following month, the band recorded Back in Black, which would prove to be their biggest 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 the world, with For Those About to Rock We Salute You topping the charts in the U.S. In 1982, Rudd left the band; he was replaced by Simon Wright.

After 1983's Flick of the Switch, the band's commercial standing began to slip; they were able to reverse their slide with 1990's The Razor's Edge, which spawned the hit "Thunderstruck." While not the commercial powerhouse they were during the late '70s and early '80s, the '90s saw them 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. Ballbreaker entered the American charts at number four and sold over a million copies in its first six months of release. Stiff Upper Lip followed in early 2000.

 

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ACDC - Let There Be Rock - 1977 - 4/5

ACDC - Powerage - 1978 - 3/5

ACDC - If You Want Blood You've Got It - 1978 - 3/5

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ACDC - Flick of the Switch - 1983 - 2/5

ACDC - Fly on the Wall - 1985 - 2/5

ACDC - Who Made Who - 1986 - 3/5

ACDC - Blow up Your Video - 1988 - 2/5

ACDC - The Razor's Edge - 1990 - 3/5

ACDC - Live - 1992 - 3/5

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ACDC - Stiff Upper Lip - 2000 - 4/5

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