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8 Weird Facts About AC/DC

You've probably noticed that that AC/DC have been trending everywhere lately! Ever since the news broke in March that their latest tour had been postponed and Brian Johnson would no longer be able to sing with the band the internet has been abuzz about AC/DC's future. From Noel Gallagher bagging the addition of Axl Rose to the line-up to Gucci being accused of capitalizing on the hype around AC/DC after using the band's logo in their fall fashion line…the reactions to the news have been weird and wacky. 

We’re embracing the strange buzz surrounding AC/DC by looking at 8 'Weird Facts' about the band…

1. Researchers Are Using Their Music To Help Combat Cancer.

Researchers at the University of South Australia have found that playing ‘Thunderstruck’ during chemotherapy treatment is effective at improving the efficiency of the drug. They chose this AC/DC track because it hits all the right notes. Vibrations from the song cause silicon micro particles carrying the chemo drug inside a vacuum to bounce. This results in a polymer coating that prevents the drug from escaping while being administered, improving delivery to cancer cells. Just another reason to love their Aus Rock tunes! 

2. The US Military Used Their Music As Torture.

In 1989, when Panama’s General Manual Noreiga took refuge in the Vatican Embassy, the US Military blared AC/DC’s music in his direction for two days straight. Despite a United Nations ban on the use of loud music during interrogations, they proceeded to use ‘Hell’s Bells’ as their weapon of choice. The dictator surrendered.   

3. They Knocked The Wiggles From The Rich List.

In November 2009, AC/DC were announced as the Business Review Weekly Top Australian Earner in Entertainment. They raked in a sweet $105 million for the financial year and knocked The Wiggles from the number one spot for the first time in four years! Sorry Jeff and co...


4. Their Band Is Named After A Label On A Sewing Machine.

Brothers Malcom and Angus Young developed the idea for the band’s name after their older sister Margaret saw the initials ‘AC & DC’ on a sewing machine. It’s an abbreviation for ‘alternating current/direct current’.  


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5. Angus Didn't Always Wear His Signature School Uniform Outfit.

Before Angus embraced the iconic school uniform costume he tried MANY other looks...Spider-Man, Zoro, a Gorilla and a parody of Superman named Super-Ang! In the early days, the whole band took on glam-rock outfits. They ditched this look when they discovered the Skyhooks were already totally owning the glam-rock aesthetic. Angus settled on the school boy look at the suggestion of his sister, Margaret. 

6. Their First Album Was Slammed By Rolling Stone Magazine.

A 1976 review of AC/DC’s first album in Rolling Stone Mag declared “Hard Rock has unquestionably hit its all-time low.”. Ouch. They boys got the last laugh by making the cover of Rolling Stone in 2008


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7. Drummer Phil Rudd Has Been Charged With Attempting To Kill & Drug Possession.

Last year Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Although Rudd was sacked from the band in '83 he is still often associated with the band. His former bandmates currently aren't talking to him.  


8. The Band Has Been Commemorated On Stamp Sets.

In 1998 AC/DC were commemorated on an Aussie Rock ‘n’ Roll stamp set. In 2013, Australia Post honoured AC/DC by issuing a Black In Black album cover postage stamp. Because there’s nothing more rock ‘n’ roll than snail mail…right?


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Acca Dacca, we salute your weird and wonderful ways!

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