10 Signs You’re Obsessed With AC/DC
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You probably are a fan of AC/DC that has all their albums and merchandise. You probably went to their concert and seen them live a lot of times already. But how really obsessed are you with AC/DC? Here are ten signs that show that AC/DC is your life, see if you can check all of them below.
10. You see a sewing machine and think of AC/DC
You know that the band’s name stands for the electrical parlance abbreviation “Alternating Current/Direct Current.” Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young wanted a band of their own after being exposed to their older brother George’s band, the “Marcus Hook Roll Band.” They went for the name AC/DC after their sister Margaret saw the initials on her sewing machine which the two brothers felt a perfect name to represent the power-driven nature of their music.
9. Sometimes you pronounce AC/DC as ‘AccaDacca’
In the US, UK, and other parts of the world, AC/DC is pronounced as is. But in Australia, because they abbreviate slang and nicknames, it’s pronounced as ‘AccaDacca.’ The first few years of establishing the band meant they had to defend that the name is free of any associations with sexuality as the term actually had a bisexual connotation attached to it that wasn’t particularly polite or appropriate.
8. You own a pair of the must-have “devil’s horns”
Just like The Rolling Stones’ lips and the Kiss’ face paint, the light up horns has become an iconic trademark of AC/DC. Some hate them, but most fans love them. It all started with Angus Young’s Gibson SG electric guitar with the “little devil’s horns” evolved into Angus using his two index fingers to form two horns above his head. It evolved further again into the most popular AC/DC fan merchandise that’s sold at their concerts. By popularizing the ‘devilish’ songs, “Highway to Hell,” “Hell’s Bells,” the horns make perfect sense becoming the band’s branding.
7. A side of your room’s wall is covered in AC/DC posters
If you’re a true AC/DC fan, putting up posters on your wall has no age limit. The poster craze came the same time as the AC/DC mania was spreading like wildfire. Fans would collect as many as they can for various reasons like keeping paraphernalia, commemorating shows that they’ve been to, or just simply staring at the beauty of Malcolm, Angus, Cliff, Phill, Bon, and also Brian.
6. You wear your old school uniform to dress up glam rock like Angus
Aside from the band’s name, the Young brother’s sister Margaret was also the brains behind the iconic school uniform costume of Angus. On their first gig, Angus wore his Ashfield Boy’s High school blazer as a joke, but Margaret saw beyond the joke and insisted that the uniform be worn to all upcoming shows the band would have. Years later, the costume has become his trademark.
5. You air guitar when you hear Angus Young’s solo
Everybody knows when Angus plays his insane Chuck Berry licks on his signature Gibson SG electric guitar, you have to play along with your air guitar no matter where you are. Young is one rock’s most energetic performers and best guitarists of all time. His wild and manic stage persona is highlighted by his enduring, face-melting, head-bobbing, floor-sweeping guitar solos.
4. You know the difference between Bon Scott’s and Brian Johnson’s voices
Bon Scott or Brian Johnson? That is always the question that AC/DC fans are anxious to answer. Scott was the original lead singer who was at the front of it all when the band rose to stardom in the 1970s. They recorded six studio albums during his run as the band’s lead singer. Though he was part of the band for only 5 years before meeting his tragic death in 1980, his unique voice helped cement the brand and identity of AC/DC.
While, Johnson took over Scott’s place in the band during a difficult time following his sudden passing. Johnson took off from Scott’s shadow and was able to add his own playful personality carrying the band through great success for more than three decades. Johnson’s big and raspy take to classics like “Highway to Hell” and “Back in Black” certainly complimented the electrifying and power-driven performances of the band.
3. “Highway to Hell” is your go-to road trip jam
We all know that “Highway to Hell” is one of AC/DC’s biggest hits. Others say that the inspiration is about the band touring in America. But it’s actually a nickname for the Canning Highway in Australia. The song describes the highway where speed limits cease to exist and speeding drivers most likely meet their deaths. The road ends at a bar called The Raffles, which was a big rock ‘n roll drinking hole in the 1970’s.
2. You were called a “rebel” and a “devil worshiper”
As an AC/DC fan, you probably hear these accusations a lot. Often times, from your conservative parents. But the “devil” vibe is what actually made the band popular with their explicit “demonic” titles such as “Hells Bells” “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” “Shoot to Thrill” and of course “Highway to Hell”, and the popularization of “evil” symbols and merchandise such as the horns, lots of fans get accused of being devil children or anti-religion. Most fans just ignore these accusations and just say it is simply Rock N’ Roll.
1. You love drinking milk and alcohol too!
Rock stars are stereotypically heavy drinkers, but in the case of Bon Scott, it’s what killed him. Malcolm Young is also known to be a heavy drinker as booze will always be present in their shows and concerts. But while Malcolm is drinking in the night, he is going against the flow and favors milk, chocolates, and the good ol’ cuppa instead.
He even remembers when chocolate milk was first invented and said, “when it was first invented, the only one that had a problem with it was my dentist.” Although there’s nothing wrong with alcohol in moderation, it’s good to know Angus has a healthier addiction.