Until I was 17, I hardly had any knowledge about western music. With Doordarshan on my TV and Akasha vani on the radio, all I grew up hearing was Ilayaraja, A R Rahman and of course M S Viswanathan. Even though I listened to Back Street Boys (BSB), Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Blue through my friends, I kinda knew that I was missing out on a lot. It all changed when I got my internet connection in 2008. It was the year I came to know about several music bands and AC/DC was one of them.
Like most of you, I came across AC/DC only after watching Marvel’s Iron Man (2008). The band’s first song I listened to was “Back in Black” that will be played in the background in the scene where Tony stark will have a conversation with the soldiers inside the Humvee.
Even though the length of the clip was short, I was hooked to the music. When I listened to the whole song later for the first time, I was blown. The song had an amazing energy to it. The music made my heart thump. Before I could realize, I was in love with the music. From that moment, I became a huge fan of the band.
When I was doing my masters in Bioinformatics, I was asked to deliver a T shirt design for an international conference and I remember making a design with AT/GC (elements of the DNA) in AC/DC font. Even though the design was rejected, the incident now reminds me of how much I love the band.
Even now, whenever I buy a new pair of earphones, I always test them using AC/DC’s tracks. I also have a video playlist containing their live performances which I often watch on my smartphone and laptop. Their performance at River Plate is one of my all time favourites. Seeing Angus Young play “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck” is the coolest thing ever. I bet you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with the band after watching this video.
Apart from being an amazing rock band, AC/DC stood the test of time. Started in 1973, the Australian hard rock band won the hearts of people all over the world. It is still one of the most famous bands in the world. According to Wikipedia, AC/DC has sold more than 200 million album copies of which the sales of the album “Back in Black” constitutes a sales figure of 50 million copies worldwide.
I know the taste of music has changed over the time. But, driving your car on a highway listening to “Highway to hell” is something that you can’t experience elsewhere.
If you wish to listen to all their favourite songs, listen to their YouTube Mix.