ACDC - Thunderstruck
AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” is for hard rock the equivalent of Beethovens 9th Symphony for classical music. It is one of those songs that somehow cannot be impoved. There are no cover versions that come even close to the original. Yes, we built the pyramids, invented penicillin and landed people on the moon—all these trivial things served as mere warm up acts for the arrival of “Thunderstruck” in 1990 as the lead song of The Razors Edge album. Legend has it, God spoke directly to Angus and Malcolm Young as they wrote the song and said unto them, “Git er done.” It was instantly picked up by the public and has since then been used in every movie trailer, commercial, and building explosion known to mankind.
Best live performance
If you've ever witnessed a concert filmed in front of South American fans, then you already know that they are unmatched in the love shown for "their" bands. Singing every note in unison and showing off homemade banners and clothing too numerous to count, the response from the Buenos Aires crowd could only be described as the polar opposite of polite applause.
AC/DC's Young brothers - guitarists Angus and Malcolm - wrote this song. They came up with a story about how the song came about when Angus was flying in a plane that was struck by lightning and nearly crashed, but in the 2003 re-release of The Razor's Edge album, Angus explained the following: "It started off from a little trick that I had on guitar. I played it to Mal and he said, 'Oh I've got a good rhythm idea that will sit well in the back.' We built the song up from that. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place.
Lyrically, it was really just a case of finding a good title, something along the lines of 'Powerage' or 'Highway To Hell.' We came up with this thunder thing and it seemed to have a good ring to it. AC/DC = Power. That's the basic idea."
According to The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. It was a studio trick he learned from his older brother George Young, who produced some of AC/DC's albums and was in a band called The Easybeats.
AC/DC shook Iran all night long when a computer virus infected nuclear establishments there in July 2012. One of the effects of the worm was that the machines were forced to play this track at full volume during the small hours.
David Mallet, who directed the video for "You Shook Me All Night Long," returned to work with the band on this clip. Mallet wanted to create the "ultimate performance video," showcasing AC/DC's live energy. It was shot at Brixton Academy in London with some innovative camera work. Mallet had Angus do his duckwalk over plexiglass to get footage from underneath, and small cameras were placed on the guitar and on one of the drumsticks. You can see the official video below.
How to play Thunderstruck?
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