AC/DC
Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
June 25, 2024 ·  2 min read

Some People Are Just Realizing The Meaning Behind Rock Band AC/DC’s Name

If you’ve ever found yourself humming along to the iconic tunes of AC/DC while pondering the meaning of their name, you’re not alone. Despite being one of the most listened-to rock bands globally, the full-length version of their name remains a mystery to many.

A Reddit Revelation

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One curious fan took to Reddit to inquire about the meaning behind AC/DC, sparking a flurry of responses. Amidst speculation and rumors, one user revealed the truth: AC/DC stands for Alternating Current/Direct Current.

The Sewing Machine Connection To AC/DC

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This revelation was confirmed by founding members Angus Young and the late Malcom Young during a 1999 interview. They shared that their sister Margaret suggested the name after noticing the AC/DC symbol on her sewing machine’s AC adapter. The brothers felt it perfectly encapsulated the band’s raw energy and power-driven music.

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From Acca Dacca to Global Stardom

The current guitarist of the band
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Despite being affectionately known as “Acca Dacca” in their native Australia, the band’s name is pronounced one letter at a time globally. AC/DC’s journey to fame began in 1975 with the release of their debut album, “High Voltage.” By 1979, they had achieved international success with “Highway to Hell,” but tragedy struck when lead singer Bon Scott died.

Tragedy and Triumph

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Following Scott’s death, the band almost disbanded. However, at the request of Scott’s parents, they continued on and recruited Brian Johnson as their new lead vocalist. AC/DC’s resilience and talent have earned them numerous accolades, including an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame and a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.

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AC/DC: Record-Breaking Rockers

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AC/DC’s impact on the music industry is undeniable. They hold two Guinness World Records: Most Albums on the US Pop Catalogue Album Chart and Best-Selling Album by an Australian Group. So, the next time you rock out to AC/DC’s electrifying music, remember the simple yet powerful meaning behind their name. It’s a testament to their enduring legacy as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

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