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People are just learning what AC/DC means after 51 years on the music scene

The Australian band has been producing music since the 1970s, but some people are just learning what the iconic band’s real name is and how it got its name.

Brian Johnson, lead vocalist of the Australian rock band AC/DC (AFP via Getty Images)

They’re one of the most well-known bands in the world, but some music lovers are just learning what AC/DC really represents after 51 years. Founded by brothers Malcolm Young and Angus Young, the Australian rock band’s current lineup consists of lead guitarist Angus, bassist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Rudd, lead vocalist Brian Johnson and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, nephew by Angus and Malcolm.

Since 1974, the band has won 17 awards and received 50 other nominations, including the Grammy Awards, ARIA Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). However, it seems that some of his fans still can’t decide on his musical style; some describe it as hard rock while others say it is heavy metal or blues rock.




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    Some of his most popular songs include You Shook Me All Night Long, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Highway to Hell, It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. But one day, after listening to AC/DC, a loyal fan began to wonder what their band’s name really means and asked Reddit users, “What does AC/DC really mean?”

    While some believe AC/DC stands for ‘Antichrist/Son of the Devil’, his origin story couldn’t be further from ‘the Devil’. When Malcolm and Angus were thinking of band names, her sister, Margaret, pointed out the AC/DC symbol on the AC adapter of her sewing machine. The abbreviation stands for alternating current/direct current electricity, something the brothers felt symbolized the “raw energy” of their band.

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    But while most Brits and Americans refer to the band as AC/DC, in Australia it is known colloquially as Acca Dacca. Commenting on this revelation, one user said: “I thought it meant alternating/direct current.” Another user joked: “Angus Can Dance Cool.” A third user said: “It’s a play on a theme, and a pretty good one if you ask me.”

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