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Why Didn't The AC/DC Style Originate In America?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by thnkgreen, Jan 12, 2021 at 2:25 PM.

  1. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I was thinking about this last night - why did it take a band from Australia to merge loud crunchy guitars with basic four-on-the-floor first generation rock n roll style music? Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of AC/DC, seeing them in concert in 2001. Still, an outsider would think that a band from America would have come up with the AC/DC sound before the lads from down under, but of course this isn't the case. Am I overlooking a band that sounded like AC/DC here in the states before AC/DC?
     
  2. sddoug

    sddoug Music Aficionado

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    One could argue any number of bands such as Blue Cheer (a US band) or Status Quo (an English band) founded the "loud crunchy guitars with basic four-on-the-floor first generation rock n roll style music."
     
  3. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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  4. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Nah AC/DC are much heavier than Chuck Berry
     
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  5. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    I reckon this album was a big influence for Angus and Malcolm. It's the prototype of the AC/DC sound, if you don't believe me listen to "Red Revolution" or "Quick Reaction"

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  6. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I am honestly not familiar with either of those bands. I'll definitely look into them. Thanks!
     
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  7. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

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    The idea isn't going to be that you can't hear a difference between one artist and another.
     
  8. nolazep

    nolazep Peanut Butter Enthusiast

    I thought they both played on it.
     
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  9. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    MC5 have that kind of thing going on their Back In The USA album.

    Some early Aerosmith too, like Same Old Song and Dance.

     
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  10. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    Only go for 1972-1976 Quo!
     
  11. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    Maybe Foghat?
     
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  12. MartyGabriel

    MartyGabriel Jaded Realist.

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    Erm .... the entire garage rock genre? How about Link Wray and "Rumble"?
     
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  13. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    Yes, the famous Young clan (George, Alex, Angus and Malcolm) of Australia all together.
     
  14. Pampered Menial

    Pampered Menial Forum Resident

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    Their music is essentially hard blues rock infused with elements of football club-style chants. I think that's a big part of it. "Futbol" is popular basically the world over except here in N. America.
     
  15. Harry Hood

    Harry Hood Forum Resident

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    This.
     
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  16. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    Why are you assuming America would be the default country for inventing a genre?
     
  17. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Another band I am not familiar with. I'll look into them as well.
     
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  18. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

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    Because the Beatles.

    Am I doing this right?
     
  19. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Read the first sentence

    Rock music - Wikipedia
     
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  20. Liam Brown

    Liam Brown Forum Resident

    Its hard not to see The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, Hendrix , Cactus and Mountain as antecedents to AC/DC. Just off the top of my head.

    Also all the garage rock bands who aped the Yardbirds and Stones.
     
  21. Jem

    Jem Forum Resident

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    Malcolm Young wasn’t born there.
     
  22. blastfurniss

    blastfurniss Forum Resident

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    This. AC/DC not only took their sense of fun from Chuck Berry, Angus even copped his duck walk. Every kid who picks up a guitar, whether they know it or not, is influenced by Chuck Berry. Johnny B. Goode set the foundation for the 3 chords and a cloud of dust sound the Young brothers built.
     
  23. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

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    Good strong boogie guitar band. Top songwriting and playing. They don't wear a musical straitjacket the way AC/DC do. A bit more variation in their sound but they are a highly decent unit nonetheless.

    I'd recommend Fool For The City or Night Shift as good places to start.
     
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  24. thnkgreen

    thnkgreen Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I was thinking about Link Wray as well, but I am not very familiar with his work other than 'Rumble'. Are most of his songs AC/DC heavy?

    I disagree. While all of the bands you mention had a track or two that were heavy, I don't think any of them made an album that was track-after-track as heavy as AC/DC.
     
  25. jothoma

    jothoma Well-Known Member

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    I have always lumped early AC/DC in with the early Glam music that was popular in the UK like Slade or Wizzard. In the US, between 72-75, what was popular was either "Heavy Rock", like Zepplin, Deep Purple or Sabbath or more "Country-fied Rock" like Skynyrd, The Allmans or Manassas. Glam Rock sowed some seeds that began to flourish with Kiss, Cheap Trick and Aerosmith but not really until after 1976.
     

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