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Global Financial Crisis 'Dirty Deed of AC/DC'

TheAgeCom.Au, October 28, 2008

THE British financial system is on a highway to hell, and it is all the fault of AC/DC.

Ignoring the credit crunch and the "dirty deeds done dirt cheap" by subprime mortgage peddlers in the United States, British newspaper The Guardian yesterday placed the blame for the country's looming recession on guitar strings of the Australian rock band.

"Britain is on the verge of recession - right on cue, AC/DC, who have featured in UK charts at every downturn for the last 35 years, return," the newspaper reported solemnly.

"British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Mervyn King, the Bank of England's governor, admitted that Britain was on the verge of recession. Then food sales were reported to have seen their biggest fall for 20 years. Last night came final and irrevocable proof that the country is entering tough economic times, unseen since the '80s: AC/DC have returned to the top of the album charts for the first time in 28 years."

As it claimed the No. 1 spot on the ARIA charts this week and achieved triple platinum sales with over 200,000 copies sold in Australia, the band's 18th album, Black Ice, shook the British charts, all week long. At one point last week, the album was outselling its nearest competitor, the Kaiser Chiefs' Off With Their Heads, by two to one, despite the fact the band declined to release it as a digital download, preferring vinyl and CD.

The last time AC/DC made No. 1 in Britain, the country was on the brink of recession. Back In Black, the album that marked their commercial breakthrough and went on to become the worldwide second biggest-selling of all time (behind Michael Jackson's Thriller), was released in 1980, just as inflation had reached 20 per cent and unemployment inched towards 2 million.

During the 1980s financial boom, although they continued to enjoy success in Australia and the US, AC/DC's popularity in Britain waned.

The album that marked the band's return to glory in Britain was The Razors Edge, released in 1990 - just as the country headed towards its most recent recession.

For 35 years very little has changed about AC/DC's music. Guitarist and frontman Angus Young still dresses like a naughty schoolboy and the band still sings about rock'n'roll rebellion. And while it may take a while for Britain and the world to get back in the black, there will always be comfort in the familiar riffs of Australia's most successful rock'n'roll export.

In the word's of the band's fast-living late frontman Bon Scott, "it ain't no fun waitin' around to be a millionaire".
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