Thunderstruck (4:52)

Cover of The Razors Edge

From The Razors Edge and 58 other releases

“Thunderstruck” is the first song on the 1990 AC/DC album The Razors Edge.

The song peaked at number #5 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was released as a single in Germany, Australia and Japan. Shown is the cover of the German release of the “Thunderstruck” single. The song is said to be inspired by lead guitarist Angus Young’s hair-raising experience when a plane he was on was struck by lightning. However, Angus Young was later to say that it “started off from a little trick 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… It was really just a case of finding a good title. 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.”

Contrary to popular belief, Young does not play Thunderstruck’s main riff with one hand. Instead, he picks every fretted note and pulls off the open notes. Additionally in all AC/DC live videos, Angus can clearly be viewed picking every fretted note. The one-handed tapping technique can only be seen in the “Thunderstruck” music video.

The video which accompanied the single was filmed at London’s Brixton Academy on 17 August, 1990. The audience members were given free T-Shirts with the words ‘AC/DC - I was Thunderstruck’ on the front and the date on the back, and these T-shirts were worn by the entire audience throughout the filming of the video.

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I was caught
In the middle of a railroad track. (Thunder)
I looked round
And I knew there was no turning back (Thunder)

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  • illusionvalley

    Easily their best single. Immense power. Just incredible.

    5 Jul 10:16am Reply
  • J-I-N-X

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    18 Jun 4:09pm Reply
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    17 Jun 2:40pm Reply
  • MarcsRock3

    CHRIS SLADE on drums on that.

    10 May 7:28pm Reply
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    29 Apr 4:23pm Reply
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    13 Feb 12:45pm Reply
  • Jazzwhisky

    Thunder?

    10 Feb 10:27am Reply
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    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • shoegazefan

    <3

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
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