Thunderstruck (song)

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For the 2004 film, see Thunderstruck (2004 film).
"Thunderstruck"
Single by AC/DC
from the album The Razors Edge
B-side "Fire Your Guns"
Released 1990
Format 7 inch, 12 inch, CD, cassette single
Recorded January 1990
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:52
Label ATCO
Writer(s) Angus Young, Malcolm Young
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
AC/DC singles chronology
"That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll"
(1988)
"Thunderstruck"
(1990)
"Moneytalks"
(1990)

"Thunderstruck" is the first song on the 1990 album The Razors Edge by the hard rock group AC/DC.

The song was released as a single in Germany, Australia, and Japan, and peaked at No. 5 on U.S. the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. In 2010, "Thunderstruck" topped Triple M's Ultimate 500 Rock Countdown in Melbourne, Australia. The top five were all AC/DC songs.[1]

With the exception of new material from an album they are touring behind, this is one of only two songs released after Back in Black that the band still regularly performs live in concert, the other being "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)".

Background[edit]

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. Another theory states that the song was conceived when the band watched a Combined Arms Livefire EXercise (CALFEX) at Ft. Hood. The band was so impressed by the M1A1 tank that they wrote a song about it.

However, Angus Young stated in the liner notes of the 2003 re-release of The Razors Edge:

"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. We fiddled about with it for a few months before everything fell into place. Lyrically, 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."[2]

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.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Charts) 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 21
New Zealand 3
Chart (2012) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 25

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States Platinum[6]

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, the Serbian turbo-folk singer Džej released the cover version on Serbian language, with lyrics "Mrak, mrak".
  • The rock band Hinder have released a cover of the song as the final track, track 12 (Australian version) off their second album, Take It To The Limit.
  • Psytrance supergroup 1200 Micrograms released a trance song sampling and inspired by "Thunderstruck" called "Numberstruck" on their 2007 album Magic Numbers.
  • Japanese rock band Beat Crusaders covered the song for the 2008 AC/DC tribute album Thunder Tracks.
  • David Garrett covered the song in his 2009 album David Garrett.
  • American band Ministry covered the song in the album Every Day Is Halloween: The Anthology, as a first single.
  • Bagpiper Gordon Duncan arranged the tune for solo pipes,[7] and recorded this on his album Thunderstruck. This arrangement has entered the bagpipe repertoire.
  • The Red Hot Chilli Pipers play a version in the medley "Smoke on the Water/Thunderstruck/Upside Down at Eden Court" on their album Bagrock for the Masses and in concert.
  • The cello duo, 2Cellos, released an instrumental version in February 2014.

Usage[edit]

    • The song is also featured in the upcoming 2014 Disney movie Planes: Fire & Rescue, just before the Smokejumpers battle a fire, and also in several trailers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.triplem.com.au/melbourne/music/ultimate-rock-100-1
  2. ^ Young, Angus (2003). The Razors Edge (booklet). AC/DC. Epic Records. 
  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  4. ^ http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/AC%A5DC/single
  5. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS
  7. ^ "Gordon Duncan Renowned musician and composer", The Herald (Glasgow), 22 December 2005, retrieved 2010-03-06 
  8. ^ PC malware hits Iranian nuclear facilities, Times of India Jul 26, 2012

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