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Controversial Moments in Rock History 1

Updated on June 11, 2012

AC/DC realized their bandname was gay

AC/DC 1973 onwards
AC/DC 1973 onwards
Angus Young in zorro outfit
Angus Young in zorro outfit

Think of the word "Scandal"

Scandals sell , and if it has to be through wild reputations, cheesy band lyrics, shady business deals or ridiculous racial tension some stars say, "so be it".

When Angus and Malcolm Young first formed their power chord group AC/DC at just gourteen and nineteen years old ( respectively), it was initially just an innocent ploy to spite their brother, who had just joined a successful new band himself. However, when it came to beating their rivals with a rockin' band name, the Young brothers flopped. They were psyched when they came up with the name AC/DC, an acronym they had read off the front of a sewing machine, but they didn't quite catch on to the fact that it suggested something a little more than electric currents - in some parts of the country, AC/DC was slang for being bisexual. A few awkward moments later(and after dodging the rumor that their name stood for "Anti-Christ Devil's children") , the band decided to make most out of the queer situation and make some money off their slip-up. Just starting out and desperate for gigs, they hired to play at a handful of gayclubs and parties.

AC/DC frontman Angus Young was a little confused when it came to fashion. First ,he wore a gorilla suit on stage. When that didn't elicit just the night rocker facade, he tried a zorro outfit. Nope still not outrageous enough. In one last attempt to be original, Young tried an Australian schoolboy get-up recommended by his sister: it stuck.

Let me explain...

John Lennon

John Lennon's lyrics in songs like "God" and "Imagine" revealed to fans that he often struggled with questions about religion. It may have been acceptable to explore his questions in song, but when he told a reporter at the London Evening Standard that Christianity would eventually disappear and that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" in 1966, he had to apologize to praying people around the world. While Londoners seemed to have no problem with Lennon's metaphor, Americans were furious and burnt their albums in protest when the interview was reprinted in the teeny bopper magazine DATEbook. The artist wasn't very happy about having to apologize for what he said was a quote taken out of context. Regardless, conservative parents everywhere finally had the confirmation they needed to label the longhaired Fav as nothing more than the epitome of rock and roll evil.


When the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails was brainstorming for cool effects to put in their new music video for the song "Down in It", they thought it would be pretty awesome of lead vocalist and keyboarder Trent Reznor were portrayed as dead, After a heavy dose of pale makeup, Reznor lay on the gorund while his band mates tied the camera to a helium balloon for a cool angle shot from above. However; the balloon-cam drifted away and landed in a nearby field. NIN never recovered the video, but the farmer who found it was so freaked out,he gave the tape to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

David Bowie

Controversy came knocking on David's Bowie's door when he gave the Nazi salute to people cheering at him in public. Combined with his comments in a Playboy magazine interview suggesting Hitler was respectable and Great Britain could " benefit from a fascist leader". Bowie didn't impress his fans much. Later, he humbled himseld and admitted he had probably shot of the phrase in the middle of a cocaine high. Bowie left the country in shame and made his new home in Berlin

Keith Moon

Drummer Keith Moon was involved in an accident that left his driver, Neil Boland, dead. Moon was invited to a disco opening in Hatfield, but the scene was not what he thought it would be. Boland was trying to drive away when a group of young people began attacking their car. Bolan got out of the Bentley ,trying to protect it,but the car continued to roll forward. Moon and another tried to stop it ,grabbing the wheel ,but were unsuccessful, Boland was run over and killed.


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    Sunshine Diaz 

    6 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Thanks! Oh my gosh thank you for reading :) I really appreciate it .

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    Richard Ricky Hale 

    6 years ago from West Virginia

    Voted up, awesome, and interesting. Very cool article Jolina and very well written. Wow, I never dreamed that AC/DC got their start this way. Holy s***! I shocked! Then again, you have to do what you have to. I will enjoy messing with my uncle though, big AC/DC fan. Speaking of fan, once I tell him, it will hit:) Awesome history Jolina. Take care.

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    Sunshine Diaz 

    6 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Thanks :) Very much appreciated it.

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    6 years ago

    This is a great hub! Really interesting topic.

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    Sunshine Diaz 

    6 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Thanks Guys! Wow you inspire me to do better! Thanks a lot!

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    Keith Ham 

    6 years ago from Niagara Falls, Ontario

    This is great stuff! I enjoyed reading it all!

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    6 years ago

    Really beautiful hub. Interesting and awesome


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