I was interested to read the list of this years additions to the National Film and Sound Archive’s sound registry. There are some great things on it but I believe that the most popular addition will be It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll) by AC/DC. (ABC news)
It is such an icon of Australian rock that the song, film clip, and the bagpipes riff are each worthy of individual fame!
AC/DC are beloved by Australians, so much so that Corporation Lane in Melbourne was officially renamed AC/DC lane some years ago.
The famous video clip for this song was filmed in Melbourne in February 1976, on the back of a moving flatbed truck. Very cool, and a great way of avoiding having to get the proper permits to film.
The line-up of the band has changed many times over the years and is one of the few I can think of who have gone on to massive successes despite the unexpected death of one of their main members. In 1980, lead singer Bon Scott (who sings in this clip) died after a night of drinking. He was replaced by the big-voiced Brian Johnson.
AC/DC have many iconic songs, and I couldn’t even narrow their song list down to my top 5 because I love so many of them. I think they should just submit their entire back catalogue to the archive, surely any official who rejected it would be required to hand in their Australian citizenship for such a crime!