Top Quotes by Angus Young

I just go where the guitar takes me.

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You’ve got to love what you do. You’ve got to like doing it, because it is a lot of your life.

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The misunderstanding out there is that we are a ‘hard rock’ band or a ‘heavy metal’ band. We’ve only ever been a rock n’ roll band.

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It doesn’t take much for anyone to pick up anything I play – it’s quite simple. I go for a good song. And if you hear a good song, you don’t dissect it – you just listen, and every bit seems right.

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There are all sorts of cute puppy dogs, but it doesn’t stop people from going out and buying Dobermans.

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I think that’s what it is with rock music. It helps you hang tough, I guess.

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To me, meeting Buddy Guy was like meeting a piece of history.

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We came out in the midst of the hippie hangover. All this mellow music.

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The places we’d play were full of bikers, brawlers, and drinkers coming off a day of work looking for a good time, and all these guys would be looking at me like Hannibal Lecter looking at his next victim.

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Actually, because I’m so small, when I strike an open A chord I get physically thrown to the left, and when I play an open G chord I go right. That’s how hard I play, and that’s how a lot of my stage act has come about. I just go where the guitar takes me.

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Every guitarist I would cross paths with would tell me that I should have a flashy guitar, whatever the latest fashion model was, and I used to say, ‘Why? Mine works, doesn’t it? It’s a piece of wood and six strings, and it works.’

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I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sounds exactly the same, Infact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.

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When I’m on stage the savage in me is released. It’s like going back to being a cave man. It takes me six hours to come down after a show.

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I saw Deep Purple live once and I paid money for it and I thought, ‘Geez, this is ridiculous.’ You just see through all that sort of stuff. I never liked those Deep Purples or those sort of things. I always hated it. I always thought it was a poor man’s Led Zeppelin.

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For the two hours I climb on stage, I become the schoolboy. But as soon as it is over, I get off stage and go home and get told to wipe my feet before I come in.

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The media, being what it is, is always looking for the next new thing. There are still bands out there playing, no matter what the new thing is. The Stones go out there, and people go see them without records or even airplay.

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I never thought we’d be put into any sort of historical thing. When we started as a band, it was a day-to-day thing. You sort of played a gig, you got your money and thought, ‘OK, where’s tomorrow’s gig?’ You never thought you’d get past a summer.

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We’re not the prettiest bunch of animals in the world.

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Blues is a big part of rock and roll. The best rock and roll got its birth in the blues. You hear it in Little Richard and Chuck Berry.

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In the real world, people just get on with their lives. And that’s where AC/DC come in.

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Yes, we’re still five little people with a noisy attitude.

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The school suit allows me to be an extrovert. Basically, I’m the opposite of what I am on stage.

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Australia is the place I know best.

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The guitar can go at a scream. It can yell at you.

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The playing is great. The traveling is tough. It’s a hard thing.

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I think what AC/DC does best is play live. That’s when everything comes together. Even after you make a studio album, when you go out and play live, that’s when you learn what being in a band is all about.

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There’s nothing worse than trying to patch something or make do. If there wasn’t something there in the beginning, it won’t be there at the end.

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I have this theory about us. When we started writing our own songs, we were 17 years old. When you’re 17, you write songs for other 17-year-olds. We stopped growing musically when we were 17. We still write songs for 17-year-olds.

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By the way he carried himself, you really thought that Bon Scott was immortal.

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In our hands, even the straightest lyric sounded shady.

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I found that pedals were too much to fool around with. You’d be halfway through a solo, and the batteries would go dead and conk out. And if you tread on the lead going to the pedal, something would always go wrong. Or some crazy kid would pull the lead out just at the moment when you’re about to do your big number on it.

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I wouldn’t know any newer bands. We’re past the pimple stage.

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We’re a rock group. we’re noisy, rowdy, sensational and weird.

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I remember one of the first gigs I played with that amp was at a local church. They wanted someone to fill in with the guitar and my friend say, ‘Ah, he can play.’ And so I dragged the amplifier down and started playing and everybody started yelling ‘turn it down!’

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Soloing was pretty easy for me because it was probably the first thing I’ve ever done.

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A lot of times you’ll hear bands and it’s a different sound coming out than what’s on stage. Because you can clean it up through a PA and make it sound completely different than what they really sound like.

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A lot of people say, ‘AC/DC – that’s the band with the little guy who runs around in school shorts!’

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My part in AC/DC is just adding the color on top.

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I honestly believe that you have to be able to play the guitar hard if you want to be able to get the whole spectrum of tones out of it. Since I normally play so hard, when I start picking a bit softer my tone changes completely, and that’s really useful sometimes for creating a more laid-back feel.

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I never bothered with cars. I was probably one of the few kids in school who didn’t run around with hot-rod magazines. As I would be at home fiddling with my guitar, they would be fiddling with a car engine.

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That’s usually what happens with AC/DC: you make an album, and then you’re on the road flat out. And the only time you ever get near a studio is generally after you’ve done a year of touring.

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With AC/DC, we’ve always started with rock, and we’ve just kept it going. The critic’s view is always, ‘They just made an album and it’s the same as the last one.’ I’ll have fifteen of them, anytime.

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I can’t deny that Eric Clapton’s and Eddie Van Halen’s lead stuff has influenced a stack of people, but for me, it’s the rhythm thing that’s way more impressive and important to a band.

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I think the ’60s was a great time for music, especially for rock and roll. It was the era of The Beatles, of The Stones, and then later on The Who and Zeppelin. But at one point in the ’70s, it just kind of became… mellow.

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Key to longevity… drinking embalming fluid every year.

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We just stuck to what we did best. Maybe that’s why people plug into us and go ‘They never change.’ We’re reliable. A bit like old shoes.

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We played by feel. We felt as though you could put us on any stage, and we would find a way to win that crowd over. We had that attitude: We can’t fail. You might not like it right now, but you will.

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My ambition was just to be able to play guitar.

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When we grew up, Australia was the land of opportunity; it really was.

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I never thought of us as a punk band, a metal band, or a new wave band. Just as a band band.

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Nothing happened overnight. Every country we went into, we started at the bottom. We knew that because the music we were playing and the attitude we had, we knew we’d be at the bottom and have to work our way up.

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Hearing a lot of early rock n’ roll records from a very young age was a huge influence.

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