As a rock band, before you can play in the tiniest club or tour the world in largest venues, you must have a name. Ideally, the name reflects something about the type of music you play. As someone who played in rock bands for more than 40 years, I know a little about about naming bands.
In this ongoing series Name That Band, we'll briefly highlight how some of the biggest bands of classic rock got there names. And just for a change of pace from time to time, I'll tell you a little about how some of the unknown bands I was in got their name, too.
One of the members of the original band saw the letters AC/DC on a sewing machine. It stood for Alternating Current/Direct Current. The other members agreed that it would make a good name.
The band didn't realize at the time that AC/DC was also slang for bi-sexual activity. Obviously, that concept cause a few problems in the early days. But hits like "Highway to Hell" and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" quickly took care of any gender misidentification.