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Thunderstruck

According to Misha Glenny:

In July, Mikko Hypponen, the widely respected chief research officer of Finnish anti-virus company, F-Secure, received an email apparently from a scientist in Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation. In it, the scientist revealed that “our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom”. Even more bizarrely, he said the virus would order infected computers to play loud music in the middle of the night. “I believe it was playing Thunderstruck by AC/DC,” he observed, with appropriate detachment.

According to Wikipedia,

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.”

Gotta love the lyrics:

Sound of the drums
Beatin’ in my heart
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
You’ve been – thunderstruck

Went down the highway
Broke the limit, we hit the town
Went through to Texas, yeah Texas
And we had some fun
We met some girls
Some dancers who gave a good time
Broke all the rules, played all the fools
Yeah, yeah, they, they, they blew our minds

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About bobfrombrockley

South London family man. Eating bacon bagels on the 171 bus, listening to Johnny Cash while reading Hannah Arendt, the kid next to me playing dubstep on his telephone. Mostly politics at http://brockley.blogspot.com and mostly music at https://bobsbeat.wordpress.com

2 comments on “Thunderstruck

  1. When I read about that virus I thought that Highway to hell would have been a more appropriate choice!

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