November 16, 2008

Highway to Excel: AC/DC goes viral

Recognizing that many office workers around the world are unable to watch YouTube as evil network administrators have the site blocked, AC/DC has created the world's first viral video done in Excel aimed at "smashing through the firewall" in "Low Definition glory". Pretty innovative.

Try it for yourself here
(Make sure to enable macros)


Changing gears, but staying on the topic of AC/DC. I was reading an interesting article from the UK recently entitled, "Things really must be bad - AC/DC are No 1 again" where Alexis Petridis points out AC/DC album success and its correlation with tough economic times.

Heres the data:
  • 1973: AC/DC form in Sydney, Australia.
    Economy: Start of the oil crisis, which saw the price quadruple

  • 1980: AC/DC release breakthrough album Back In Black
    Economy: Inflation in UK reaches 20% and unemployment nears 2 million

  • 1990: AC/DC score comeback with The Razor's Edge
    Economy: Recession in UK imminent

  • 2008: AC/DC top UK album charts
    Economy: Biggest world recession in decades looms

Alexis believes:
"AC/DC's appeal in unpredictable times is straightforward. People crave something uncomplicated and dependable in a time of uncertainty, and rock music has never produced a band so uncomplicated and dependable as AC/DC"
I think Alexis is absolutely right. For many years, I didn't care much for AC/DC as it was a little too "uncomplicated" for my tastes. But over the years, as life got much more complicated, I've since recognized the need for a little more AC/DC in the mix and have since become much more of a fan. (Side note: I suppose there's nothing more "uncomplicated and dependable" than a ASCII video in Microsoft Excel)

Anyway, I think what this teaches us is that no matter how bad things get, just keep it simple and keep rockin. Things will come back around. And when it does, just start paying better attention to when AC/DC heads back into the recording studio.