Many fans consider AC/DC one of the greatest hard rock bands thanks to their simple yet timeless representation of rock ‘n roll, and numerous respectable magazines such as Rolling Stone and VH1 have named the band among the greatest artists of all time. The band is not only the ninth-highest-selling artist in the United States but has also created the third-highest-selling album of all time, ‘Back in Black.’
There’s no doubt that the list of accomplishments achieved by the band is endless and although AC/DC members have referred to themselves as ‘a rock and roll band, nothing more, nothing less,’ this has been proved wrong by a research team at the University of South Australia. Apparently, the band’s music has been surprisingly effective at improving the efficiency of the drugs that are used for cancer treatment and we’re here to give all the details about the research.
AC/DC’s Music Has Vibrations That Boost Cancer Drugs
Researchers at the University of South Australia discovered that playing hard rock music through a loudspeaker helps chemotherapy drugs that include porous silicon microparticles to vibrate which creates a greater surface area for those particles. The research has proven that hard rock music can actually help to boost the effectiveness of cancer drugs and the best band to do this is no other than AC/DC.
The university’s Future Industries Institute revealed that AC/DC’s music played with a loudspeaker makes the ‘particles bounce up and down.’ As a result, the music’s turbulent frequencies prepare a more homogenous coating for the drugs. According to the research, this technique can also be applied to other treatments that involve coatings and drugs.
Prof Voelcker from UniSA said:
“We would tune that loudspeaker to a song that it would vibrate and the particles would bounce up and down. The chaotic frequencies worked well and gave you a more homogenous coating. It’s a technique that could also be potentially used in other treatments, involving coatings and drugs.”
Even though the band members always stressed the simplicity of their music and how they are just a band of rock and roll, fans never agreed. Now that there’s research that proved how their music has special components compared to other hard rock bands, and it’s fair to say there is more to the band than just their iconic sound that makes them one of the most influential bands in rock history.
Researchers Especially Played ‘Thunderstruck’ For The Study
Although the outcome of the unique research may sound surprising, it may surprise you even further that the research team even found the track that works perfectly with the treatment. According to the senior research author Professor Nico Voelcker, it’s the iconic hit ‘Thunderstruck‘ that has just the right elements.
As you might know, AC/DC released ‘Thunderstruck’ as the lead single for their twelfth studio album, ‘The Razors Edge,’ in September 1990. The song is one of the most monumental tracks of the band and it nearly has one billion views on AC/DC’s official YouTube channel.
It seems like the song isn’t just for the fans’ pleasure since the 2016 research revealed that ‘Thunderstruck’ hits the right notes both lyrically and musically when it comes to increasing the effectiveness of cancer drugs. Apparently, the track hits the nail on the head compared to the band’s other tracks.
Prof Voelcker’s statement follows:
“We found that hard rock worked particularly well, but the song ‘Thunderstruck’ was chosen because the coating was done in plasma, and thunder is an example of plasma as well.”
You can listen to ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC below.