Angus Young’s schoolboy uniform is one of the most iconic “looks” in rock history, but he wasn’t super confident about how it would go over when he first donned it.
In a new interview with Guitar World, Young recalled first wearing the uniform at an April 1974 show in Sydney’s Victoria Park and said, “That was the most frightened I’ve ever been on stage, but thank God, I had no time to think. I just went straight out there. The crowd’s first reaction to the shorts and stuff was like a bunch of fish at feeding time – all mouths open.”
Interestingly enough, the schoolboy uniform may have also aided in how Young moved around stage. He said, “I had just one thing on my mind: I didn’t want to be a target for blokes throwing bottles. I thought if I stand still I’m a target. So I never stopped moving. I reckoned if I stood still I’d be dead.”
The one drawback of the uniform, however, what that it wasn’t exactly a hit with the ladies.
“Oh, I had a few wild nights over the years, but most of the time everyone else was having them for me. Because of the schoolboy uniform, some women have tried to mother me – they think I’m cute because I’m so short. But playing has always been the thing for me,” said Young.
He added, “In the early days, all my mates used to say to me, ‘You must be meeting loads of girls…’ Well yeah, I used to meet plenty of girls, but none of them used to want to go home with me. Some women would come up and make, er, bold statements, but I don’t know why. There’s nothing sexy about a schoolboy, is there?”
Well, I guess Angus will just have to settle for being a Guitar God and not a ladies’ man. OH! What an unfortunate burden!