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"I'm a Rebel" is a hard rock song written by Alex Young, elder brother of AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young.


AC/DC version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"I'm a Rebel"
Song by AC/DC
Released Unreleased
Recorded 16 September 1976[1]
Genre Hard rock
Length Unknown
Label Albert
Writer Alex Young
Producer Not known

"I'm a Rebel" was recorded,[2] but never released,[3] by the popular Australian hard rock band AC/DC. They had recording sessions outside Albert Productions without George Young andHarry Vanda. After a show in Maschen, Germany, promoter Rudy Holzhauer asked the band to record Alexander Young's song in Studio Maschen. AC/DC then recorded the song in a few hours.[4] Bon Scott was very drunk when the song was recorded. Nevertheless, Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann claimed in an interview that this recording was "way better" than Accept's result.[5]

The AC/DC recording remains in Albert Productions' vaults, and was not included in the Bonfire nor Backtracks box sets which released much of the band's rarities.

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Accept version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

"I'm a Rebel"
Single by Accept
from the album I'm a Rebel
B-side "No Time to Lose"
Released 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:57
Writer(s) Alexander Young under the name George Alexander
Producer Dirk Steffens
Accept singles chronology
"Lady Lou"

(1979)

"I'm a Rebel"

(1980)

"Burning"

(1981)

Accept recorded the song in 1979, releasing it in 1980 as a single as well as the opening track for their second album, I'm a Rebel. It was credited to the pseudonym "George Alexander".[6] It is the band's only recording of a song no band member wrote or co-wrote.

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U.D.O. version[edit source | editbeta]Edit

U.D.O., featuring Accept singer Dirkschneider, released a new recording of the song in 1998 on their album No Limits.[7] They went on to include the song on their 2001 live album release Live from Russia.[8]

Personnel, studio recording[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Personnel, live recording[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
  • Stefan Kaufmann – guitar
  • Igor Gianola – guitar
  • Fitty Wienhold – bass guitar
  • Lorenzo Milani – drums

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