They’re one of the biggest rock bands in the history of music.

AC/DC have rocked stadia across the world for the past four decades and are set to play Manchester tonight.

And their rare appearance coincides with a little known anniversary of their connection to Huddersfield.

For 30 years ago the band chose our town as the location to film a video for their hit You Shook Me All Night Long.

In 1986 the song was being re-released to take advantage of the growing music television audience and needed a fitting video to match the tune.

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Based on the comic strip Andy Capp; Geordie frontman Brian Johnson, also rarely seen without a flat cap, took on the lazy comic character’s persona as a politically incorrect drunkard chasing a busty woman’s affections.

The band can be seen up to high jinks at various spots in town including in Milnsbridge, Paddock and Outlane as Brian walks from his humble terraced property along the canal to the home of his date for the night.

Band members Angus and Malcolm Young follow Brian around, with Angus in his signature velvet schoolboy outfit.

Brian Johnson, left, and Angus Young perform with AC/DC on the Rock or Bust Tour in Chicago

What was K Brook’s chemist at Luck Lane, Paddock is featured along with a mobile fish and chip van that was a common sight around the lower Colne Valley at the time.

Examiner readers have told how scouts for the director, David Mallett, searched town for suitably ‘northern’ looking houses to depict the setting of the popular Daily Mirror comic strip.

One of those picked was the home of Carole Woodward’s parents at Mount Road in Outlane.

The house where her father still lives today is featured with then Page 3 model Corinne Russell leaning out of the upstairs window.

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Band frontman Brian Johnson is filmed walking up to the property and excitedly heading upstairs to the bedroom for a saucy encounter.

Carole Woodward at her childhood home in Outlane as Brian Johnson.

The video then cuts away to a rock stadium with the scantily clad glamour model riding a mechanical bull.

Carole, who was 34 at the time, said: “A scout came round and was looking at properties in the area.

“He came to the door and asked if they could use the frontage for the video, but when they looked around they said, ‘Can we use the inside as well?’.

“The shot on the stairs and the girl leaning out of the window was their home.

“They were paid £100 and allowed to stay and watch the filming.

“I remember my mum saying they were lovely boys!”

Another local home used was Alan Bywater’s on George Street in Milnsbridge.

His terraced property features at the beginning of the video after a black and white shot of the industrial area cuts away to a shot of Brian scrubbing his back in a tin bathtub on the kitchen floor.

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Alan’s son Robert, who has emigrated to the USA, said his late father was delighted to be involved, especially as the video featured shots of the family’s Jack Russell dog Bill.

Ron Whitham of Milnsbridge, plays Brian Johnson part in the video.
Ron Whitham of Milnsbridge, plays Brian Johnson part in the video.

He said: “They paid my dad 50 quid and he spent the whole time trying to woo the models across to Milnsbridge Liberal Club with his new found wealth.”

As for the question on why Huddersfield was chosen for the location of a world famous rock n’ roll hellraising band – no-one knows.

The Examiner contacted director of the video David Mallett, who has worked with the band for over 30 years, but he did not respond.