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AC/DC is Electra the Electric Engine's show-stopping introduction number.

ContextEdit

The number starts with a 'technical problem' causing a power cut, resulting in the Engines and Carriages powering down. From the gloom and the smoke, a laser pierces the stage, and silhouetted figures appear.

The first to introduce himself is Krupp, the Armaments truck, followed by Wrench, the Repair truck, Purse, the Money truck, Volta, the Freezer truck and Joule, the Dynamite truck. The Components tell us that their master is rich, hot, cool and powerful. As the music builds, the bridge swings overhead, and Electra himself appears.

The choreography usually involves Electra shooting lightning at someone (often times Wrench), to demonstrate he's dangerous. Pearl is drawn to him, they usually have a short passage dancing together, explained by his magnetic powers. Towards the end, his magnetism draws all the other engines and carriages to him, they start to circle around him, before he separates from them again for the final pose with his Components backing him up.

The song has an appropriately strong Electronic sound, being written in 7/4 time to create an off-balance feel. The intent is a strange, new, modern type of music, especially for 1984. This is a stark contrast to the Rock'n'Roll feeling of Greaseball's songs.

The original running order places this number immediately after "Entry of the National Engines", as Control calls forward each race competitor in turn. Just as Control calls for any last entries, the power surges and fluctuates, heralding Electra's arrival. In productions which more "Entry of the National Engines" to the start of the show, Electra's entrance loses that context. Instead, Control tries to begin the race proceedings at the end of "Freight", but is interrupted by Electra's approach.

Lyrics Edit

In the original production the Components don't introduce themselves, instead they speak in a form of DOS prompts, language that in the early 1980s seemed very futuristic and "computery". However by 1992, computing was less futuristic and more widely understood, making the passage sound dated. It was replaced by the Components introducing themselves by name, and in some productions, including some banter with the Freight. When Krupp is cut, Purse takes the line "We ask the questions" instead.

1984 Original IntroductionEdit

Krupp: Clear Electra, Verify 
Wrench: Go to Electra, Load
Volta: Shift Electra
Joule: Space Electra
Purse: Enter Electra, run Electra, confirm, confirm - Enter
Components: Electra- Electra - Electra - Electra

1992 Revised London IntroductionEdit

Control: This is control. This is control.
Listen up! Race-time minus 10 minutes.
Sorry, we have a technical problem. Nothing to worry about -
Oh boy! A late entry! A superstar challenger!
These must be his minders...
Krupp: Halt! I am Krupp, Electra's armaments truck!
Rocky 1: Who's Electra?
Krupp: We ask the questions!
Wrench: I am Wrench, Electra's repair truck!
Dustin: Electra must be rich, to have his own repair truck?
Flat-Top: Or unreliable - hurhurhur
Purse: I am Purse, Electra's money truck, Electra is rich,
Switch your alliance to Electra
Volta: I am Volta, Electra's freezer truck!
Joule: I am Joule, Electra's dynamite truck!
Volta: Electra is cool!
Joule: Electra is hot!
Volta: Cool
Joule: Hot
Components: A megastar, a megawatt.
Rich, hot, powerful, rich, hot, cool.
Rich, hot, powerful, rich, hot, cool.
Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra

1984 Full Song Lyrics Edit

Electra: I am electric, feel my attraction,
feel my magnetism, you will agree.
I am electric, I have the contacts
I am electric the future is me!
AC / DC is okay by me.
I can switch an change my frequency.
I am electric, mind how you touch me,
I can shock you, I can set you on fire.
I can reach up and pluck down the lightning,
watch the conductor, see the light wire
AC / DC is okay by me.
I can switch and change my frequency.
Components: Electra- Electra - Electra
Electra: I am electric, I'm a computer
don't attempt to keep no secrets from me.
If you make me bored, I hit my keyboard,
you'll be erased from my memory.
AC / DC is okay by me.
I can switch and change my frequency
AC / DC is okay by me.
I can switch and change my frequency
can switch and change my frequency
can switch and change my frequency
Components: Electra- Electra - Electra - Electra
Electra: I can switch and change my frequency

1988 German Lyrics Edit

Electra: Ich bin elektrisch, steh unter Spannung,
hab' magnetische Kraft, fühlst du es nicht?
Ich bin elektrisch, hab' die Kontakte,
ich bin elektrisch, die Zukunft bin ich!
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Gleich dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
Ich bin elektrisch, ich bin gefährlich,
denn ein Schlag von mir kann Herzen sehr schaden!
Ein Griff von mir holt den Blitz aus der Leitung,
zündet den Funken in meinen Adern
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Gleich dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
Components: Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra
Electra: Ich bin elektrisch, bin ein Computer
weiß genaustens Bescheid über dich.
Um mich zu entlasten, drück ich die Tasten,
lösch' deine Daten und vergesse dich!
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Gleich dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Gleich dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.
Components: Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra
Electra: Gleich dreht sich mein Strom und wechselt sich.

Revised German IntroductionEdit

Krupp: Ich bin Krupp, Electras Rüstungswagen
Wrench: Ich bin Wrench, Electras Reperaturwagen
Pearl: Wer ist Electra?
Purse: Wir stellen hier die Fragen!
Ich bin Purse, Electras Geldtransporter.
Electra ist reich, schaltet um auf Electra!
Volta: Ich bin Volta, Electras Kühlwagen
Joule: Ich bin Joule, Electras Sprengstoffwagen
Components: Electra ist cool, Electra ist hot
Cool, Hot! Ein Megastar, ein Megawatt
Reich, heiß, volle Kraft
Reich, heiß, cool
Reich, heiß, volle Kraft
Reich, heiß, cool
Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra

2013 Revised German Lyrics Edit

Electra: Ich bin elektrisch, steh unter Spannung,
hab' magnetische Kraft, fühlst du es nicht?
Ich bin elektrisch, hab die Kontakte,
ich bin elektrisch, die Zukunft bin ich!
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Meine Energie verändert sich!
Ich bin elektrisch, ich bin gefährlich,
denn ein Schlag von mir kann Herzen sehr schaden!
Ein Griff von mir holt den Blitz aus der Leitung,
zündet den Funken in meinen Adern.
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Meine Energie verändert sich!
Components: Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra
Electra: Ich bin elektrisch, Widerstand ist zwecklos.
Spührst du die Anziehungskraft wie Magie?
Mich ignorieren heißt zu verlieren,
ich bin Electrisch bin voll Energie
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Meine Energie verändert sich.
AC / DC ist okay für mich.
Meine Energie verändert sich,
die Energie verändert sich,
die Energie verändert sich.
Components: Electra - Electra - Electra - Electra
Electra: Ich bin elektrisch, mach mich an, mach mich an, ich bin elektrisch.
I am electric, turn me on, turn me on, I am eletric.
Turn me on, mach mich an
Meine Energie verändert dich!

At some points in the show's history, the German production has placed "Entry of the National Engines" at the beginning of the show, leading to a different introduction to "AC/DC" from Control. Similar to the later London script, Control attempts to begin the race proceedings when Electra's approach interrupts.

Hier ist Control, hier ist Control.
Hört zu, dies sind die Regel:
wir haben zwei Vorausscheidungen und die ersten beiden Züge jeder Vorentscheidung nehmen an der Endausscheidung teil, klar?
Zwei Rennen, zwei Kandidaten aus jedem Rennen.
Noch weitere Anmeldungen?
Scheint wir haben ein technisches Problem, kleine Störung.
Oh man! Ich glaube, wir haben einen Superstar als Herausforderer!

VideoEdit

AC/DC is often used in promotions, as it is a spectacular number which can be performed by a reduced number of performers.

AC DC in the 2012 UK Tour04:42

AC DC in the 2012 UK Tour

Mykal Rand, UK Tour 2012

"AC DC" on German TV - as Electra01:55

"AC DC" on German TV - as Electra

Andreas Wolfram as Electra, Bochum 2008

DC - Fernsehgarten03:15

DC - Fernsehgarten

Electra, Krupp and Purse - Bochum ca. 1997

Starlight Express ( Singapore ) Paul Shipp ACDC 201304:16

Starlight Express ( Singapore ) Paul Shipp ACDC 2013

Paul Shipp as Electra, UK/Singapore tour 2013


Gallery Edit

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