There is a trend on TikTok for playing AC/DC's Back In Black while being beaten with a frying pan

Woman beats man wearing an armoured helmet with a frying pan
(Image credit: citando.musica)

As the internet continues to throw up examples of human behaviour that are as startling as they are unexpected, it was only a matter of time before we came across a video of someone playing AC/DC's Back In Black on an acoustic guitar while being rhythmically beaten about the helmet with a frying pan. 

And so it came to pass. We stumbled across just such a video, posted by the Brazilian Instagram account citando.musica (opens in new tab), which features a musician wearing an armoured helmet playing the song's classic riff, his performance punctuated by clanging blows to the skull provided by a companion with a frying pan. 

Doing our "research" for this story we discovered that this video was merely the tip of the AC/DC/helmet/frying pan iceberg, and that such stunts appear to be a "thing" on social media platform TikTok, where you'll find numerous examples of the unlikely trend.

Like the video of a man sporting a Top Gun-style helmet who plays the riff as blows rain down on his protective dome. And like the video that shows an apparently placid woman with the user name "maverickmother" being savagely beaten by a young girl we presume to be her daughter. 

We've no idea where this trend started, although the frying pan does seem to be a recent addition to a long-running video meme in which musicians playing the song's riff are bludgeoned as they perform. As long ago as 2020 less extreme examples can be found, with the performers protected by plastic bowls as they're mercilessly assailed with water bottles or various pieces of summer footwear.

Our favourites include one from TikTok sensations AMHBand (3 million followers and counting), but perhaps the best of these early adopter videos comes from 2021, in which a man sporting a Mandalorian helmet is besieged by a miniature Yoda wielding a wooden spoon.  

Just some of these videos are below. 

A post shared by Citando Musica (@citando.musica) (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by on

@thesolesnatcher187 (opens in new tab)

♬ оригинальный звук - Руслан Ахметгареев (opens in new tab)
@maverickmother (opens in new tab)

♬ оригинальный звук - Руслан Ахметгареев (opens in new tab)
@amhband (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - AMH Band (opens in new tab)
@markep81 (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - BadParentingMoments (opens in new tab)
@markep81 (opens in new tab)

♬ original sound - BadParentingMoments (opens in new tab)
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 37 years in music industry, online for 24. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.