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AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ Usage in ‘Varsity Blues’ Cost $500,000

Putting a song in a movie is a huge deal, often being mutually beneficial to both the film and the artist, but at times, there’s some pretty significant money changing hands to make such deals happen. How much? Variety‘s Artisans series recently sat down with a number of music supervisors to discuss stories about music placement where a rather surprising factoid about AC/DC came up.

In the video posted above, Thomas Golubic, who has done music placement for shows such as ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ reveals that the biggest deal he’s ever bartered was for AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in the film ‘Varsity Blues.’

‘Thunderstruck’ was licensed to the film for a massive $500,000. “I remember being absolutely horrified when I heard that number,” Golubic recalls. ”And we spent a lot of time coming up with what we thought were great alternates, but there was going to be no budget on that, and they had money so they paid for it.”

The usage can be seen in the video below, with ‘Thunderstruck’ taking over two minutes of film time. And, in all honesty, AC/DC just works really well for sports-themed action, as demonstrated in stadiums and arenas over the years.

Watch AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ in ‘Varsity Blues’

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