Filing Snag: It Could Go Both Ways*

I ran into an interesting filing conundrum when it came to the next two bands in the All The Everything series, Accept and AC/DC.

Simply put, does one count the / in AC/DC’s name when filing alphabetically?


1) If not counting it, meaning removal of the / from the name, it would look like this:


because the order would be ACCept then ACDc.

2) If yes, it counts as something preceeding alphabetization between the C and the D, it would look like this (and iTunes does it this way):


because the order would be AC/dc then ACCept.

I know, right? These are the things which keep me up at night.

After chewing on this for a while, I asked my lovely wife what she thought. Basically, after looking at me to be sure I was seriously asking this of her (I WAS!), she asked how I will remember it best when I go to my collection to get an album, and go with that. Ultimately, she couldn’t care less. And fair play to her, she has suffered these minutiae questions of mine for many years, now, the dear lady.

So, to avoid spinning wheels any longer, I have chosen to flout iTunes’ tyranny, and to not count the / in AC/DC’s name. Which means I will follow option 1, covering Accept first, and then AC/DC.

After deliberation, I have found this choice to be Acceptable.

And it really doesn’t matter. I’ve got a whole lotta rockin’ in my future in whichever order I choose to cover them!

* In other words, it could be AC or DC… 🙂


Posted on May 15, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Haha. That conversation with your wife sounds a lot like it would go in my household but probably with a lot more eye-rolling.

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  2. AC/DC is after accept in my collection. I filed according to Record Store traditions.


  3. And how does one alphabetize a lightning bolt?!
    I think you’ve arrived at the right answer though – plenty of rock, soon to be saluted!

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  4. Bon Scott was once asked if he was AC or DC..he said neither as he was the lightening bolt in the middle…
    there’s your answer young fella….

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  5. Haha. I know that kind of conversation well (I continue the conversation with myself). I think AC/DC are considered AC in my own collection. I think. I’d need to check…


    • Man, talking to yourself about music collections… I’VE BEEN THERE! Usually ‘cos my lovely wife gave up and left the room…

      Sure they’re AC, but the question is: are they ACDc, or AD/dc? 🙂

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  6. It’s an interesting one. I sort R.E.M. with the periods but B.A. Johnston without (and normally spell his name without). I also sort CDs by artists’ first names so as to 1) match iTunes and 2) to put Ben Folds with Ben Folds Five, Joel Plaskett with The Joel Plaskett Emergency, etc. For AC/DC I would be tempted to put them under “acd” not “ac/” but ultimately, I’d pick one and then see if it felt weird over time and move it if need be.


    • Ha, I sort R.E.M. by the periods too! So I guess I answered my own question… oh Michael Stipe, you help us in so many ways…

      I could never sort by artist first name in my own collection – it’d drive me batty when I got to a record store with my list. Instead of Workman, Hawksley, as the store would sort it, I’d have to find Hawksley Workman in the list, then translate to Workman, Hawksley…

      Here’s another one: the band A-HA. Are they AHA, or A- then ha?


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