AC/DC – Fly On the Wall (1985)

AC/DC – Fly On The Wall (1985, Atlantic)

  1. Fly On The Wall
  2. Shake Your Foundations
  3. First Blood
  4. Danger
  5. Sink The Pink
  6. Playing With Girls
  7. Stand Up
  8. Hell Or High Water
  9. Back In Business
  10. Send For The Man

Band Lineup:
Brian Johnson – Lead Vocals
Angus Young – Lead Guitar
Malcolm Young – Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals
Cliff Williams – Bass & Backing Vocals
Simon Wright – Drums

Produced by: Angus Young & Malcolm Young

Total Time = 40:20

AC/DC official website

I listen back on FLY ON THE WALL with a lot of fond memories. The record came out in the summer of 1985 and I got it for my 13th birthday, not a bad gift! When I went back to school a few weeks later all my friends had the album too and it became one of the soundtracks of my last year of grammar school. The best songs were ‘Sink The Pink’ and ‘Shake Your Foundations’ and I remember rewinding that cassette back and forth to keep listening to those two tracks. These two singles were also the two big videos for the band on MTV but then the FLY ON THE WALL VHS came out and I started to get into ‘Danger’, ‘Stand Up’ and the title cut. Back in the day it was all about the videos. Another reason I got into the video songs a little more was that ‘Sink the Pink’ and ‘Shake Your Foundations’ were featured on the WHO MADE WHO (1986) album and that record exploded. I always got a kick out of the kids that didn’t know that those two songs were released a year earlier on a “real” album.

Listening to the album now, the same five songs stand out just as much as they did 23 years ago but I had forgotten that the other half of the album was also pretty good. Of the other five, ‘Hell Or High Water’, ‘Playing With Girls’ and ‘First Blood’ stand out a little more than they did. What is really cool about this album is that AC/DC still made their usual brand of Hard Rock at a time when a Glam look, sex-filled lyrics and faster guitar techniques were all the rage. AC/DC came out, did what they usually did, and made no excuses! Maybe that’s another reason I like this album, you could take a simple formula like this and make a solid record without all the frills and excesses.

Bottom Line:
A pretty good record with five songs featured prominently as singles/videos. The album is more of a trip down memory lane for me but it’s also a “lost” album because it’s sandwiched between ’83’s FLICK OF THE SWITCH and ’86’s WHO MADE WHO. When I get sick of hearing all the usual AC/DC radio hits, I put on FLY ON THE WALL and remember how exciting it was to have this record when it was a new album.

Favorite Songs: ‘Sink The Pink’, ‘Shake Your Foundations’, ‘Danger’

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