Blow Up Your Video
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|Blow Up Your Video|
|Studio album by AC/DC|
|Released||18 January 1988|
|Recorded||August – September 1987|
|Producer||Harry Vanda, George Young|
|Singles from Blow Up Your Video|
Blow Up Your Video is the eleventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, first released on 18 January 1988. It was later released in the US on 1 February 1988. The album was recorded at the Miraval Studio in Le Val, France, in between August and September 1987.
The album was produced by Harry Vanda and George Young, the production team behind the band's early albums. This was also the final studio album to feature drummer Simon Wright. Although he wrote all the lyrics on the album, it would be the last on which Brian Johnson was credited as a songwriter (all songs on subsequent albums were written by the Young brothers). The title of the album was taken from a line in the song "That's The Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll".
The album was the band's biggest-selling album of new material since For Those About to Rock We Salute You, being certified Platinum in the US. Blow Up Your Video reached #2 in the UK and #12 in the US. However, the band played four tracks from it on the subsequent world tour, "Heatseeker", "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll", "Nick of Time" and "Go Zone". "Heatseeker" and "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll" are also featured on AC/DC Live Collector's Edition. "Heatseeker" was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. During the Blow Up Your Video world tour, Malcolm Young decided not to participate in the North American leg, in order to get over an alcohol addiction. Filling in for him was Malcolm and Angus' nephew, Stevie Young, although Malcolm was present on the rest of the tour and in the Blow Up Your Video promotional videos. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental in 1989, but lost to Jethro Tull's Crest of a Knave.
Outtakes from the recording sessions include the unreleased songs "Let It Loose" and "Alright Tonight", as well as other versions of "Heatseeker", and "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll".
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|2.||"That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll"||3:45|
|6.||"Nick of Time"||4:16|
|7.||"Some Sin for Nuthin'"||4:11|
|10.||"This Means War"||4:21|
Two additional songs, "Snake Eye" and "Borrowed Time", were recorded but only released on the 12-inch single versions of "Heatseeker" and "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll", respectively. "Snake Eye" was also included on the 3-inch CD-single for "Heatseeker". The song "Down On The Borderline" was recorded, but not released until 1990, as the B-side of the Australian "Moneytalks" single in 7-inch, 12-inch and CD-single formats. All three of these songs were later included on Backtracks in 2009. Demo tracks for the songs "Let it Loose" and "Alright Tonight" were stolen and bootlegged, and therefore, omitted from the final album cut.
- Brian Johnson – lead vocals
- Angus Young – lead guitar
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Simon Wright – drums, percussion
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|1988||Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart||
|1988||US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart||
|1988||UK Albums Chart||
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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- "American album certifications – AC/DC – Blow Up Your Video". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
- Robert Christgau. "CG: AC/DC". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
- Jim Farber (1988-04-07). "Blow up Your Video | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
- The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
- Lyrics on AC/DC's official website