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
Genre Hard rock
Length 42:48
Label Albert
Producer Harry Vanda, George Young
AC/DC chronology
Who Made Who
Blow Up Your Video
The Razors Edge
Singles from Blow Up Your Video
  1. "Heatseeker"
    Released: 14 February 1988
  2. "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: 26 March 1988

Blow Up Your Video is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's tenth internationally released studio album and the eleventh to be released in Australia. First released in Europe and Australia 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.[1] 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.[2] 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".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+ [3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Malcolm Young, Angus Young and Brian Johnson

No. Title Length
1. "Heatseeker"   3:50
2. "That's the Way I Wanna Rock 'n' Roll"   3:45
3. "Meanstreak"   4:08
4. "Go Zone"   4:26
5. "Kissin' Dynamite"   3:58
6. "Nick of Time"   4:16
7. "Some Sin for Nuthin'"   4:11
8. "Ruff Stuff"   4:28
9. "Two's Up"   5:19
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 omitted from the final album cut.




Year Chart Peak Position
1988 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart
1988 US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart
1988 UK Albums Chart


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[5] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[6] Gold 37,844[6]
United States (RIAA)[2] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (22 January 2009). "Simon Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "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
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: AC/DC". Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  4. ^ Jim Farber (1988-04-07). "Blow up Your Video | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  6. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website