Flick of the Switch

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Flick of the Switch
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 15 August 1983
Recorded Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, April 1983
Genre Hard rock
Length 37:02
Label Albert
Producer AC/DC
AC/DC chronology
For Those About to Rock We Salute You
(1981)
Flick of the Switch
(1983)
Fly on the Wall
(1985)
Singles from Flick of The Switch
  1. "Guns For Hire"
    Released: 1983
  2. "Nervous Shakedown"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Flick of the Switch"
    Released: 1983

Flick of the Switch is the ninth Australian and eighth international studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, recorded shortly after their European Tour at the beginning of 1983. The album was originally released in the US on 15 August 1983. The album was self-produced by AC/DC and reached #4 in UK and #15 in the US, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[1]

On the recorded commentary on the album for the Live at Donington DVD, the band members state that the album was an attempt to make the band raw again, and were happy with the result.[2]

After having problems with Malcolm as well as drugs and alcohol,[3] drummer Phil Rudd was fired midway through the album's recording sessions, although he had completed his drum parts. Former Procol Harum drummer B.J. Wilson was hired to help complete the recording if needed, but his contributions were not used. The drum position was eventually filled by future Dio drummer Simon Wright after more than 700 auditions were held in the U.S. and UK.[4] Simon Kirke of Free and Bad Company fame, and Paul Thompson of Roxy Music were two of the drummers auditioned.[5] Wright appeared in the videos for "Flick of the Switch", "Nervous Shakedown",[6] and "Guns For Hire". He also toured for the album, and is seen in the pro-shot video recordings from that period. Rudd returned to the band in 1994.

The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. It is the first AC/DC album to be under 40 minutes in length.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Blender 2/5 stars link[dead link]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Rising Power"   3:43
2. "This House Is on Fire"   3:23
3. "Flick of the Switch"   3:13
4. "Nervous Shakedown"   4:27
5. "Landslide"   3:57
6. "Guns for Hire"   3:24
7. "Deep in the Hole"   3:19
8. "Bedlam in Belgium"   3:52
9. "Badlands"   3:38
10. "Brain Shake"   4:00

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1983 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart
3
1983 US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart
15
1983 UK Albums Chart
4

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3× Platinum 210,000^
United States (RIAA)[1] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b {{#switch:United States |Argentina="Argentinian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.  |Australia=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION. |Austria="Austrian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter AC/DC in the field Interpret. Enter Flick of the Switch in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen |Belgium=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for BELGIAN CERTIFICATION. |Brazil="Brazilian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.  |Canada="Canadian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Music Canada.  |Denmark="Danish album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". IFPI Denmark.  |Europe=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for EUROPEAN CERTIFICATION. |Finland=The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits: |France="French album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.  |GCC=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for GCC CERTIFICATION. |Germany="Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (AC/DC; 'Flick of the Switch')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.  |Greece="Greek album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Greek). IFPI Greece.  |Hong Kong=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for Hong Kong CERTIFICATION. |Hungary=NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for HUNGARIAN CERTIFICATION. |Ireland="Irish album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Irish Recorded Music Association.  |Italy="Italian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter AC/DC in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca |Japan="Japanese album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.  |Mexico="Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas.  |Netherlands="Dutch album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  |New Zealand=THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION. |Norway="Norwegian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.  |Poland=Portugal="Portuguese album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. 
  2. ^ Malcolm and Angus, Live At Donnington DVD, Flick Of the Switch Review
  3. ^ Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. pp. 366–367. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3. 
  4. ^ Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. p. 368. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3. 
  5. ^ Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. p. 367. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3. 
  6. ^ Flick of the Switch and Nervous Shakedown Videos, Family Jewels DVD, 2005
  7. ^ {{#switch:Australia |Argentina="Argentinian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.  |Australia="ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.  |Austria="Austrian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter AC/DC in the field Interpret. Enter Flick of the Switch in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen |Belgium="Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2013". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.  |Brazil="Brazilian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.  |Canada="Canadian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Music Canada.  |Denmark="Danish album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". IFPI Denmark.  |Europe="IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2013". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.  |Finland=The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits: |France="French album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.  |GCC="IFPI Middle East Awards – 2013". IFPI Middle East.  |Germany="Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (AC/DC; 'Flick of the Switch')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.  |Greece="Greek album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Greek). IFPI Greece.  |Hong Kong="IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 2013". IFPI Hong Kong.  |Hungary="Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2013" (in Hungarian). Mahasz.  |Ireland="Irish album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Irish Recorded Music Association.  |Italy="Italian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter AC/DC in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca |Japan="Japanese album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.  |Mexico="Certificaciones – 2013" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas.  |Netherlands="Dutch album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  |New Zealand=THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION. |Norway="Norwegian album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.  |Poland="Polish album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website