Flick of the Switch
|Flick of the Switch|
|Studio album by AC/DC|
|Released||15 August 1983|
|Recorded||Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, April 1983|
|Label||Albert, Atlantic, Sony|
|Singles from Flick of The Switch|
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.
After having problems with Malcolm as well as drugs and alcohol, 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. Simon Kirke of Free and Bad Company fame, and Paul Thompson of Roxy Music were two of the drummers auditioned. Wright appeared in the videos for "Flick of the Switch", "Nervous Shakedown", 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 was the shortest studio album in the band's discography until the release of their studio album Rock or Bust.
|2.||"This House Is on Fire"||3:23|
|3.||"Flick of the Switch"||3:13|
|6.||"Guns for Hire"||3:24|
|7.||"Deep in the Hole"||3:19|
|8.||"Bedlam in Belgium"||3:52|
- Brian Johnson – lead vocals
- Angus Young – lead guitar
- Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Phil Rudd – drums
|1983||Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart||
|1983||US Billboard The 200 Albums Chart||
|1983||UK Albums Chart||
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- "American album certifications – AC/DC – Flick of the Switch". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
- Malcolm and Angus, Live At Donnington DVD, Flick Of the Switch Review
- Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. pp. 366–367. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3.
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- Engleheart, Murray & Arnaud Durieux (2006). AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. p. 367. ISBN 0-7322-8383-3.
- Flick of the Switch and Nervous Shakedown Videos, Family Jewels DVD, 2005
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
- Lyrics on AC/DC's official website