Fly on the Wall (AC/DC album)

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Fly on the Wall
Studio album by AC/DC
Released 28 June 1985
Recorded November 1984–February 1985, Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:30
Label Albert Productions, Atlantic Records
Producer Angus Young and Malcolm Young
AC/DC chronology
Flick of the Switch
1983)
Fly on the Wall
(1985)
Who Made Who
(1986)
Singles from Fly on the Wall
  1. "Danger"
    Released: 28 June 1985
  2. "Shake Your Foundations"
    Released: June 1985
  3. "Sink the Pink"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (unfavourable) link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars link

Fly on the Wall is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's ninth internationally released studio album and the tenth to be released in Australia.

Originally released on 28 June 1985, it was AC/DC's second and last self-produced album and also the band's first album since the original Australian version of High Voltage not to include drummer Phil Rudd, who was replaced by Simon Wright (although Wright appeared in music videos for Flick of the Switch tracks.)[1] Like their previous album, Flick of the Switch, Angus and Malcolm Young chose to produce in order to capture the rawness and simplicity of their early works[2] in a time when pop-oriented glam metal became popular.

The album was not well received by critics and only sold one million copies upon its release, as opposed to the success of their previous albums, Back in Black and For Those About to Rock We Salute You.[3] The singles "Shake Your Foundations" and "Sink the Pink", however, are seen as standouts from the album,[2][4][5] and both songs were later included on the band's soundtrack album Who Made Who for Stephen King's film Maximum Overdrive. A video featuring the band performing five of the album's songs was also released in the summer of 1985. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.

Video[edit]

A home video of AC/DC performing five songs from the album was released in the summer of 1985. The video, also titled Fly on the Wall, features the band playing the songs "Fly on the Wall", "Danger", "Sink the Pink", "Stand Up", and "Shake Your Foundations", in that order, at a small bar in New York City, named The Crystal Ballroom. At the bar, a photographer attempts to sneak in to take photographs of the band, and as the band performs, new characters are introduced during each song, including three suit-clad men and two women during "Stand Up", and a lady dressed in all pink during "Sink the Pink". The cartoon fly depicted on the album cover is also seen in the video. At the beginning of the video, as the band walks onstage, the announcer, named Decadent Dan, says to the near-empty room: "We've got a very special group for you tonight, so let's give a big Crystal Ballroom welcome to... what's the name of the group again?" Someone off-camera whispers, and then Dan says "AC/DC! What's that, an electric company or something?" The band then proceeds to play the title track, "Fly on the Wall". The bartender, irritated by the loud sounds of the main riff, puts earplugs into his ears. The audience becomes more rowdy and begin to dance and cheer more as each song passes, until eventually the ballroom crumbles and the band are the only ones left standing.

Video version of Fly on the Wall

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Fly on the Wall"   3:44
2. "Shake Your Foundations"   4:10
3. "First Blood"   3:46
4. "Danger"   4:22
5. "Sink the Pink"   4:15
6. "Playing with Girls"   3:44
7. "Stand Up"   3:53
8. "Hell or High Water"   4:32
9. "Back in Business"   4:24
10. "Send for the Man"   3:36

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
US
Billboard 200
[6]
UK
Album Chart
[7]
1985 Fly on the Wall 32 7
Year Chart Peak Position
1985 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart
4

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
UK
Singles Chart
[7]
1985 "Danger" 48
1986 "Shake Your Foundations" 24

Certification[edit]

Country Sales Certification
United States 1,000,000 Platinum

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Angus and Malcolm Young
  • Mark Dearnley – engineer
  • Bob Defrin – art director
  • Todd Schorr – cover illustration

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saulnier, Jason (22 January 2009). "Simon Wright Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Steve Huey. "Fly on the Wall > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  3. ^ Statistics compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America
  4. ^ Carlo Twist. "AC/DC : Fly on the Wall Review on Blender". Alpha Media Group Inc. Retrieved 2008-06-15. [dead link]
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Who Made Who > Overview". All Media Guide. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Fly on the Wall > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". All Media Guide. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  7. ^ a b "everyHit.com – UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics on AC/DC's official website