For Those About to Rock We Salute You

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For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
ForThoseAboutToRock ACDCalbum.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 November 1981 (1981-11-23)[1]
RecordedMay – September 1981
StudioMobile One, H.I.S. (Paris)
GenreHard rock
Length40:10
Label
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange
AC/DC chronology
Back in Black
(1980)
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
(1981)
Flick of the Switch
(1983)
Singles from For Those About to Rock We Salute You
  1. "Let's Get It Up"
    Released: December 1981
  2. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"
    Released: June 1982

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (referred to as For Those About to Rock on its cover) is the eighth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was released on 23 November 1981 for the United States, 27 November 1981 for the United Kingdom, 7 December 1981 for Australia and 19 December 1981 for Japan.[1]

The album is a follow-up to their highly successful album Back in Black. For Those About to Rock has sold over four million copies in the US. It would be AC/DC's first and only No. 1 album in the U.S. until the release of Black Ice in October 2008. In their original 1981 review, Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their best album. In Australia, the album peaked at No. 3 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[2]

The album, recorded in Paris, was the third and final AC/DC collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.

Releases[edit]

The album was re-released in 1985 on CD format mastered by Barry Diament from the original master tapes.[3] In 1994 it was reissued after being digitally remastered from the original master tapes[4] with significantly more compression than the 1987 release.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[5]
Blender[6]
Christgau's Record GuideC[7]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[8]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[9]
Rolling Stone[10]

For Those About to Rock became the first AC/DC album to ever hit No. 1 in the US on the Billboard chart and stayed on the top for three weeks. To date, in the US, it has achieved four million sales. In the UK, the album's two singles, "Let's Get It Up" and "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)", made it to No. 13 and No. 15, respectively. The album has sold an estimated seven million copies worldwide, making it one of the highest sold AC/DC albums worldwide.[citation needed] However it marks a major drop-off in sales in the United States, only selling 4 million as follow-up to the 25× platinum Back in Black. In a 2008 Rolling Stone cover story, David Fricke singled out the title track for praise, noting its "unusual stop-start effect that hooks you just as hard as their usual railroad drive."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"5:43
2."Put the Finger on You"3:25
3."Let's Get It Up"3:53
4."Inject the Venom"3:31
5."Snowballed"3:23
Side B
No.TitleLength
6."Evil Walks"4:23
7."C.O.D."3:19
8."Breaking the Rules"4:23
9."Night of the Long Knives"3:25
10."Spellbound"4:28

According to the official AC/DC website, the second track is "Put the Finger on You",[11] while on some versions of the album the title is shown as "I Put the Finger on You".[5]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • In the movie School of Rock, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) says to the class: "In the words of AC/DC: We roll tonight ... to the guitar bite ... and for those about to rock ... I salute you".[12]
  • The concert video For Those About to Rock, about the first open-air rock concert in Moscow in 1991, was named after the album and title track, and featured live performances by AC/DC and other rock bands, including the title track.
  • In the 1989 Beastie Boys single "Shadrach", they make a reference to the album in a lyric.
  • American Heavy Metal band Slipknot used the title track as their intro during the Knotfest 2019, 2021 and 2022 tour

Personnel[edit]

AC/DC
Production
  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange – production
  • Mark Dearnley – recording engineer
  • Dave Thoener – mixing engineer
  • Andy Rose, Mark Haliday & Nigel Green – assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering at MasteRdisk (1981)
  • Ted Jensen – remastering at Sterling Sound (1994)
  • George Marino – remastering (2003)
  • Al Quaglieri & Mike Fraser – remastering supervision (2003)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[30] Gold 25,000*
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[31] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[32] Platinum 400,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[34]
sales since 2009
Gold 25,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b @acdc (12 November 2021). ""For Those About To Rock" release date info" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
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  6. ^ "AC/DC : For Those About to Rock Review on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More". Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "A". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved 16 August 2020 – via robertchristgau.com.
  8. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  9. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise ed.). United Kingdom: Omnibus Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7.
  10. ^ Loder, Kurt (21 January 1982). "For Those About To Rock We Salute You". Rolling Stone.
  11. ^ "For Those About to Rock at the AC/DC official website". acdc.com. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  12. ^ The School of Rock (2003) – Memorable quotes
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 11. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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