Third re-release (the first remastered) of the tenth Australian and ninth internationally released full-length studio album by the legendary Australian Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
Though AC/DC were never quite as sly and subversive with singer Brian Johnson, they have nevertheless put out a lot of top drawer stuff since the Bon Scott days (particularly the one-two punch of flawless "Back In Black" and "For Those About To Rock"), and continuing right up to the present day.
1985's "Fly On The Wall" gets a bad reputation for muddy production and poor vocals. But listening to it you'll have no complaints whats ever. In addition to the fan favorites ("Shake Your Foundations", "Sink The Pink"), you'll get unheralded cuts like the title track or the incendiary stomper "Playing With Girls" (inexplicably not hailed as one of their greatest songs). Additionally, you get atypical stylistic shifts like the laid back groover "Danger", which features an extraordinary lightning-in-a-bottle guitar solo by Angus Young - still very much in top creative form throughout.
Still, "Fly On The Wall" has enough high points to make it worth owning if you’re a hardcore AC/DC fan, though it's one of their weaker overall efforts. P.S. The public and band agreed: this was their lowest charting album of new material since "Powerage", and the band has played nothing from it since the '85 tour.
Instead of issuing your usual run-of-the-mill video clips advertising your new album, AC/DC decided to try something a little different for their 1985 record, "Fly On The Wall". A storyline was created that would run through five of the album's songs, and while the story wasn't exactly on par with Citizen Kane (it centered around the band playing away at a city bar, while strange characters were introduced per song), it proved to be a rather original idea amidst the usual corny clips of the '80s. The most popular video was for the mid-paced rocker "Danger" (which showed a sleazy photographer snooping around the band), which was played regularly on MTV's Heavy Metal programs. Other clips included "Shake Your Foundations" (as the title hints, the band reduces the bar to rubble), and a rather embarrassing one for "Sink the Pink" (in which a disco dancer shimmy's away to AC/DC's thunderous Heavy Metal...come on!).
The album was not well received by critics and sold only 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”. The singles "Shake Your Foundations" and "Sink the Pink", however, are seen as standouts from the album, and both songs were later included on the band's soundtrack album “Who Made Who” for Stephen King's film Maximum Overdrive.
Overall, this is a great album, lots of great songs and Johnsons voice is awesome!!
Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment Inc., 1985/2003 (EPC 510768 2). Made in Austria.
1. Fly On The Wall 3:46
2. Shake Your Foundations 4:12
3. First Blood 3:48
4. Danger 4:24
5. Sink The Pink 4:17
6. Playing With Girls 3:46
7. Stand Up 3:55
8. Hell Or High Water 4:34
9. Back In Business 4:26
10. Send For The Man 3:24
Total playing time: 40:32