Thursday, August 15, 2013
AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
Side one opens with the thumping drums of Phil Rudd on "Rising Power", showing us that the Australian band is on the warpath for another rocking good time.
I like how the guitars from Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Cliff Williams ring out like an alarm on "This House Is on Fire".
The second single released was also the title track. "Flick of the Switch" went to number 26 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
"Nervous Shakedown", with its heavy, methodical grinding rhythm, charted at number 35 in the UK.
The rapid-fire "Landslide", the B-side to the first single, buries the first half of the record. Lead singer Brian Johnson has no problem though keeping up with the pace of his bandmates.
Side two blazes in with "Guns for Hire", the first single. It charted at number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 37 in the UK and on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
"Deep in the Hole" describes being trapped in a relationship.
On "Bedlam in Belgium”, the lyrics describe a concert that was pre-empted due to some local turmoil.
The B-side to the second single was "Badlands", a bluesy rock number that likens the dating scene to a desolate, no-holds-barred western landscape.
"Brain Shake" closes things out.
One thing about AC/DC is that the band is consistent in their sound. If you put on Flick of the Switch, you know exactly what you are going to get - balls-to-the-wall heavy rock that sound great with the stereo cranked up.
For the band’s 1978 album Powerage, click here.
For 1980’s Back In Black, click here.