Impact Albums-AC/DC: Flick of the Switch(1983)

1983 and AC/DC were not selling anywhere near the numbers they were with their two previous releases.(Back In Black & For Those About To Rock)

DC 83 was a different beast. By than Angus & Malcolm Young took over the controls and did it how they wanted to do it. Gone was the gloss  production of the Mutt Lange era. Back in was the raw like sounding Flick of the Switch album which dropped in the summer of 1983 when I was 16. Upon its release it was quick purchase for me!

Right after that I taped it onto cassette which made a great listen on my Walkman when I would ride my bike to my kitchen summer job washing dishes which started at 6 am! Rising Power indeed!

Speaking of which. Opener Rising Power  took me all of 10 seconds to realize that this was cranky DC  street rock. A no-nonsense approach to the songs on here. Came across this video of  them jamming Rising Power for there 83 Tour. Check it out below. Looks like Brian Johnson’s appendix are gonna explode ….Awesome!

This AC/DC album knocked me off my block as it was sonically what I was looking for at the time! An album that featured no hits from a band who didn’t give a Shit!

There were other bands in 83 that had hits and two of them were Def Leppard with Pyromania and Quiet Riot with Metal Health! Those two albums especially Lep had songs tailor-made for radio at that time. AC/DC on the other had sold millions of copies into the early 80’s of course between Back In Black and For Those About To Rock so I guess the powers that be must have been shocked when Malcolm and Angus handed in their final product!

Ha! The suits were probably non to pleased about this! Kinda like when I would hand in my Homework the Teacher would give me that glaze over stare so I’m sure the Young Brothers got that glare from there Record Company Boss when they handed in the masters of this album. Course AC/DC was dealing with millions and millions of dollars where I was just trying to scrape by with a pass. In other words I would hand in 3/4’s Filler to get a decent grade…hahaha!

On the other hand! I loved it..

This House is on Fire/Nervous Shakedown/Flick of the Switch/Guns For Hire/Bedlam In Belgium are songs that just grab you by the throat and smack you outside the head with the No Frills approach. The guitars are mixed loud on this album.

That is what I love…Don’t get me wrong that this album ranks over the output of Bon Scott. It doesn’t, but Flick of The Switch at that point in time back  in the Summer of 1983 told me through their music and sound that they really didn’t give a crap what the big fad was that year!

Your with em or you’re not with em!

I was with em!

How many times has my Switch been Flicked!(HAHA)

Originally purchased on vinyl back(1983). Purchased on CD(1990). Purchased as a remastered edition on CD (2003)

30 thoughts on “Impact Albums-AC/DC: Flick of the Switch(1983)”

    1. I’m sure you will come across it in your travels again John. Give it some consideration and listen to it as a band that didn’t write any hit singes for it. An albums album so to speak!

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    1. Thanks for reading Ken! It just has that go for throat vibe which so many albums don’t have as there is an ear towards the radio…none around these parts!


  1. Ah, you said it all. The rawness of Flick of the Switch is where it is at. A HEAVY AC/DC album. I bought it when I was 16 too… but it was 1994 instead of ’83, lol. I remember all my friends turning their noses up at it with Nirvanna and Pearl Jam being all of the rage. But I was driving most of the time so I got to pick the tunes!

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    1. Well I’m a few years up on ya but it’s never to late at any time to discover some good ol fashioned street rock!
      Heading over to your place as I see a Powerage review just hit the streets!


  2. Great review! The fall of 1983 was my junior year in High School. First AC/DC album I bought on my own. My mom and Dad had Back In Black on 8-track (of course) They thought this record was a little too harsh sounding which made me think it was perfect. Then I saw them on this tour with Fastway. AC/DC started their set with the kickass side 2 opener Guns For Hire.

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    1. Thanks Randy!
      What a great tour to have seen! Fastway as openers and AC/DC…Your ears must have been ringing for a week!
      I liked the fact that AC/DC included the Houston show from this tour in on there DVD comp …
      Guns For Hire what a great opener! Two cool parents that had an 8 track of BIB…classic..thanks for sharing


  3. This is fantastic, Deke! Back when I did my All The Everything post about AC/DC, I hadn’t yet gotten a copy of this record to include in the pile. Well, I have it now! I’ve played it and I have to say I spot-on agree with your assessment. This was righteous rock and roll, no gimmicks, just straight-on and let’s f-ing go! Wahoo!


  4. I fucking love this LP. It’s like having your face rubbed into the concrete, in a good way! Bedlam In Belgium and Flick are two of my very favourite ‘DC tracks.

    Plus I’ve always loved the textured LP cover.

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    1. AWESOME!
      One of the best quotes ever!
      “I fucking love this LP. It’s like having your face rubbed into the concrete, in a good way! ”
      Pure Brilliant that is the second best tag line I have ever seen written next to the all time great line I read years ago about the For Those About To Rock album where Kerrang had the title
      “More songs about Humping and Booze!” hahah

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      1. I’m like Agus Young, but with words. I love the Kerrang! one.

        Me and my mates used to think there was loads of swearing on the album, I don’t think there’s any but you could only really hear one word in ten of what he sang.

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      2. “Dog Dead Tuesday ” the opening line to Risng Power Tbone figured out about 6 months after this album came out as we couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere back than of course…
        So yeah Jonno man he was a rumbling an grumbling in that mic….
        Guitars just slam so loud….

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    2. I just read that when Flick went to the record plant to get printed there was a screw up as Guns For Hire was supposed to be the opener on Side 1 with Rising Power opening Side 2…
      In AC/DC land this makes sense as Guns was the tour opener…
      Malcolm and Angus probably Flipped there Switch with Rage when they got there copy…hahaha..
      May not be true but interesting never the less

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