Vinyl Rewrite: AC/DC- Flick of the Switch(1983)


So cool that my first used vinyl purchase of this decade(2020) is one of my all-time favs and that is Flick of the Switch!

I’m thinking that this album is like my third review of it so that tells you right there my deal with it. Except for this time, it’s vinyl. So for a whole total breakdown track by track of Flick of the Switch, you can find it elsewhere on this site.

But for now..

1983 and we are all fun-loving fanboys of those fellas AC/DC. But for some funny reason, things went a little sideways for Angus Young and crew on this album.

Did I tell that I like sideways in regards to some albums this being one? For starters, AC/DC canned Mutt Lange who dialed in the sonics on the previous three AC/DC records (Highway To Hell-Back In Black- For Those About To Rock). AC/DC fired two managers and decided to do everything in house on Flick of the Switch including producing it themselves. As well, long time drummer, Phil Rudd got the boot as well after the recording was done(replaced by Simon Wright)

Hey, as a 16-year-old in 1983 I had no idea the inner turmoil these guys were dealing with then. To me, it was like ‘Cool, a new AC/DC album”.

Course myself and many others new about this album but for some reason the masses didn’t take to this album and maybe that’s the charm I still find with this album. A snooze you loose kinda deal meaning there are some gems on here that many people missed the boat on.

Sure AC/DC was still a huge draw in concert but the album stalled quickly as there was no real apparent single which you and I both know irked the Atlantic Records Suits. Imagine telling Malcolm Young back in 1983 “umm where’s the hit single?”


This album for me at the time of its release (August 1983) just hit at the right time. While Mutt Lange had Def Leppard with Pyromania all over the airwaves AC/DC forges ahead with a sound that is the exact opposite as in raw.

The guitars on opening track Rising Power set the pace as the other 10 songs sound like two buzz saws going off while Brian Johnson screeches and knarls his way vocally through the albums 10 tracks.

Tons of personal highlights on this record as AC/DC does not give a shit about anything or anyone as they just do what they do. Love that  Nugent like boogie rock guitar at the beginning of Landslide while the title track has the evil signature lock-up with Malcolm and Angus. Don’t those riffs sound pure demonic?

The band of course in 1983 played about 4 tracks (Guns For Hire opened the shows) off of Flick to promote it but every tour that has followed this album the band decided to go elsewhere when putting together the setlist.^^

Fair enough. There band, there rules!

The 80’s from 1983 to 1988 was an interesting period for AC/DC. Sure their sales kinda lagged (until 1990s The Razors Edge) yet you have to hand it to them as they still kept putting out product.


Sometimes latching onto an album that isn’t the big zillion seller in one’s catalog is the way to go and Flick of the Switch is that to me as its a no-frills straight-ahead album that will boot you hard up the ass

^^-Check out the Plug Me In DVD set that features the Flick Tour in all its glory! Fantastic.






42 thoughts on “Vinyl Rewrite: AC/DC- Flick of the Switch(1983)”

  1. I actually don’t have this one. For some reason, I stop at FTATR, but I do have Razor’s Edge. I will remedy that soon. I like albums that aren’t the main stream as I loved Lep’s Slang album and the public basically ignored that for the longest time. Nice one and welcome back!!

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    1. Thanks John. I agree 100 per cent with Slang. It’s those less than successful albums that everyone missed the boat on that have quality stuff that sometimes will resonate a a little more with us die hard rockers.

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      1. I think they are going to hit the road and clean up everywhere they go. They will not be stopped.
        Check this album out Andrew, No hits on it. Just straight ahead driving guitar rock!

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  2. Hell, yes! This is their “heaviest” with Brian in my book. They badly wanted to give the finger to MTV and to set themselves apart from the rest. But they were all in on the scene by ’88, lol. They needed to pay for them smokes! Musically though, they never gave in to the trends and for me, this is the best from that era.

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  3. First of all: welcome home.

    Second of all: YES. This is probably my second favourite Johnson album actually! I play it more often than For Those About To Rock, so that must mean I like it more, right? And I think like you mentioned, doing the production themselves was the right move. I don’t think another album with Mutt would have worked. It would have been too slick.

    So yeah, this is a brilliant choice for today’s post!

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      1. Dude how could I not check in? Your first post since coming out of early retirement!

        Imagine AC/DC with those Hysteria backing vocals. I think that’s where Mutt would have gone, but AC/DC just couldn’t do that!

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      2. I think the slick sound got to Malcolm more than anyhing and you know Angus went along with what the brother was saying.
        It’s always fun to speculate though.

        Thanks for the support!

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  4. I was going to save my comment until the fifth time you review this one, but …

    My favourite LP with Johnson on (BIB is just too played out). I love every second of it, it sounds just like a face hitting concrete to me. Bedlam In Belgium, a Top 3 AC/DC song for me, easy.

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    1. Thanks, Geoff.
      This is AC/DC under the radar review as none of these songs are in the DC repertoire nowadays or have been in over 37 years!
      But they have been etched in my noggin for 37 years so that explains it right there haha

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      1. I imagine a lot of groups ‘that album’ that tends to disappear from the setlists – but if/when a song from a neglected album made its way into the setlist, I bet it would be warmly received.
        Like if the hip had brought out something from that debut EP at a show, I bet crowds would have dug it!


  5. This album fucking rules. Can’t believe so many people don’t like it. I think it’s better than For Those About to Rock. It’s just heavy, the raw production is wicked, and Brian in peak form vocally. The tunes of course rock, good melodies, what’s the problem?

    I can understand why people shat on Fly on the Wall, but I still like that one too. Blow Up Your Video is their only stinker in the ’80s.


    1. Cool stuff Holen. FOTS is indeed an ass kicker. I like Fly On The Wall as well and even Blow Up Your Video. Love Two’s Up such a great track. Some good stuff on there for sure.
      Thanks for reading..


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