10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1985 after a two-year recording break, right at the peak of the MTV era and the start of the hair metal rage, Fly on the Wall was a much-needed reminder that AC/DC was there first and did it best. During the band's hiatus they let go of original drummer Phil Rudd and brought in Simon Wright. Installing a fresh backbone wasn't the only new development. Due in part to the band's own success, heavy music was now finding a place in the charts on a regular basis. The emerging "pop metal" sounds had nothing on AC/DC. Fly on the Wall made no concessions to anything other than the band's own aesthetic. No ballads, no over-production, no haircuts, nothing but denim, t-shirts and strutting new tunes like "Shake Your Foundations" and "Hell or High Water." A firm reminder of how unshakeable this band could be.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1985 after a two-year recording break, right at the peak of the MTV era and the start of the hair metal rage, Fly on the Wall was a much-needed reminder that AC/DC was there first and did it best. During the band's hiatus they let go of original drummer Phil Rudd and brought in Simon Wright. Installing a fresh backbone wasn't the only new development. Due in part to the band's own success, heavy music was now finding a place in the charts on a regular basis. The emerging "pop metal" sounds had nothing on AC/DC. Fly on the Wall made no concessions to anything other than the band's own aesthetic. No ballads, no over-production, no haircuts, nothing but denim, t-shirts and strutting new tunes like "Shake Your Foundations" and "Hell or High Water." A firm reminder of how unshakeable this band could be.

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