KMA2838 The LP Project 7: AC/DC – Fly On The Wall

Along with (previous album) Flick Of The Switch (The LP Project 5), this one was fairly unloved when it dropped. Why? I dunno, I thought it was another hot blast of AC/DC goodness. These albums likely suffer by comparison to Back in Black, and I get that, but c’mon. When I covered this album (on a cassette copy SO HOT) I had made note of some sound quality ssues (which may have been my cassette copy’s fault), but I said, in summation, “Freaking great, this album’s a goddamn barroom brawl.”

In counterpoint, Wiki shared these reviews from its time of release:

In the original Rolling Stone review of the album, Tim Holmes wrote, “You’d never guess how sexist and politically incorrect all this is if you didn’t read the lyric sheet, because you sure can’t make out a single word coming out of the dentist’s-drill glottis of Brian Johnson (except maybe the song titles, which tend to be repeated like mantras). Angus Young is also in great form, playing the dumbest, most irresistibly repetitive chords in the lexicon.” AllMusic: “Fly on the Wall continues AC/DC’s descent into cookie-cutter mediocrity, with the leering humor of past glories seeming forced and uninspired, and the music remaining somewhat underdeveloped and directionless.” In his 1994 Bon Scott memoir Highway to Hell, author Clinton Walker calls the album a “disaster”.

And then, there was People magazine: US gossip magazine People picked the LP as best album of 1985.


Posted on January 9, 2019, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Not their best album, possibly their worst but it still better than a lot of other bands’ best albums.


  2. Barrom Brawl for sure especially Side 2’s opener…
    Filthy Dirty DC is this album and some great tunes to boot!


  3. Anyone who doesn’t like this can kiss my hairy ass! I love this, it was my first ever metal album.

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  4. So many albums weren’t loved in their time and are now revered – maybe this one hasn’t reached that status yet, but I’m a sucker for ones that weren’t appreciated at the time!


  5. ‘Irresistibly repetitive chords’. Brilliant.


  6. With that RS guy “That’s just his opinion man”. It’s ACDC. What do you want? Pan flute.


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