IN HONOR OF 37 YEARS OF ‘FLY ON THE WALL’Paul Truscot
HERE ARE 9 THINGS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE ALBUM!
Fly on the Wall arrived smack in the middle of the ’80s, AC/DC’s biggest decade by far, and it landed with immediate impact. Although the album generated no pop hits or even any enduring classic rock radio staples, the album remains a hit in the group’s arsenal and like the band itself, the popularity of the album only continues to grow with age, IN HONOR OF 37 YEARS OF ‘FLY ON THE WALL’.
In honor of Fly on the Wall’s 30th anniversary, here now are 30 facts about the album to enjoy as you crank it up again and air-guitar all ‘Angus Young-like’ for the rest of the day, Fly on the world movie.
- ‘Fly on the Wall’ is the ninth studio album by AC/DC to be sold internationally. Their 1975 debut, the original version of High Voltage, came out commercially only in Australia.
2. ‘Fly’ followed the 1984 release of ’74 Jailbreak, an EP composed of rarely-heard tracks culled largely from the first High Voltage sessions. The title single “Jailbreak” caught on as a fan favorite and still remains on the radio.
3. Critics largely slammed ‘Fly on the Wall’ upon its release. Mainstream rock writers from about 1985 often disliked heavy metal in general, and AC/DC in particular. Even those who didn’t hate the band mostly branded ‘Fly’ as repetitive and lazy.
4. Rolling Stone 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” (keep in mind, that’s what passed as a positive review).
5. One unexpected opinion on the album that differed from most critics was People Magazine. The celebrity gossip weekly deemed ‘Fly on the Wall’ the single greatest album of 1985 in its year-end issue.
6. ‘Fly on the Wall peaked at #32 on the Billboard albums chart.
7. ‘Sink the Pink’ and ‘Shake Your Foundations’, the two lead singles released from Fly on the Wall, also made the cut for inclusion on ‘Who Made Who.
8. “Shake Your Foundations” was remixed for Who Made Who and shortened from 4:10 to 3:53.
9. AC/DC had high hopes for the single “Danger.” Not only did the song stuff on vinyl, but the band also noticed audiences getting bored or taking bathroom breaks when they performed it in concert. It was dropped quickly from the live set.
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