Awesome Totally Awesome - AC/DC Flick Of The Switch

AC/DC’s “Flick of the Switch”: A Great Album Overlooked

For fans of AC/DC in the early 1980s, the release of Flick of the Switch took plenty of people by surprise, as well as a host of radio stations.

Gone was the polished, sharp sound found on its predecessor For Those About To Rock We Salute You, which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. Instead, fans heard a very raw, dry record with minimal depth in terms of the sound (guitars and drums especially).

But this is what the band wanted in 1983 – to get back to basics.

Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson and Co. were tired of working with uber-producer Mutt Lange (he did Highway to HellBack in Black and For Those About to Rock) and his constant knob twitching and endless takes.

So the band congregated at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and hammered out Flick of the Switch in a month (For Those About to Rock took about five months), producing it themselves and damn how it sounded.

“There was a genuine desire to get back to the basics with Flick of the Switch,” said engineer Tony Platt in the book AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll. “There was a general kind of consensus that we needed to find some way of moving on a little bit. You know the Johnny Winter version of Muddy Waters’ ‘Mannish Boy?’ Where they’re all shouting in the background? Basically what Mal had said was that he wanted to try and get that feeling of being in a room with it all happening. I don’t think it really worked entirely.”

The album enjoyed a lukewarm reception, barely selling a million copies upon release in the U.S. and getting to No. 15 on the chart. Radio stations largely ignored it, especially when Atlantic Records barely promoted the record in America because they felt there were no singles in site.

However there are some great songs on the record. The title track is an AC/DC standout, while “Rising Power”, “Badlands”, “Guns for Hire” and “Bedlam in Belgium” are fantastic AC/DC songs. All in all, it’s a solid album that doesn’t sound as good as it could. But after waiting two years between records, hardcore fans of the band loved the record.

Awesome Totally Awesome - AC/DC Flick Of The Switch

This Band is on Fire

But it was a time of turmoil for the Australian hard rockers.

After recording drums for the album, Phil Rudd would get kicked out of the band, a victim of drugs and alcohol.

According to AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, Rudd had been struggling for some time; tour manager Ian Jeffrey recalls getting a phone call from a strung-out Rudd at four in the morning when the band was playing in Nebraska during the Back in Black tour and finding the drummer in his hotel room in a state of disorientated agitation. Eventually Rudd broke down crying and begged Jeffery “Don’t tell Malcolm.” Jeffery also told that Malcolm punched the drummer after he showed up two hours late for the band’s show at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and was unable to play the last song of the encore.

Simon Wright, who is not nearly as good a drummer as Rudd, was brought in and appears in the promotional videos for the album. He stayed with the band until Chris Slade joined in the 1989. Rudd then returned to the kit for 1995’s Ballbreaker album.

The band also cleaned more house, purging manager Peter Mensch as well as de facto photographer Robert Ellis.

It really was back to basics, even down to the album cover a pencil drawn rendering of Angus pulling a switch against a stark, white background. It’s a cover concept Atlantic Records apparently hated.

Awesome Totally Awesome - Freaks & Weirdos Boutique
ATA - DTK

Awesome Dropping

Santa Clarita Diet Season 1 Recap: The Undead Revival of Drew Barrymore(‘s Career)

When it comes to potential marital crises, none of your petty problems will ever compare to those of Sheila and Joel Hammond, the main characters of the Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet.
mexico city basilica

Radioactive Summer Part 2: The First 24 Hours in Mexico City

With a wild 36 hours behind the band in one of the most eclectic cities I had ever been to in Northern America, the Rays of Electromagnetic Radiation were on our way to Mexico City to continue our first international tour.
Awesome Totally Awesome - The 10 Presents Wrestling Tag Teams

The 10: Wrestling Tag Teams

When you think of wrestling, it's usually thoughts of an individual sport. But. Tag team wrestling has just as much to do with wrestling and history as any one wrestler.

Awesome Features

Grails - Photoshoot Featuring @ymanibarbee and @adore.eu in Streetwear Grails by Supreme and Diamond Supply Co. X Collabo NY

Ymani and Natalie looking fine in streetwear grails by Supreme and Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY.  Ymani is wearing a Supreme grail from 2008 (tags still on) featuring JFK and Jackie in 1963, just minutes before JFK was assassinated.  Natalie is wearing another grail: Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY's 2006 flipped Misfits skull logo with grills.
Awesome Totally Awesome - Supreme Box Hoodie Legit Check 101Four-Pins

Legit Check 101 Supreme: Box Logo Hoodies

The Supreme Box Logo (“BOGO”) Hoodie is one of the most iconic and sought Supreme pieces year in and year out. We’re here to provide you with a basic checklist that should apply to any BOGO Hoodie within the past 10 years.

Shut The Fuck Up Apple Cheddar Pie

This Awesome Totally Awesome recipe comes from Chef Vanessa Rosenspies formerly the head Pastry Chef at Model Milk one of Canada’s most celebrated restaurants in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Awesome Trending

Awesome Totally Awesome Coral Fang

The Album That Was Always There: The Distillers' Classic The Coral Fang Turns 15

October 2018 marked 15 years since the Distillers’ “The Coral Fang” debuted. For many Distillers fans, “The Coral Fang” will always maintain its legendary status.
Awesome Totally Awesome - Class of Seventy-Four

The 10 Presents: Wrestling's Doper

Class of Seventy Four loves wrestling...end quote. Despite the negative stigmatism attached to grown men watching a sport some have called a "soap opera", it still is probably the one thing in our creative process that excites us.

Malcolm Gladwell Sued by Shaq, Wallace, Jordan and Drummond

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, BEN WALLACE, DEANDRE JORDAN, AND ANDRE DRUMMOND filed a joint lawsuit in Federal District Court against author Malcolm Gladwell