78 18284 Blow Up Your Video
Produced by Harry Vanda and George Young
Released on February 1988
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #15 . . . PLATINUM RECORD (4/29/88)
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78 18284 cover  

L ittle blows against the video metal empire maybe, but not the cumback that everyone expected. It didn’t stop folks from snatching up copies of the latest AC/DC disc, a brand loyalty the band had earned with remarkably consistent product. Blow Up Your Video delivers the goods again: double-entendres double-dealt, salacious wisdom wrapped in remarkably tight hooks, the kind of stuff that makes you stand an inch taller. AC/DC won’t win a Pulitzer Peace Prize for songs like “Go Zone” or “Ruff Stuff,” but they clearly have no intention of going peacefully into the pages of history. And that’s the strange thing about them; their refusal to grow up is what makes them so appealing. They could make complicated music if they wanted to, but there’s an animal instinct at work on riffs like “Two’s Up” and “Nick of Time” that resonates with my inner monkey. Of course, the lyrics are just awful, complete with obligatory eye roll. If another band had written this music, I’d be giving you an earfull. But this is AC/DC and I expect their lyrics to read like the wall of a public men’s room. In fact, they’re probably aiming for the same demographic as Coors Light; maybe they should combine their market research. (“Would you drink Coors Light in a 16-oz can if Brian Johnson wore a different hat?”) While it falls shy of a complete return to form, Blow Up Your Video is a step in the right direction. Harry Vanda and George Young understand the band’s strengths and play them up in the mix, wringing the most from otherwise average material. It’s not one of the first five AC/DC albums you need to own, but it’s not as bad as it looks either.

78 18284 picture sleeve
78 18284 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HEATSEEKER    3:43
  2. THAT'S THE WAY I WANNA ROCK N ROLL    3:43
  3. MEANSTREAK    4:10
  4. GO ZONE    4:25
  5. KISSIN' DYNAMITE    4:02
  6. NICK OF TIME    4:17
  7. SOME SIN FOR NUTHIN'    4:13
  8. RUFF STUFF    4:02
  9. TWO'S UP    5:19
  10. THIS MEANS WAR    4:23

    All songs written by Malcom Young/Angus Young/Brian Johnson

CREDITS

BRIAN JOHNSON --
CLIFF WILLIAMS --
SIMON WRIGHT --
ANGUS YOUNG --
MALCOLM YOUNG --
Tom Swift -- engineer
Bill Smith Studio -- design
Gered Mankowitz -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
AUS'L 1988 Albert Productions LP APLP072  
UK February 1988 Atlantic LP/CS WX144/C picture sleeve
US February 1988 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 81828 picture sleeve
BRA 1988 Atlantic LP 6704103  
CAN 1988 Atlantic CS 78 18284  
CZE   Atlantic LP 1105777  
GER 1988 Atlantic LP 781 828-1 picture sleeve
JPN 1988 Atlantic LP P-13634 picture sleeve, lyric insert
YUG 1988 Jugoton LP LSAT71045  
AUS'L 1995 Albert/EMI CD 477094  
EEC June 26, 2003 Sony CD 510770 digital remaster
US   Sony CD/CS 80212 digital remaster

 

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