AC/DC remained a popular concert draw throughout the '80s, although such albums as Flick of the Switch and Fly on the Wall failed to replicate their mass U.S. commercial success of 1980-1981 (Back in Black, For Those About to Rock, a reissue of Dirty Deeds). But the successful soundtrack for Stephen King's lackluster movie Maximum Overdrive, titled Who Made Who, put AC/DC back on the right track commercially. Their first new studio album of all-new material in three years, 1988's Blow Up Your Video turned out to be their most successful album since 1981's For Those About To Rock, even though it was chock full of filler. The driving album opener, "Heatseeker," turned out to be a surprising Top Ten single in the U.K., while the anthemic "That's the Way I Want to Rock n' Roll" proved to be another highlight (video clips were filmed for both songs, as well). But from there on (with the exception of "Kissin' Dynamite" and "This Means War"), it gets pretty unfocused. The album is glutted with such throwaways as "Nick of Time," "Ruff Stuff," and "Two's Up" -- completely missing the point of what made such previous albums as Back in Black so great (they simply did not contain a weak moment). Blow Up Your Video also marked the return of AC/DC's early production team, Harry Vanda and George Young, who man the boards for the first time since 1978's If You Want Blood.
Performance CreditsAC/DC Primary Artist
Brian Johnson Vocals
Cliff Williams Bass,Group Member
Angus Young Guitar
Malcolm Young Guitar
Simon Wright Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsBrian Johnson Contributor
Tom Swift Engineer
Harry Vanda Producer
Angus Young Contributor
Malcolm Young Contributor
Gered Mankowitz Original Photography
George Bodnar Original Photography
Alan Di Perna Liner Notes
George Young Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Blow Up Your Video based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The first album I heard and it got me hooked to their music. Been a fan ever since. Heatseeker is literally in your face and TNT, yeah! The Young boys and company have done even better since then and are among the richest acts today, but you aren't a true High Voltage ACDC fan if you haven’t got this one.
It's a shame no one has reviewed this album yet. Although it wasn't one of their best sellers, it still retained that good time rock 'n roll attitude. Take 'Heatseeker', for example-it is a straight forward, no-nonsense bullet of a tune. 'Nick Of Time' is not filler it has a great hook in the chorus, as well as a propulsive, driving sound throughout. 'This Means War' shows that AC/DC can play fast and rhythmic at the same time, while some bands have little or no rhythm at any speed. 'Ruff Stuff' is signature AC/DC, with it's staccato infected groove, as well as a surprisingly melodic bridge and chorus. While some of the material doesn't stand as strong as others, overall this is still a great rock album.
I just listened to this CD for the first time in at least 10 years and was pleasently surprised. Although there is no standout song, the album as a whole ranks right up there with Back in Black and Highway to Hell. There is some great guitar work by Angus on this album. It's a shame that it's not a better known album. If you like AC/DC, you'll like this CD.