AC/DC
Blow Up Your Video


1.5
very poor

Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
October 20th, 2005 | 67 replies | 11,422 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


2 of 3 thought this review was well written

OK, so even great bands have their feeble moments. It’s true that you can’t turn out a Ride The Lightning or a Piece Of Mind every time. But the qualitative slump that AC/DC suffered in the 80’s was just too extreme.

Everybody knows the story: in 1980, AC/DC release their megahit Back In Black, which immediately becomes one of the top-selling albums in rock history. Then the following year, the crash began with the dire For Those About To Rock…We Salute You. Their following albums had their moments, but failed to repeat the brilliance of their 70’s output. The final indignity was 1987’s Blow Up Your Video.

BUYV can be described as, purely and simply, the weakest AC/DC album. There are hardly any riffs to speak of – surprising in Angus Young! – the choruses are either predictable or dumb and the production is tinny (the Young Brothers wisely gave up producing their own work after this album). Like every other AC/DC album, this one has its moments, but the overall result is weak.

This album also marks the departure of excellent drummer Simon Wright, after having left his mark on this and the previous album. He would be replaced first by Baldy himself, Chris Slade, and then by a returning Phil Rudd. However, he remains my favorite AC/DC drummer, and he is sorely missed.

These are the tracks that compose the album:

1 – Heatseeker
This song became a minor AC/DC hit, appearing in their Live album and the respective video, but the fact is it’s not great. Sure, the riffing’s good, and so is the chorus, but for a band like AC/DC it’s just a bit too lackluster. The lyrics are about both sex and violence, and somewhere in the song Brian states that he needs «no life preserver». Ooookay, Mr.Johnson…however way you desire it… All in all, a good song, not great, and not up to par with other AC/DC opening tracks (Hell’s Bells, anyone?) (3/5)

2 – That’s The Way I Wanna Rock’n’Roll
Ooh yeah! Now this is more like it! The only song on this album that is interchangeable with any other AC/DC song, this one is kind of an homage to the 50’s, both musically and lyrically. The lyrics actually quote certain song titles from that era, such as Glory Hallelujah or Be-Bop-a-Lula, all set against a fast paced and hella catchy backdrop. Angus really lets rip with the solo, and overall this is by far the most satisfying song on the album, and arguably the only one worthy of a (5/5).

3 – Meanstreak
I used to be really into this song, and think it was one of AC/DC’s lost gems. Nowadays, I still think it’s a great song, but some of the magic has gone, so to speak. The lyrics are great and so is the up-and-down guitar and bass line, but this one is missing one of those massive crunchy rock’n’roll riffs this band usually delivers. Overall, a great song in the context of this album, but mediocre when pitted against the rest of the AC/DC roster. (4,5/5)

4 – Go Zone
Another one of the best choruses in here, but once again it’s missing a good riff. Also, like some of the other songs, it’s let down by the poor production: Brian’s vox sound too distant and the song is never allowed to shine. Together with That’s The Way… , this is probably the second best song on the album, but still a far cry from previous AC/DC filler efforts. Once again, a song that is only good in context.(4/5)

5 – Kissin’ Dynamite
Filler, pure and simple. So/so chorus, so/so, riff, but it never for once stands out or particularly grabs our attention. Not much to say about this one, it’s merely average and it will be rated as such. (2,5/5)

6 – Nick Of Time
Stronger riffing on this one, but perhaps the best feature here is the small fill behind the vocals on the chorus, when he says «Saved by…». Other than that, it’s just an average AC/DC track, which seems to be the pattern for this album. (2,5/5)

7 – Some Sin For Nuthin’
One of the two weakest tracks on this album. I like the way Brian sings the verses, but the entire song is a tad too average for its own good. The chorus is typical mid-80’s AC/DC, and the solo is as unmemorable as most on this album. Another unremarkable cut. (1,5/5)

8 – Ruff Stuff
Painful filler, among the worst AC/DC ever wrote. I won’t even describe this song, it’s too painful for me to even think of it. Let’s just say that it’s bad. Really bad. (0/5)

9 – Two’s Up
Surprisingly good song. Make no mistake, it’s still not a classic, but at least it’s better than the last five songs or so. Crunchy riffing makes one of its very few apparitions here, and the solo is good old fashioned AC/DC. It gets tiredsome fast, but it’s better than most of this album. (4/5)

10 – This Means War
The same can be said of this one. Moving along at a somewhat faster pace than the rest, it at least features a mildly memorable chorus and a ripping roaring solo. Nice way to finish a mediocre album. «….Means War!!» (3,5/5)

All in all, one for the fans and completists only.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
October 20th 2005



3243 Comments


Nice, review, could use a tracklisting *though you've probably already edited it*

Thor
October 20th 2005



10158 Comments


Glad to see that AC/DC gets a rating that they deserve. I personally can't stand this band.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Neoteric
October 20th 2005



3243 Comments


They are annoying to me personally.

Dead_Trench
October 20th 2005



159 Comments


I checked to find out the average because the final rating didn't seem to be high enough for the track by track ratings. It's like 2.8.

DownPaymentBlues78
October 20th 2005



278 Comments


actually, this album was released in 1988, and not self-produced. George Young and Harry Vanda produced this one, which was not as well produced as the work Vanda & Young did with AC/DC in the 70s (High Voltage, Dirty Deeds, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, If you want Blood).

Musically, it really makes for an enjoyable listen. I personally enjoyed Ruff Stuff very much. And of course Heatseeker and That's the way I wanna Rock N' Roll are always fun. Although I think this and Fly on the Wall has the most filler of any AC/DC album (Ballbreaker is up there in filler as well). The lyrics just werent the same after Bon died.

This album isn't for you non-fans of AC/DC, and it isn't even for the mainstream AC/DC fans. This is an album that real fans of the band and what they're all about should buy. The title of the album is basically them saying "screw MTV". Look at that, AC/DC had the right idea nearly 20 years ago.

masada
October 20th 2005



2733 Comments


Almost all of their 80s albums are atrocious.

Jawaharal
October 20th 2005



1832 Comments


Ac/Dc is teh suck

Rudd13
October 20th 2005



952 Comments


Hey....

Im present, thank you.

Jawaharal
October 20th 2005



1832 Comments


Hehe, forgot about you Rudd and your love for AC/DC

razorsedge
October 20th 2005



41 Comments


this is the worst acdc album. Only 2 good songs, thats the way i wanna rock n roll and heat seeker the rest are just pure filler. But like down payment blues said its only for hard core acdc fans. But atleast their next album would be a classic imo.

ReturnToRock
October 21st 2005



3448 Comments


Dead_Trench, if you notice i pumped up some of the song ratings in the context of the album. Most of the songs that get 4,5 or 4 on THIS album would be 2's on OTHER albums. Hence the song rating/album rating discrepancy.

masada
October 21st 2005



2733 Comments


I don't think it's an accurate depiction to rate songs within the context of the album.

ReturnToRock
October 21st 2005



3448 Comments


i like the songs on this album, but they are really not typical AC/DC songs. is all

DownPaymentBlues78
October 21st 2005



278 Comments


No, the worst AC/DC album is ballbreaker hands down, brians voice still has some bite to it on this album and the songwriting on ballbreaker is just average. At least this album rocks hard, and satisfies the real fans.

masada
October 21st 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=ac/dc fanboy]the songwriting on ballbreaker is just average[/quote] In reality, just about all of their songs post-Highway to Hell are average.

DownPaymentBlues78
October 21st 2005



278 Comments


well, back in black did a good job, but the main lyrical force behind AC/DC was Bon Scott.

Listen to Powerage, the lyrically strongest AC/DC album.

innerdark
October 21st 2005



749 Comments


[quote=rozorsedge]this is the worst acdc album[/quote]

no all their albums are teir worst ones





















































not kidding



i HATE ac/dc if you couldn't tell

Apathy
October 21st 2005



645 Comments


Oh, of course Blink-182 are FAR better.

innerdark
October 21st 2005



749 Comments


all depends on taste mazz

Apathy
October 21st 2005



645 Comments


Fine.


Ironically, I hate AC/DC.



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