That time I asked Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson what their fave tunes were on Flick of the Switch

By Steve Newton

I’ve been reading Mick Wall’s 2012 book about AC/DC, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be, and today I got to the part about the band recording 1983’s Flick of the Switch, which the author reckons is AC/DC’s worst album ever.

I will admit it’s no Powerage, but hey–the title track is pretty damn rockin’.

And it is AC/DC, after all, so it’s still better than 90 percent of the shite that passes for rock and roll these days.

At any rate, reading Wall’s writing got me thinking about that time I sat around on a hotel room floor with Mal and Bri and their new drummer Simon on October 10, 1983, the day before the group kicked off its Flick of the Switch Tour in Vancouver.

At one point in the interview I asked the lads what their personal favourite tunes were on the new album. When Simon Wright picks his fave, Brian Johnson makes a joke, but I can’t tell what it is through his thick Geordie accent. Maybe you can help me out.

Have a listen:


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