AC/DC Reveal If They Hated Pearl Jam & Nirvana Success


Former AC/DC member Simon Wright discussed recording Fly On The Wall, and later dealing with the Grunge movement’s explosion with Pearl Jam and Nirvana in a new Talking Metal interview.

“Oh, yeah, it was a little overwhelming. We were in Switzerland for a start, in Montreux, where Deep Purple ‘Smoke On The Water’ happened, the casino burning down. It was a little bit surreal, to be honest with you. But we eventually got comfortable and started bashing down tracks and going over things and finetuning things. It was a great time. It wasn’t a pressured kind of time. The way they work is kind of relaxed and just getting on with things. And it was great. We were in a part of the casino which was a recording studio as well, and it was a huge round building. And the drums sounded massive in there. It was a great time.

“It’s a funny thing, the album ‘Fly On The Wall’. I get a lot of people that talk to me about it and say it’s kind of been overlooked and stuff. And I think when it did come out, it was the climate at the time. AC/DC had had ‘Back In Black’ and ‘For Those About To Rock’, which were massive albums, and I really honestly don’t think that you can keep up that, keep those albums like that coming out.

And grunge was rearing its head too — not that there was anything wrong with that. But I think the music climate was changing. The shows that we did on that tour, they were still selling out and doing really good. We were just getting on with things the way that the band did things. But I think it was difficult to keep that momentum up, with such massive-selling albums. But in the end, I think a lot of people came around to that album and have a liking for it. It’s a little bit different-sounding too, I think — the production changed; it wasn’t ‘Mutt’ Lange anymore. But I think it’s a good album.”

  • Gregory K. Koon

    The fuck is he talking about? Grunge wasn’t “rearing its head” back in 1985.

  • Fred Ely

    Yeah? I heard Blind Willie Johnson was furious about Temple of the Dog.

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    LOL. “AC/DC talk if they hated Nirvana and Pearl Jam” = Simon Wright casually saying something about grunge?
    Are you fucking serious?