On September 21, 1990, "The Razors Edge", "AC/DC's" 12th studio album, was released.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the album:
1. After a period in which "AC/DC" failed to produce successful albums, this album returned the band to its relevance and the popularity it gained during the 70s and early 80s.
2. 3 singles were released from the album: "Thunderstruck", "Moneytalks", and "Are You Ready", all of them managed to reach worthy places on the American Billboard charts. In addition, the album includes several unforgettable songs such as: "Fire Your Guns", "Mistress for Christmas" and of course the theme song - "The Razors Edge".
3. The album itself reached 2nd place on the American charts and 4th place in the UK.
4. The album sold about 8 million copies worldwide, of which 5 million were in the US alone. It is still ranked fourth in terms of sales figures among "AC/DC" albums, after "Back In Black", "Highway To Hell" and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".
5. Before the recordings, drummer Simon Wright left the band and went to work on the album "Lock Up the Wolves" by "Dio". He was replaced by Chris Slade, known among others for his membership in the bands "The Firm" and "Manfred Mann's Earth Band".
6. Singer Brian Johnson hardly contributed to the album because he was busy with divorce proceedings at the time. Although in the past Brian wrote the lyrics for the most part, while brothers Angus Young and Malcolm Young wrote the music, on this album the Young brothers wrote both lyrics and music.
7. The album's producer was Bruce Fairbairn who produced, among others, the album "Slippery When Wet" by "Bon Jovi" and the albums "Permanent Vacation" and "Pump" by "Aerosmith".
8. The song "Thunderstruck" started as an improvisation by Angus Young while practicing his guitar playing. He played the improvisation to Malcolm Young who was immediately enthusiastic and gave the song its great rhythm. Angus said that the idea for the song came from a thunderstorm he experienced during a flight.
9. To promote the song "Moneytalks", the band released dollar bills bearing the image of Angus Young instead of that of George Washington. This is the band's single that reached the highest place on the American Billboard 100 chart.
10. The album's title and the song "The Razors Edge" came from a saying of farmers in England, who used to call the moment when a sunny day with blue skies turns into a storm with black clouds "The Razors Edge".