AC/DC show off their “Family Jewels” (DVD) (2005)

AC/DC released Family Jewels on March 28, 2005. The compilation DVD includes music videos, live clips and promotional videos from 1975 to 1991. The first DVD focuses on the Bon Scott era (1975–1980), whereas the second DVD lays focus on the Brian Johnson era (1980–1991).

There is some fantastic footage on this release such as the live performances of Sin City on ABC’s The Midnight Special on 6 September 1978 or Girls Got Rhythm on TVE1’s Aplauso on 9 February 1980. Nevertheless, my all-time favourite videos of AC/DC is the Fly on the Wall home video from 1985; also contained on this DVD.

The 5-track home video tells the story of a ‘typical’ night out at a smokey club, where AC/DC performs. The night starts slow but gets busier – and more dangerous – with every song, until all hell breaks loose. But I don’t want to spoil the ending for you. You should watch it yourself. The tracklist for the Fly on the Wall home video consists of Fly on the Wall, Danger, Sink the Pink, Stand Up, and Shake Your Foundations. I used to own the VHS to said home video, but I watched countless times, which affected the quality of the audio track. Because of that, I was extremely happy to see that magnificent piece of music history being included on Family Jewels.

Being an 80s kid who grew up listening to AC/DC’s Bon Scott era catalogue after having discovered the greatness of the band’s 1988 release Blow Up Your Video and having seen the MTV premiere of Thunderstruck, Family Jewels includes all the nostalgia I could wish for. I can highly recommend this DVD to all you nostalgic AC/DC fans who enjoyed the 80s and 90s as much as I did.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer