The first time the band Accept appeared on MTV back in 1983, creator Mike Judge had Beavis and Butthead critique their video Balls To The Wall.
The two animated teenage dumb-asses literally tore the video to pieces and in a Metal Hammer Magazine interview, Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann commented on how Beavis and Butthead thought Balls To The Wall SUCKED.
“At the time I just thought it was a pretty good song, but the more we played it, we slowly but surely realized it was the winning song of the whole lot. It caused a lot of attention. We got a new record deal after that and Balls To The Wall even appeared on Beavis And Butthead. They didn’t like the video and they took a piss on it, but that was fine. It was an honor! Being on MTV was a big deal in those days.”
Watch below the time Beavis and Butthead ripped Accept a new one.
Beavis and Butthead Balls To The Wall Accept
Hoffmann went on to say that the song only took a few minutes to write.
“When we write songs, 99.9% of the time we start with the music. But in this case, we just had that phrase, ‘balls to the wall’. It was noted by my wife, and our manager back then, Gaby, who wrote the lyrics and was responsible for album covers and songtitles. ‘Balls to the wall’ sounded cool, so we decided we needed to write a song with that title. I was sitting at home and suddenly I came up with the riff and the chorus. That was it. It took five minutes. I wrote it at home, put it on a tape and brought it to the guys at the rehearsal room and it took maybe another 15 minutes to completely work it out.”
Balls To The Wall Meaning:
To use maximum effort, energy, and or speed, and without any caution or restraint. The phrase originated as an early aviation term, referring to the throttle levers of military aircraft of the time which have rounded balls on top being pushed to their maximum limit (i.e., to the bulkhead, or “the wall” as it were).
Huhuhu, Vintage Heavy Metal said “cockpit”.
Despite the horrible review by Beavis and Butthead, Balls To The Wall is still loved by metalheads till this day.
Accept has kept the song in their live show setlist throughout the years.
“We’ve played it at every single Accept show since we wrote it. It’s always there, and it’s always the last song. Numerous times I’ve been blown away by the response. It’s been with us for so long and it’s lasted for more than a generation. People still love it. It’s one of those songs, it’s just so simple and easy to play. It’s no challenge, so when we rehearse we usually skip it, ha ha ha! We don’t need to rehearse it, we know it! But it’s one of the best songs to play live. You forget about everything, the audience kicks in and it’s amazing. The audience always goes nuts, and that’s why it’s still so much fun to play.” -- Wolf Hoffmann
Accept -- Balls to the Wall (Official Video)
Footnote; Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge improvised most of the dialogue during the music video scenes. Judge was voicing virtually all of the characters on the show and was one of just a handful of people who made up the writing staff. Mike opted to add to his workload by pretty much winging it when it came to Beavis and Butthead’s taste-making opinions on music. Time was saved on the animation for the music video commentaries by having an editor take footage from earlier episodes and sync it up with new mouth positions. So, the animated ass-wipes may have in fact thought the video RULED, but Mike Judge had a show to put out and had little time from MTV to produce each segment.