Who Made Who
|Who Made Who|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||24 May 1986|
|Producer||Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Harry Vanda, George Young, Angus Young, Malcolm Young|
|Singles from Who Made Who|
Who Made Who is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. Released on 24 May 1986, the album is the soundtrack to the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive. The album was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series.
Three tracks on the album – "Who Made Who" and the instrumentals "D.T." and "Chase the Ace" – were newly written and recorded by AC/DC for the album. The remaining tracks were previously released by the band. Only one song, "Ride On", features previous lead vocalist Bon Scott, who died in 1980. All others feature his replacement, Brian Johnson.
Along with the album, the band released a 73-minute videotape, which contained music videos for the songs "Who Made Who", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Shake Your Foundations" (remixed), "Hells Bells", and footage from a live performance of "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)", which was filmed in Detroit in 1983.
The video for the title track, directed by David Mallet, was recorded at the Brixton Academy in London and features a theme of countless clones of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. According to the book AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, these clones consisted of hundreds of fans who came from all over the UK, many of whom slept in the freezing cold in front of Brixton Academy for the opportunity to take part. This group was made up of approximately 300 members of the band's British fan club as well as others who had simply heard about the event on the radio.
The song "Who Made Who" was written for the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive, where the theme was around machines that came alive and begin killing people. The lyrics follow the idea of the gadgets and devices created by mankind coming to rule over human beings instead of the other way around; the irony where humans become subservient to the technology they created.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||6/10|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The song "Who Made Who" became the band's most successful single in years, reaching No. 16 in the UK and No. 33 in the US. It was also voted second best track of 1986 by the readers of Hit Parader magazine. Following this, a re-issue of "You Shook Me All Night Long" was released from the album, peaking at #46 in the UK. The album has sold five million copies in the US. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic calls the album "a ripping AC/DC retrospective" and applauds the band "rescuing songs like 'Sink the Pink' from otherwise mediocre albums."
|1.||"Who Made Who"||3:27|
|2.||"You Shook Me All Night Long" (from Back in Black)||3:30|
|3.||"D.T." (instrumental)||M. Young, A. Young||2:53|
|4.||"Sink the Pink" (from Fly on the Wall)||4:13|
|5.||"Ride On" (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)||M. Young, A. Young, Bon Scott||5:51|
|6.||"Hells Bells" (from Back in Black)||5:12|
|7.||"Shake Your Foundations" (from Fly on the Wall)||3:53|
|8.||"Chase the Ace" (instrumental)||M. Young, A. Young||3:01|
|9.||"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" (from For Those About to Rock We Salute You)||5:53|
A VHS titled "Who Made Who" was also released to support the album.
- "Who Made Who"
- "You Shook Me All Night Long" (alternate version, filmed in 1986 specifically to promote the "Who Made Who" album)
- "Shake Your Foundations"
- "Hells Bells"
- "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" [Joe Louis Arena, Detroit - November 1983]
- All five videos were re-released as part of the Family Jewels DVD set.
- Brian Johnson - lead vocals
- Angus Young - lead guitar
- Malcolm Young - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Cliff Williams - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Simon Wright - drums
- Bon Scott - lead vocals on "Ride On"
- Phil Rudd - drums on "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Ride On", "Hells Bells" and "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"
- Mark Evans - bass guitar and backing vocals on "Ride On"
|Australia (ARIA)||5× Platinum||350,000^|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000|
|United States (RIAA)||5× Platinum||5,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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