ON THIS DATE (26 YEARS AGO)
May 24, 1986 – AC/DC: Who Made Who is released.
# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5
# Allmusic 3/5 stars
Who Made Who is a hard rock album by Australian band AC/DC, released in 1986 as the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie Maximum Overdrive. Who Made Who reached #11 in the UK and #33 in the US, and has sold five million copies in the US. It was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC remasters series.
For those unfamiliar with the boiled-down boogie of this veteran Australian hard rock outfit, Who Made Who will serve as a telling introduction. The album was shuffled out as a soundtrack to a minor mid-’80s movie called “Maximum Overdrive.” Despite its pre-packaged feel, it contains some of the group’s finer moments of power chord glory. Certainly, “You Shook Me All Night Long” is as catchy a hard rock song as you’re likely to hear and perhaps the band’s definitive moment. With an absolutely crunching double guitar riff, vocalist Brian Johnson screeches some the band’s best adolescent lust fueled couplets.
The new material is strong as well, notably the title track, a sturdy single in its own right that went on to become a live staple. Oddly, the album is not merely a greatest hits package as there are obscure and oft-forgotten numbers included as well. “Sink the Pink,” from the minor Fly on the Wall album is present, as is the out of character “Ride On.” The latter, recorded in 1976, is a restrained blues. It’s undoubtedly the quietest selection here and quite possibly the most reflective moment in the band’s entire catalogue.
by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic
On paper, Who Made Who is just a cheap soundtrack to a cheap movie (Stephen King’s disastrous Maximum Overdrive), but it’s actually much more than that. It serves as a ripping AC/DC retrospective, tearing through such classics as “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “For Those About to Rock,” adding the pounding title track to the band’s canon, and rescuing overlooked songs like “Sink the Pink” from otherwise mediocre albums. It’s not a perfect retrospective — there’s no “Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” or “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” — but what is here is terrific.
All songs written and composed by Malcolm Young, Angus Young and Brian Johnson, except where noted.
1 Who Made Who 3:27
2 You Shook Me All Night Long 3:30
3 D.T. (Instrumental) (M. Young, A. Young) 2:53
4 Sink the Pink 4:13
5 Ride On (M. Young, A. Young, Bon Scott) 5:51
6 Hells Bells 5:12
7 Shake Your Foundations 3:53
8 Chase the Ace (Instrumental) (M. Young, A. Young) 3:01
9 For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) 5:53