At the time of writing, AC/DC’s “Who Made Who” is 31 years old… but who cares?! This is my blog and I will say whatever I want to! Besides, it was my first ever AC/DC record, both in LP and seven-inch single formats, so all the more reason for me to say a few words on this album, which served as the soundtrack to Stephen King’s film, “Maximum Overdrive.” Angus Young says that Stephen King really hated the title song when he first heard it! However, he later humorously quoted the song in one of his novels. Although the band never released a greatest hits album, it is both this one and the soundtrack to the movie “Iron Man 2” that come close, though that one is much more comprehensive and varied. This album was recorded in the Bahamas, but whatever you do, don’t expect to hear anything remotely Caribbean from these guys! Here’s what I’ve got to say about each song:
Who Made Who: What better way to kick off an AC/DC album than with some booming drum beats from Simon Wright, a bluesy guitar riff from Angus Young and of course some killer lead vocals from Brian Johnson? He shrieks: “The video game said play me!” Even though it was 1986 and it was most likely just a reference to the film that they were recording music for, that lyric almost seems like a premonition now that computers have become such a part of everyday life. Brian’s vocals in the chorus are almost like a freight train coming straight for you: “Who made who? Who made you? Ain’t nobody told you…. who turned the screw?” The way this song fades out is also really cool. Unfortunately the band eventually stopped performing it in concert.
You Shook Me All Night Long: One of the most recognised “Accadacca” songs in their entire catalogue, which still receives major airplay to this day on classic radio stations. Though the band released this as a single in 1986 to coincide with the album, it was already featured on “Back In Black” six years earlier. Of course there’s plenty of sexual innuendo in the lyrics, in particular the “told me to come” lyric that always stands out in everybody’s mind and has been discussed so many times over. The song still rocks, though and always will.
D.T.: The first instrumental piece on the album, which probably serves more as an interlude than anything else. It’s still a hard rocking piece of music with Simon Wright pounding away on his drum kit and of course Angus Young rocking out on Guitar. About a minute and fifty-five seconds in, it gets really quiet before it leads to some of the softest guitar riffs that Angus has possibly ever laid down. But then while it’s fading out, it begins to get louder! Surely this would’ve been a tease to all of the big Accadacca fans out there. On another note: What does D.T. even stand for? Perhaps one day that will be revealed.
Sink The Pink: As we all know, Brian Johnson and the boys from AC/DC are all big Snooker fans. What was that? This song is NOT about playing Snooker?! Shock horror! No, seriously, it’s just another hard rocking song that’s clearly a metaphor for sex. What else could they possibly mean by “Sink The Pink” and all this other talk of a woman “going down” who’s going to “rough you up… spit you out, count your days”? This song was originally featured on their previous album, “Fly On The Wall.” Brian’s vocals had some kind of reverb affect on them on that version, but here he’s sounding a bit clearer… yet his vocals are still a little difficult to make out. Just as well there was a lyrics sheet included with that previous album, then.
Ride On: The sole inclusion from the Bon Scott era features some very introspective lyrics from the man himself: “I’m lonely… I’m not too old to cry. One of these days I’m going to change my evil ways.” Unfortunately that was not meant to be. This song was originally featured on the “Dirty Deeds” album and was quite possibly about as close as the band ever came to recording a ballad. It’s quite blues influenced, as AC/DC themselves always had been. “Ride On” closed Side One of the “Who Made Who” LP and cassette. Of course, on the CD, it just faded into the next song, which is, of course…..
Hells Bells: Shouldn’t there be an apostrophe after the word, “Hell”? At any rate, this one kicked off the “Back In Black” album in 1980, so it makes sense that it was featured directly after a Bon Scott song on this particular album. Essentially it’s another great hard rocking tune, which is still a fan favourite at their live shows, complete with Brian Johnson swinging from a huge bell. Interestingly, it features the line, “You’re only young but you’re gonna die.” Should we really be analysing AC/DC’s lyrics? Just play this one LOUD, OK?!
Shake Your Foundations: The second and final inclusion from “Fly On The Wall,” which originally had a slightly different, slightly longer introduction with much more drums in it. Again, Brian’s vocals don’t have that reverb on them in this version. At the end of the day, though…. this song is just another good old slice of Hard Rock ’N’ Roll. Undoubtably perfect for head-banging. The chorus is infectious, though! Even if it’s just “AYE, AYE oh, Shake your foundations! Shake it to the floor!” A bit of Scottish lingo, there for the Glaswegians in the band.. AYE.
Chase The Ace: One more instrumental piece for the road. Loads of mean, rocking guitar riffs and killer drum fills…. just like an AC/DC song oughta be. Although, this one is a little more frantic than “D.T.” Perfect chase music for a film.
For Those About To Rock (We Salute You): The original opening cut for the album of the same name has since become the closing song for all of their live shows. Given that it begins with the line: “Stand up and be counted for what you are about to receive,” it seems to work much better as an opener. Seeing as how it’s subtitled, “We Salute You,” they may’ve thought it could also work as a closer, hence its inclusion here. Still, it’s another one of the classics in the AC/DC catalogue. Hmmmm…. “Pick up your balls and load up your cannon.” No sexual pun intended… we think.
Verdict: Yes, there are only nine songs on this album. However, that was standard back in 1986 when this album was first released in the good old days of vinyl records, which is the perfect format to experience the “Who Made Who” album, as it is here that all of AC/DC’s music truly comes alive. Play it LOUD and tick off your neighbours, cuz AC/DC ROCK!!