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Digitally remastered European vinyl LP pressing of this 1986 release from the Australian Hard Rockers, reissued to coincide with their 2008 studio release and world tour. Nine tracks. Sony/BMG.

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  • The title track is basically the only “new” song on this album, other than the two instrumentals. If you are unaware this is the soundtrack to MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, the movie that was actually directed by Stephen King himself. The movie is the balls, man, if you’ve never seen it. King, notoriously a huge AC/DC fan himself contacted these guys to write a score for the movie that he was putting together at the time, and what evolved was the song WHO MADE WHO.
    PISSER! If you think about, this song probably contains the most thought provoking AC/DC lyrics that there ever were. It is based on the movie, which is about an evil spirit that brings machines to life (its sooo good, did I mention that yet?). The song in similar vein basically is about how one could believe machines are taking over but in the end we are human f’in beings for gods sake and how are machines gonna destroy us? WE RULE! WE RULE THE FOOD CHAIN! WE RULE THE FRIGGIN’ WORLD! Computers? Computers are fags. They ain’t got nothing! That goes for you too robots! By the way, the boys are IN the movie too, as themselves. They actually get killed by the demon (you gotta see the movie man!)

    As for this album, it rocks A TON! The only problem is that its all previously released songs from other albums… but hey, casual liteners no doubt will dig. Its like buying a greatest hits almost. The songs are mainly from the eighties (all excellent tracks though) except for RIDE ON, the only BON SCOTT track represented here from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (that happens to be MY favorite album, you should check THAT out.)

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • A decent album, released as a movie soundtrack, and including mostly previously released material. But, since most of it can be found elsewhere, there’s not really a good reason to own this one. Maybe if you REALLY like “Who Made Who”…

    Posted on March 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This was the “soundtrack” album for Stephen King’s classic turkey Maximum Overdrive, but sadly the emphasis was put on the songs. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. But I would have loved to hear Angus’s rockin’ guitar riffs from the movie as well. D.T. and Chase the Ace only wet the throat, but they don’t quench the thrist. Too bad.

    Posted on March 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • At first glance at the track list, it would appear that this disc is a small best-of/greatest hits package, but obviously that’s not the purpose of this album due to the absence of obligatory tracks like ‘Highway To Hell,’ ‘Back in Black,’ ‘Dirty Deeds,’ the list goes on. Actually, “Who Made Who” is the official soundtrack (minus Roger Miller’s ‘King of the Road’) to Stephen King’s 80s horror movie “Maximum Overdrive,” a film that has since become a minor cult classic about a day machines and other electronic devices begin to take over the world and kill their human inventors. The fact that someone like Stephen King chose AC/DC to supply the music to his deliciously tongue-in-cheek movie seems ironic, but it actually fits, and once you watch the film you’ll get it (he would do it again by using punk pioneers The Ramones for ‘Pet Sematary’).As for the music, the album contains only three then-unreleased songs, but the others are a neat sampler for those interested in material from the first few AC/DC albums with Brian Johnson, with one song from the Bon Scott era (‘Ride On’), which is a great song–one of the few, if not the only, sympathetic ballads in AC/DC’s catalog–but it’s not exactly the best song to use when introducing someone to Bon Scott’s contributions to the group, one of the many factors that dispell the “best of” label some put on the album. As for the three songs written for the film, the track ‘Who Made Who’ is surprisingly sincere, and slightly more restrained in its approach when compared to AC/DC’s signature sound. It’s hard to say what the lyrics are about; there are a few references to machines like video games and satellites, so they may relate to the film’s theme, but the rest is hard to figure out, but the song is a great one anyway, making it the best AC/DC song that’s not about women and/or booze (other good examples being ‘Spellbound,’ ‘Night of the Long Knives,’ ‘Let There Be Rock,’ ‘Back in Black,’ the rarity ‘Cold Hearted Man,’ and many others). The two instrumentals meanwhile, ‘D.T’ and ‘Chase the Ace’ both display infectious guitar hooks, and probably would have become two more AC/DC classics if lyrics and had been given to them.Apparently, some different versions and/or mixes were used in the film for some of the songs, and there were even a few brief guitar pieces used that are not present on the album, which would be great to have, but even so “Who Made Who” is a delightful album to own. And as usual, it’s fitting for fans to blare from their speakers, even if it’s an odds and ends collection.

    Posted on March 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • AC/DC’s 1986 release entitled “Who Made Who” is actually the music from the soundtrack “Maximim Overdrive” written by Stephen King. The entire soundtrack’s music was provided by AC/DC which was ideal for this movie,which was about machines taking over, hence depicted in the song “Who Made Who”. There are some excellent rocker’s here pulled from the various AC/DC catalog (the several exceptions being the title song “Who Made Who”, “D.T.” and “Chase The Ace” which made their debut on this album) such as “Hells Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” (from Back In Black), “Sink The Pink” and “Shake Your Foundations” (from Fly On The Wall),”Ride On” (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)and “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” (from the album For Those About To Rock…). I purchased this cd just for the three above mentioned songs “Who Made Who”, “D.T.” and “Chase The Ace”, the last two are … kicking instrumental rockers and are unique to this album (or cd in this case). Those of you who remember watching “Maximum Overdrive” will instantly have flashbacks when hearing these three songs. The song “Who Made Who” opens the movie with an awesome car collision due to a drawbridge opening on it’s own as cars are lined up on top. Total chaos erupts as the bridge opens and cars crash into one another and a motorcylist and car plunge into the river below. Also, the song “Chase The Ace” is played during a a car chase scene where a Mack truck driving with no one at the wheel, continues to rear end a newlywed couple’s car until the truck ends up going over an embankment and going up in flames. “D.T.” is played as a young boy rides his bike down a neighborhood street and sprinklers and a lawnmower seem to have a mind of their own and go on for no apparent reason. This newly remastered cd is ten times better than it’s non-remastered version, with the volume increased, the mid-range and bottom end pumped up as well. The digipack that houses the cd is attractive and there’s also a fifteen page booklet enclosed that has information about the soundtrack “Maximum Overdrive”, the making of “Who Made Who” and color photos of the band. This is a must have for all AC/DC lovers and fans of 80’s rock. Highly Recommended!

    Posted on March 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now