AC/DC
Who Made Who


1.5
very poor

Review

by NickGrouwen USER (9 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who Made This?

It's 1986 and heavy metal and hair rock are enjoying mainstream success. Even a ton of established bands at this point would, ahem, 'adjust' their sound the current musical climate, to some extent. Judas Priest with 'Turbo' has flat-out sold out to the masses, and while it is kind of an enjoyable album from time to time, the band is musically unrecognizable at this point. Scorpions with 'Savage Amusement', which is cheese cheese cheese. Ozzy with 'Ultimate Sin', but that album has decent songwriting and for the most part avoids the usual cliches of sex and women and partying. Deep Purple with 'House of Blue Light', but that album is still Deep Purple sound-wise. Still, from here on it would get worse.

It was a period of selloutery. Sell out is the word, and that is what most bands did.

But not AC/DC. No way. Or would they? Well, kinda yes and mostly no.

Who Made Who is a compilation album, which served as the soundtrack to some cheesy 80s horror movie, which I haven't seen because 99% of 80s movies suck, and from what I've heard I'd better not ever try it out.

Let's go over it track-by-track, as in, let's just review the one new song:
- Who Made Who: An extremely weird AC/DC song.
First of all, the drum sound. It sounds like they were TOTALLY going for that weak, muddy, washed in reverb 80s arena rock drum sound, but in the worst possible way. It almost sounds like it was programmed with some cheap made-in-China drum computer. So when I first heard the drums I wuz liek wuuuut. Phil Rudd would've never ever allowed this, his hard hitting presence is sorely missed during this time.
Then comes the simplest three chord Malcolm riff ever (obviously Malcolm, it's so basic my 5 yo niece played the same thing when I first put a guitar in her hand, having never even heard the song before). But hey, it kinda works.
Then comes Brian with some pretty sweet vocal melodies, more melodic and focused rather than the usual loosey bluesy stuff he was sh*tting out.
Then comes this kinda lame riff by Angus, which sounds like he's trying too hard to write a speed metal hammer on and pull off-type of riff (though the notes are picked). It just doesn't sound right.
Then comes one of the lamest AC/DC choruses in history. The hair metal influence is getting obvious here. It almost sounds like a hard rock/power ballad hybrid from here on. And then, of course in typical Angus hypocrite fashion, the guy who likened EVH to a wanky guitar player at the time (later praising him, though), does two handed tapping for the first time in his career. Can you say: "MAN THAT IS EIGHTIIIIIES!"
That is the icing on the cake, and makes Who Made Who one of the most un-AC/DC songs in history. The ending riff is kinda retarded too. I have no idea why so many people like this song. The only one that somewhat saves this song is Brian, hats off man.

AC/DC's popularity was dwindling at this point, what with the weak albums they were putting out at this time (Flick and Fly, Flick I don't like, Fly I like half of the album) and the popularity of hair metal throughout the US. Sure, they were still playing arenas, but that was most likely because they were still riding on the success of Back In Black, however, that success wouldn't last forever and if they didn't do anything about, it might not have been a pretty ending.
So it's no wonder they slapped 'You Shook Me All Night Long' on this disc, because it was probably their biggest hit at the time, and reissuing it would be a smart move to revive mainstream interest in the band, even though it's kinda sellout-ish and it shows that the band needed to fall back on BIB's success to get things going again. Well, Who Made Who ended up selling 5 million copies in the US alone, so go figure. I myself wouldn't have rewarded the band for this POS.

Also, the newly made music video for that single would be the first (along with the song Who Made Who) of the few signs of hair metal influences that AC/DC would show in the mid-80s to the early 90s. I negatively hate that video. But it did get them a new audience once again, this time consisting of hair metal fans, most likely.

Overall, I don't have much to say about Who Made Who. It's a filler release and a half assed compilation album and probably a psuedo-greatest hits (Iron Man 2 is a much better compilation with an excellent track selection). Can't see why the band did this, although it's probably easier to blame the record label, as always. The one new song is sh*t and the instrumentals, well, I don't care for instrumentals, I'm a song guy, so there you go.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012


12163 Comments


AC/DC made this.

Animus
November 27th 2012


70 Comments


>gives 1.5
>talks about one song

Gwyn.
November 27th 2012


15122 Comments


^Well they only have one song repeated over and over so...

Animus
November 27th 2012


70 Comments


Oh
Fuck no

WhiteNoise
November 27th 2012


3166 Comments


You do know angus young just plays chuck berry licks through giant Marshall stacks right? :P

SitarHero
November 27th 2012


4678 Comments


">gives 1.5
>talks about one song"

QFMFT.

NickGrouwen
November 27th 2012


80 Comments


@Exhorder Who Made Who didn't revolutionize jack sh*t, it just plain sucks. Their revolutionary stuff is anything between T.N.T. and Back In Black.

I didn't forget nothing, I acknowledge Angus Young's influence, he is one of my favorite guitar players. It's just that the lick in this song is one of his worst imo. He would write way better ones, like the one in 'The Razors Edge'

BaseballJames
November 27th 2012


376 Comments


"So when I first heard the drums I wuz liek wuuuut."

Ugh

ChopSuey
November 27th 2012


2392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lebron Bryant

Kobe James

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


16026 Comments


not heard, dont want to, early ac/dc is fun though

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PsychicChris
November 27th 2012


211 Comments


I do think the compilation idea was a little pointless but the new songs on here are pretty nifty. The title track is pretty underrated and I do like the instrumentals are pretty cool personally.

ThunderNeutral21
November 27th 2012


3864 Comments


horrid band

manosg
November 27th 2012


6133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're on the Highway to Hell my friend. No way AC/DC deserves a 1.5. No way, never...

Digging: John Coltrane - Ballads

demigod!
November 27th 2012


44557 Comments


who made you

Digging: Fugazi - Repeater

americanohno
November 27th 2012


1601 Comments


Automatic neg for this comment:
"which I haven't seen because 99% of 80s movies suck"

First off you're fucking wrong. Secondly you're fucking wrong.

Also of note this was the soundtrack to the film "Maximum Overdrive" which I believe is the only film Stephen King ever directed.

I've never seen this movie but it contains this scene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K44PqV2Idk&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dmaximum%2Boverdrive%26oq%3Dmaximum%2Boverd%26gs_l%3Dyoutube.3.0.0l10.258.5197.0.7543.13.9.0.4.4.0.583.1491.1j7j5-1.9.0...0.0...1ac.1.Il32Ua9FCaU&has_verified=1

so there.

Mad.
November 27th 2012


3865 Comments


That video... made my life...

DominionMM1
November 27th 2012


9988 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

emilio estevez m/

tommygun
November 27th 2012


24954 Comments


bad band

terrible review

neg

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


16026 Comments


oh timmy

tommygun
November 27th 2012


24954 Comments


w gh o



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