31 Years Ago: AC/DC Shook Us All Night Long With The Release Of "Who Made Who"

May 24, 2017

What do Stephen King and AC/DC have in common? 31 years ago, AC/DC released Who Made Who as the soundtrack to King's film Maximum Overdrive on May 24th, 1986. It was the first massively successful album since they released For Those About to Rock We Salute You in 1981, especially with hits like "Who Made Who," "Hells Bells," and "You Shook Me All Night Long."

During the '80s, bands were expected to roll out knockout albums almost every year, and when AC/DC released Flick of the Switch in 1983 and Fly on the Wall in 1985, the supposed lack of inspiration in both albums made it appear that the band was starting to lose their punch, despite both records going platinum.

It was around this time when AC/DC was asked to record the soundtrack to the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive, an offer they capitalized on tremendously. Though the film's plot of man vs. machine earned itself a couple of Razzie nominations for "Worst Actor" and "Worst Director," the film was outshined by its hard rocking, amplified soundtrack, currently standing at quintuple platinum status. 

As part of the album's promotion, AC/DC also put out a VHS tape of music videos for "Who Made Who," "You Shook Me All Night Long," "Shake Your Foundations," "Hells Benns" and a live concert video of "For Those About To Rock," which was filmed at their 1983 show in Detroit, MI. By 1988, the tape itself had reached Gold status.

(source: Loudwire)