remain reluctant to anthologize their music in anything resembling a greatest-hits collection but they’re perfectly willing to repackage those old tunes as soundtracks, whether it’s in the form of Who Made Who
for Stephen King’
s sleazo exploitation Maximum Overdrive or in the mega-blockbuster Iron Man 2. Who Made Who
had an appealing low-rent quality, but Iron Man 2
is a big-budget collection of oft-played AC/DC
staples. A bunch of biggies are here -- “Back in Black,” “If You Want Blood (You've Got It),” “Let There Be Rock,” “Highway to Hell,” “T.N.T.” -- but just as many are missing, replaced by aggro album tracks. Macho is the name of the game here, with all the band’s cheerfully dirty ditties -- “Big Balls,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “You Shook Me All Night Long,” etc -- being kept by the wayside, which does make sense for a soundtrack for a film that favors explosions over Scarlett Johansson
in form-fitting leather. And so be it -- this is good guts-and-guitar music.