The Smith Street Band Recreate AC/DC’s Iconic ‘Long Way To The Top’ Clip For New Single
Written by Emmy Mack on 29th May, 2017
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In a ballsy move, The Smith Street Band have recruited the dude who directed AC/DC‘s iconic AF music video for ‘Long Way To The Top’ — you know, the one where Angus Young, Bon Scott & co. delivered an impromptu concert while cruising through Melbourne on the back of a flatbed truck — for their latest single ‘Shine’.
The new guard of the Victorian capital’s most in-vogue homegrown guitar music have released the clip as a reverent nod to Australia’s greatest ever rock n’ roll band, setting up shop on the back of a lorry and drifting down the main street of Footscray blasting their new choon (shoutout to Bendigo Bank and the Discount Chemist yew!).
OG director and living legend Paul Drane was at the helm of the vid, which even includes a bagpipe cameo from The Go Set’s drummer Lachlan McSwain (because you can’t have an Acca Dacca homage without pipes, der).
“There aren’t many more iconic Australian music videos than the one for AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top’!” proclaims Smith Street frontman Wil Wagner.
“The footage of the band driving down Swanston St on the back of a flatbed truck to the delight and bemusement of passing pedestrians is such a nostalgic and wonderful image. We’ve talked a lot about recreating that music video and after living in and falling in love with Footscray for the last few years we found the perfect place to do it!
“But what we didn’t expect was to get to work with the one and only Paul Drane who not only directed the famous AC/DC film clip but has also worked with basically every Aussie band worth their salt!” he continues.
“So with a lot of help from our friends and the local council we set up our stuff on the back of a truck and drove through Footscray playing our song ‘Shine’. It was a fun, funny and surreal day that was perfectly captured by Paul and his team in this clip!”
‘Shine’ is lifted off Smith Street’s recently released fourth album More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me,. Check out their new clip (alongside the OG) below.