Fresh off the release of their fourth album More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, Melbourne-based The Smith Street Band pay homage to Aussie rock legends AC/DC in their new video for “Shine.”
Jumping on the back of a flatbed truck, The Smith Street Band took to the main street of their hometown of Footscray a few weeks back to shoot the video which emulates AC/DC’s iconic 70’s video for “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll).” Both the original and “Shine” were directed by the legendary Paul Drane.
“There aren’t many more iconic Australian music videos than the one for AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top.’ 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. 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. 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!”
— The Smith Street Band singer/guitarist Wil Wagner
You can watch the AC/DC video below.