Only Want You For Your Body

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Only Want You For Your Body
Studio album by Buffalo
Released June 1974
Recorded United Sound, Sydney, 1974
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Label Vertigo
Aztec Music
Producer Spencer Lee
Buffalo chronology
Buffalo (EP)
Only Want You For Your Body
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Only Want You For Your Body is the third album for Australian proto-metal band Buffalo, recorded and originally released in 1974 on the Vertigo label. A far more structured and polished release than the previous album Volcanic Rock, Only Want You For Your Body was conversely a much harder and heavier release. Buffalo had abandoned the progressive and psychedelic elements of their style, in favour of a more straightforward, modernistic approach to heavy metal. On the basis of this album, Buffalo were perhaps one of the earliest acts to develop heavy metal music away from its blues-rock origins – with some passing similarities to future metal acts later in the decade, such as those in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene. The album even bizarrely contains a precursor to the death growl on the outro to the track "What's Going On".

Buffalo courted controversy again with their album artwork – the cover depicting a half-naked obese woman tied to a torture rack. Adding further fuel to accusations of misogyny was the shift in lyrical emphasis towards sex, in particular the tracks "I'm a Skirt Lifter, Not a Shirt Raiser" and "Kings Cross Ladies". This also marked a shift towards street-level oriented lyrics – an approach that would be later adopted by compatriot hard rock acts including AC/DC, The Angels and Rose Tattoo.

The album was remastered and reissued in November 2005 by Australian record label Aztec Music on CD with additional tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dave Tice and John Baxter, unless noted

  1. I'm a Skirt Lifter, Not a Shirt Raiser
  2. I'm Coming On (Alvin Lee) – (Ten Years After cover)
  3. Dune Messiah
  4. Stay With Me
  5. What's Going On
  6. Kings Cross Ladies
  7. United Nations
  8. What's Going On (single version)*
  9. United Nations (live at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, April 1974 – recorded for ABC-TV program GTK)*

* Bonus tracks on the 2005 Aztec Music reissue

Line up[edit]

Dave Ticelead vocals
Peter Wellsbass
John Baxterguitar
Jimmy Economoudrums