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Studio album by
Released10 September 1984
StudioRhinoceros Studios, Sydney
GenreHard rock
ProducerJimmy Barnes, Mark Opitz
Jimmy Barnes chronology
For the Working Class Man
Singles from Bodyswerve
  1. "No Second Prize"
    Released: August 1984
  2. "Promise Me You'll Call"
    Released: November 1984
  3. "Daylight"
    Released: January 1985

Bodyswerve is the debut solo album by former Cold Chisel vocalist Jimmy Barnes. The album was released on 10 September 1984 and went to No. 1 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[1] It contains covers of tracks by Sam Cooke and Janis Joplin. "No Second Prize" was the album's first single.


"No Second Prize" was originally demoed by Cold Chisel but never recorded by them. It was written in 1980 as a tribute to Chisel roadies Alan Dallow and Billy Rowe, who died in a truck crash. "Daylight" was also originally a Cold Chisel song. That band's version later appeared on the 1994 album Teenage Love. A version of this song was also used in a TV commercial promoting milk. "Vision", "Daylight", "No Second Prize", "Promise Me You'll Call" and "Thick Skinned" were all remixed for inclusion on 1985's For the Working Class Man. The album title is a football term for a feint.

Barnes later said, "One of the reasons my first album was so rough was that I was jumping in the deep end. I didn't have a clue, but I thought that was the best way to go."[2]

Assembling the band[edit]

For his first solo recording, Barnes said he wanted people he felt "safe with". Drummer Ray Arnott had recorded with Barnes on Cold Chisel's final album, Twentieth Century. Bruce Howe had been a bass player with Fraternity that Barnes had sung with for a short time in 1975. Barnes said, "As far as I could tell, Bruce only played upstrokes, so his sound was very aggressive." Mal Eastick had played with Stars. Seeking a second guitarist to make the band more "hard rock", Barnes chose ex-Dingoes guitarist Chris Stockley, who played, "old-style rock, like Little Richard and Gene Vincent".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jimmy Barnes; except where indicated

  1. "Vision"
  2. "Daylight"
  3. "Promise Me You'll Call"
  4. "No Second Prize"
  5. "Boys Cry Out for War"
  6. "Paradise"
  7. "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke)
  8. "Thick Skinned" (Barnes, Ray Arnott)
  9. "Piece of My Heart" (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns)
  10. "Fire" (Eastick)
  11. "World's on Fire" (Barnes, Richard Clapton, Eastick, Howe, Arnott, Stockley)


  • Jimmy Barnes - lead vocals
  • Mal Eastick, Chris Stockley, Jimmy Barnes[4] - guitar
  • Bruce Howe - bass
  • Ray Arnott - drums
  • Steve Hill - keyboards
  • Renée Geyer, Venetta Fields, Shauna Jenson - backing vocals
  • Chris Stockley - mandolin
  • Viv Riley, Barry Gray - bagpipe

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1984 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[1] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988.
  2. ^ Stuart Coupe (29 November 1987). "Barnsie steams in". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 169.
  3. ^ Jimmy Barnes (2017). Working Class Man. HarperCollins. pp. 260–262. ISBN 978-1460752142.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Barnes – Bodyswerve (1984, Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 16 May 2021.