|Studio album by|
|Released||10 September 1984|
|Studio||Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney|
|Producer||Jimmy Barnes, Mark Opitz|
|Jimmy Barnes chronology|
|Singles from Bodyswerve|
Bodyswerve was the debut solo album by former Cold Chisel vocalist Jimmy Barnes. The album was released in on 10 September 1984 and went to No. 1 on the Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It contained 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."
Assembling the band
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".
All tracks composed by Jimmy Barnes; except where indicated
- "Promise Me You'll Call"
- "No Second Prize"
- "Boys Cry Out for War"
- "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke)
- "Thick Skinned" (Barnes, Ray Arnott)
- "Piece of My Heart" (Jerry Ragovoy, Bert Berns)
- "Fire" (Eastick)
- "World's on Fire" (Barnes, Richard Clapton, Eastick, Howe, Arnott, Stockley)
- Lead vocals: Jimmy Barnes
- Guitars: Mal Eastick, Chris Stockley, Jimmy Barnes
- Bass: Bruce Howe
- Drums: Ray Arnott
- Keyboards: Steve Hill
- Backing vocals: Renée Geyer, Venetta Fields, Shauna Jenson
- Mandolin: Chris Stockley
- Bagpipes: Viv Riley, Barry Gray
|1984||Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart||1|
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. 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. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
- Stuart Coupe (29 November 1987). "Barnsie steams in". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 169.
- Jimmy Barnes (2017). Working Class Man. HarperCollins. pp. 260–262. ISBN 978-1460752142.