For the Working Class Man

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For the Working Class Man
Australian version
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1985
GenreHard rock
ProducerMark Opitz, Jonathan Cain, Gary Gersh, Chas Sanford
Jimmy Barnes chronology
For the Working Class Man
Freight Train Heart
Singles from For the Working Class Man
  1. "I'd Die to Be with You Tonight"
    Released: 26 August 1985[1]
  2. "Working Class Man"
    Released: November 1985
  3. "Ride the Night Away"
    Released: February 1986
Jimmy Barnes / A Week Away from Paradise
American version
Professional ratings
Review scores

For the Working Class Man is the second studio album by former Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes, released in December 1985. The album consists of five original tracks and seven remixed tracks that had previously been released on Barnes' 1984 debut album Bodyswerve.


For the Working Class Man (re-titled Jimmy Barnes for the international market—after the original title of A Week Away from Paradise was scrapped—with a slightly altered track listing and different cover artwork) was specifically geared toward securing Barnes a break into the American music market by Geffen. The new material found on the album was recorded in New York and Los Angeles with a variety of high-profile American producers, session musicians, and outside songwriters. Journey's Jonathan Cain contributed, produced and performed on two tracks, "Working Class Man" (which has since become Barnes' signature song as a solo artist after being featured in the Ron Howard film Gung Ho) and "American Heartbeat", Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band co-wrote "Ride the Night Away", Chas Sandford penned "I'd Die to Be with You Tonight" and "Without Your Love" was co-written with former Rainbow keyboardist Tony Carey.

In 2010 the album was remastered and reissued under the title "For the Working Class Man 25" under license to Liberation Music for Australia and New Zealand. This reissue has the same songs in the same order as the original release, however, four of the tracks ("I'd Die to Be with You Tonight", "Ride the Night Away", "Working Class Man" and "No Second Prize") were extensively reworked in 2009 by David Nicholas (for DNA Productions) resulting in significantly different track lengths. The album cover of the reissue is derived from the original Australian version; the most significant differences being the addition of an outer black square framing border, a bold black number "25" in the lower left hand corner while the main photograph has an (apparently) deeper red saturation.[4]

In October 2010, For the Working Class Man, was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[5]

As of 2012, For the Working Class Man has sold more than 500,000 copies (7 x Platinum) in Barnes' native Australia.

In October 2017, a two disc "Commemorative Edition" of the album was released; the first disc contains the original album remastered by Don Bartley, the second disc (a DVD) contains a live performance from 1984. This release coincided with the release of Barnes' memoir 'Working Class Man', as well as his spoken word tour of the same name, starting in 2018.[6]

Track listing[edit]

For the Working Class Man[edit]

Side one
1."I'd Die to Be with You Tonight"Chas Sandford4:02
2."Ride the Night Away"Steven Van Zandt, Steve Jordan4:26
3."American Heartbeat"Jonathan Cain4:10
Side two
1."Working Class Man"Cain3:33
2."Without Your Love"Jimmy Barnes, Tony Carey4:28
Side three
1."No Second Prize"Barnes3:42
3."Promise Me You'll Call"Barnes3:33
4."Boys Cry Out for War"Barnes3:58
Side four
2."Thickskinned"Barnes, Ray Arnott3:30

Jimmy Barnes / A Week Away from Paradise[edit]

Side one
1."No Second Prize"Barnes3:42
2."I'd Die to Be with You Tonight"Sandford4:02
3."Working Class Man"Cain3:33
4."Promise Me You'll Call"Barnes3:33
5."Boys Cry Out for War"Barnes3:58
Side two
2."Without Your Love"Barnes, Carey4:28
3."American Heartbeat"Cain4:10
4."Thickskinned"Barnes, Arnott3:30
5."Ride the Night Away"Van Zandt, Jordan4:26



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] 7× Platinum 490,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Platinum 15,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kent Music Report No 581 – 26 August 1985 > Singles: New Releases". Kent Music Report. Retrieved 30 December 2020 – via
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jimmy Barnes". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  3. ^ Dickson, Dave (26 June 1986). "Jimmy Barnes 'A Week Away from Paradise'". Kerrang!. Vol. 123. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Jimmy Barnes – For The Working Class Man 25". Discogs. Retrieved 14 November 2015. Liberation Music – LMCD0076
  5. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  6. ^ Jimmy Barnes announces Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs national tour
  7. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ " – Jimmy Barnes – For The Working Class Man". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Barnes Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  10. ^ " – Jimmy Barnes – For The Working Class Man". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Top Selling Albums of 1986 — The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recorded Music New Zealand. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  13. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Jimmy Barnes – For the Working Class Man". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 18 October 2021.