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 Hard rock, acid rock, heavy metal
Length 34:21
Label Vertigo
Aztec Music
Producer Spencer Lee
Buffalo chronology
Buffalo (EP)
Only Want You for Your Body
Mother's Choice
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
I-94 Bar 6/5[2]

Only Want You for Your Body is the third album by 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" - 4:52
  2. "I'm Coming On" (Alvin Lee) (Ten Years After cover) - 3:39
  3. "Dune Messiah" - 4:32
  4. "Stay with Me" - 3:37
  5. "What's Going On" - 3:57
  6. "Kings Cross Ladies" - 7:27
  7. "United Nations" - 6:17
  8. "What's Going On" (single version)* - 3:20
  9. "United Nations" (live at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, April 1974 – recorded for ABC-TV program GTK)* - 7:50

* Bonus tracks on the 2005 Aztec Music reissue