2019 finds Jimmy Barnes older, smarter, healthier, and for his forthcoming album My Criminal Record, he has distilled and expanded upon his two best-selling memoirs to create 13 pieces of burning, heartland rock & roll. It will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves standing on the outside, looking in.
And you won’t find a better example of the newfound subtlety and strength in Jimmy’s voice on My Criminal Record than on ‘Shutting Down Our Town’, which was written by Troy Cassar-Daley especially for Barnes, after Troy finished reading Working Class Boy.
Jimmy inhabits the song as fully as he inhabited the place he grew up in.
“Everything I knew was back there on those streets
Every lesson learned kept me on my feet
But I can’t help thinking of the ones I left behind”
“It’s about Elizabeth,” Jimmy says, referring to his childhood suburb, very much on the wrong side of the tracks in North Adelaide. “I changed a couple of words just because of local knowledge, but it was 99.999% Troy’s song, and he played it to me and I immediately felt the connection.”
“I drove through Elizabeth not long after I heard the song, and I felt a pain in my heart for the people there who are battling, trying to make a living when everything is stacked up against them.
“It’s sort of a heartland ‘Working Class Man’ anthem, but ‘Working Class Man’ was written by an American [Jonathan Cain]. This was written by somebody who feels the pain, and who’s writing about the darker side of Australia which I never wanted to face before. So it’s like the bookend to ‘Working Class Man’, but for me, it’s the real story.”
Jimmy is singing maybe better than he ever has. He explains that he is better in touch with the emotions in the songs, and better able to express them as a result. The raw power and volume is still there, but it’s modulated by a new self-knowledge and sensitivity.
“Now, I know why I’m singing it. I know why I’m feeling it. I know why I have to get it out now, and writing the books helped me identify it. I still sing about the same things, but now I know exactly what I’m singing about.”
My Criminal Record is Jimmy’s seventeenth solo studio album, and his first rock album since 2010’s Rage And Ruin. The album was written by Jimmy, with significant assistance from his oldest sparring partner, Cold Chisel’s Don Walker, whose name appears on six of the tracks. Outstanding contributions also come from close friends Troy Cassar-Daley, Mark Lizotte (aka Diesel), and The Living End’s Chris Cheney.
Jimmy Barnes My Criminal Record
Album out 31 May 2019 through Bloodlines
Available to pre-order here
My Criminal Record tracklist:
1. My Criminal Record
2. Shutting Down Our Town
3. I’m In A Bad Mood
4. Stolen Car (The Road’s on Fire) [Pt. I]
5. My Demon (God Help Me)
6. Working Class Hero
7. Belvedere And Cigarettes
8. I Won’t Let You Down
10. Money And Class
11. Stolen Car (The Road’s On Fire) [Pt. 2]
12. If Time Is On My Side
13. Tougher Than The Rest
14. Reckless Beauty – Deluxe Edition only
15. Waitin’ On A Plane – Deluxe Edition only
16. Tougher Than The Rest
(Alternate Mix) – Deluxe Edition only
17. I’m In A Bad Mood (Bob Clearmountain Mix) – Deluxe Edition only
Five Aussie rock legends, who together represent the sound and spirit of Australian music, are joining forces and hitting the road next February for a very special one-off show. The event will see Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Ian Moss, Diesel, Mental As Anything share the stage on Sunday 11 February 2018 at McCabe Park in Wollongong.
Jimmy Barnes is the heart and soul of Aussie Rock ‘n Roll. Jimmy is an icon and has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity and much loved songs including Working Class Man, Flame Trees and Lay Down Your Guns.
Daryl Braithwaite will be hitting up the stage with one of the country’s most loved anthems, The Horses, followed by Ian Moss, Diesel and Mental As Anything.
Audiences can expect a day jam packed with classic hits and it will certainly be one concert to remember.
CALLINAN RECEIVES AN ARIA AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST VIDEO FOR ‘S.A.D.’ – VIEW HERE
Kirin J Callinan’s music video for ‘Big Enough’, directed by Danny Cohen and featuring an incredible vocal performance and guest appearance from Jimmy Barnes, has become the subject of the latest and greatest memes!
Fans have been enthusiastically uploading their takes on the video, lead by a cowboy-style Callinan and a deity-like Barnes! It also features artists Alex Cameron and Molly Lewis. For an amazing array of memes, check out the links below.
The activity around these memes has seen the video hit more than 1 million views, with a massive leap of 400,000 plus views in the last week! It’s also driven strong action at Spotify, with ‘Big Enough’ now Kirin’s most streamed song on Spotify. Stream HERE.
Callinan has also received a nomination for Video Of The Year for ‘S.A.D.’, also directed by Danny Cohen, the epic clip shot entirely on location in Cuba. It caps off a stellar year for this phenomenal artist and his ‘Bravado’ album release, which has received an array of glowing reviews. He has toured the globe extensively over the last four months, just winding up a massive European tour.
“a 10-track pop record that will satisfy your ears/heart/mind for years” – 4/5 stars – Herald Sun
“The year’s most successful pop oddity…….one of the most addictive and affecting pop records of the year” – The FADER
“it’s still melodramatic and impassioned, but it’s also floaty, approachable” – SPIN
“…there is a real craftsman at work here. You can’t fool us, KJC — you’re an artist, even when appearing to take the piss.” – 4/5 stars – Album of the Week – The Music
“This is Callinan’s dance record, filled with typically wry lyrics, amusing cameos – Jimmy Barnes lends his howl to “Big Enough” – and Callinan’s cool cronies (he counts Connan Mockasin, Weyes Blood and Jorge Elbrecht among his friends and fans)” – Rolling Stone
“Bravado is an entirely new beast in itself – an epic, grandiose affair, teeming with infectious ‘80s new wave synth pop, glimmering ‘90s EDM and an extensive roll call of guests.”– 9.5/10 stars – Album of the Week – Beat Magazine
“What Bravado never is, however, is remotely boring – which is to be expected since Callinan is a man who revels in getting a reaction.” – The Guardian
“Out-fuckin’-standing.” – Pedestrian
“Our favourite video clip of the entire year, or maybe even the decade, as he’s roped in the legendary Jimmy Barnes to appear in seriously epic fashion.” – Tone Deaf