Remastered and re-released to coincide with his new autobiography, this 1985 collection saw Bob Clearmountain rework seven songs from Barnes’ solo debut, Bodyswerve, and Barnsey record five new tracks.
With songs such as American Heartbeat and references to Elvis and Uncle Sam, Barnesy was clearly striving to crack America, and it remains baffling why it didn’t work (the album peaked at 109 in the US, and Working Class Man stalled at 74 on the singles chart). But it cemented Barnesy’s place at home as a working class hero. And the bonus DVD, Live At The Playroom 1984, shows him in full flight.
For The Working Class Man is out now via Bloodlines/Mushroom.