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  • Trivia

    • In November 2007 Jimmy commenced his new role as radio host on the weekly Planet Rock radio show on Triple M.

    • Jimmy had successful open heart surgery in March 2007.

    • Jimmy's 2005 album, Double Happiness, debuted at #1 on the ARIAnet Albums Chart. This was his seventh album to do so.

    • Jimmy has been married to Jane Mahoney since 1983. They have four children together.

    • Jimmy's solo albums are as follows:
      2005 - Double Happiness
      2004 - Living Loud
      2003 - Soul Deeper: Live at The Basement
      2002 - Live (Unplugged) at The Chapel
      2002 - Double Jeopardy
      2001 - Raw
      2000 - Soul Deeper
      1996 - Love & Fear
      1996 - Barnes Hits Anthology
      1995 - Psyclone
      1993 - Flesh And Wood
      1993 - Heat
      1991 - Soul Deep
      1990 - Two Fires
      1987 - Barnstorming
      1987 - Freight Train Heart
      1985 - For the Working Class Man
      1984 - Bodyswerve

    • Jimmy is the Global Ambassador for 'Wildlife Warriors', which was established by the late Steve Irwin, and is dedicated to saving and conserving wildlife.

    • Jimmy released his first solo album, Bodyswerve, in 1985 which immediately went to #1 on the charts.

    • Jimmy has sung lead vocals on more number one albums in Australia than any other local or international artist.

    • Jimmy was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on the 23rd of October, 2005 in recognition of his solo career.

    • After INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence died in 1997, Jimmy performed with the band on an adhoc basis between 1999 and 2001.

    • Jimmy's songs Good Times and Laying Down The Law both featured in the movie The Lost Boys.

    • Cold Chisel broke up in 1984 when they agreed they weren't playing the best of music any more, and they didn't want to rip off their fans with another album. Their final tour of Australia was the largest concert ever undertaken by an Australian band. This record still stands over 20 years later.

    • Cold Chisel's first single Khe Sahn, was banned from commercial radio when it was released.

    • James' father was a featherweight boxing champion in Glasgow, Scotland.

    • Jimmy is the father of David Campbell. His brother is John Swan, lead singer of the band 'Swanee'.

    • Jimmy replaced Bon Scott (who joined AC/DC) as lead singer in the band 'Fraternity'.

    • Prior to becoming a solo artist, in 1973 Jimmy became lead singer of the band Cold Chisel, for more than 20 years. He was aged 16 and a half at the time.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy: (announcing his 2008 tour) I love playing pubs, but after heart surgery particularly, I wanted to start thinking about doing more quality gigs and less quantity. In a pub if you do more than two ballads in a set you hear (the audience) starting ... a fight or arguing with their wife, so you've got to keep their attention all the time. I think it's going to allow me a lot more scope for how I construct the set - I'll still be doing big slamming hits and lots of Chisel stuff, but at the same time I'll get to do some of the new album, and maybe some new songs that I'll write in the meantime.

    • Jimmy: (following the announcement he would host the "Planet Rock" radio show on Triple M) I am really excited to be taking the reigns of the new look "Planet Rock". It's all about the music for me, so I can promise it will be full of a great mix of old and new with a few personal stories thrown in.

    • Jimmy: This guy said I was one of about half a dozen people he's ever seen in the world who have taught themselves to sing like this. And so I get to the point where I can't speak because I use my vocal cords to speak, but I can still sing. So, um, you know, I just don't lose my voice. It's like a... My voice is like a Mack truck. It's hard to start and then you can't stop it.

    • Jimmy: (on meeting his wife, Jane, for the first time) I was...it was in Canberra, and I went to a hotel. We were doing a show in the evening called 'Pooled Resources', which was a tour with Icehouse and the Angels and the Mentals. It was a great, great thing. And we were in Canberra, and we were staying at this hotel, and in the afternoon everybody's friends were around at the hotel, everybody's sort of having something to eat, and the Angels were, you know, throwing frisbees around and all that. Jane knew some of the Angels...her and her friends knew some of the Angels, and they were there...

    • Jimmy: (on his ego while with Cold Chisel) I'm sure there was times I got carried away with it, but you know, I mean, that band was particularly good at keeping our feet on the ground. The band would jump on you first and foremost if I got too uppity. The other thing was that, you know, midway through Cold Chisel I started a family. And there's nothing like having a family to keep your feet on the ground. I mean, you can be a big rock star and all that sort of stuff, you know, have screaming fans, but you go home and you've gotta change shitty nappies, you know? It's pretty grounding, you know?

    • Jimmy: (on emigrating to Australia) My dad...you know, my dad was featherweight champion of Britain, and sort of when he finished... He was an amateur boxer. He didn't want to go professional because it was too corrupt and, you know, he wouldn't take dives and stuff. So when his career finished, it was sort of a big let-down for him. So he was this big sort of star in Scotland and, you know, after he finished boxing, it was sort of...we had to leave, you know? We had to start a new life.

    • Jimmy: (on his father's drinking) I think my dad always drank, really - he just trained hard when he was a boxer. You know, coming from Glasgow, it was that working-class Glasgow thing. Alcohol was pretty sort of prominent in the lifestyle, and it obviously affected lots of families. You know, there was lots of violence, lots of, you know... My mum and dad divorced pretty early in the piece. You know, it was a pretty horrific sort of...you know... When you look back at it, it was a pretty horrific childhood. At the time, we thought it was OK, you know? And we survived, you know? But it certainly had a lot of impact on all of us. You know, I mean, the ongoing effects are still being felt now.

    • Jimmy: This is the ARIAs. What am I getting dressed up for?

    • Jimmy: (on his karaoke DVD) I put it together for fun, basically. I've spent a lot of time in karaoke bars and I've heard people singing my songs with really crappy backing tracks, so I decided to let them use the real thing! The perfect way to have fun with it was to go to Toni [Pearen] at Australia's Funniest Home Videos and get a contest going so that people could send their videos in.