With the upcoming Australian election Jimmy Barnes has released a timely reminder about the death of the Australian car industry by Tony Abbott with ‘Shutting Down Our Town’.
Abbott killed off the car industry when Holden shut its doors. The company that started as a saddle maker in South Australia in 1856 and became the largest car manufacturer in the 1900s could not survive the Liberal Party mismanagement of the Australian economy.
Jimmy Barnes video for ‘Shutting Down Our Town’ portrays historical footage of Holden in Adelaide and the families that were fed as a result of the car industry.\
‘Shutting Down Our Town’ was written for Jimmy by Troy Cassar-Daley.
“I drove through Elizabeth not long after I heard the song, and I felt a pain in y heart for the people who are battling, trying to make a living when everything is stacked up against them.”
Jimmy calls the song “the bookend to ‘Working Class Man’.
‘Shutting Down Our Town’ will feature on Jimmy’s new album ‘My Criminal Record’, out 31 May, 2019.