Farnesy and Barnesy Together on Stage

Title:
Farnesy and Barnesy Together on Stage
NFSA ID:
668634
Year:
1992
Courtesy:
Network Ten
Category:
Access fees

In 1991, two legends of the Australian music industry – Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham – joined forces to record a cover of the Sam & Dave soul classic, 'When Something is Wrong With My Baby'.

The song featured on Jimmy Barnes' album Soul Deep and peaked at number 3 on the ARIA charts that year. In this short excerpt from the John Farnham's 25th Anniversary television special, broadcast the following year, Jimmy talks about how the two singers got together, despite having come from very different musical backgrounds.

What is immediately surprising in this clip is how well Farnesy and Barnesy's vocals work together, especially given Jimmy Barnes' distinctive singing style. It's a delight hearing how the duet came about. While Jimmy tells the story, the superimposition of John performing the song provides a suitable visual reminder.