Citigroup (once Salomon Smith Barney) in Sydney used to have the biggest and best Christmas parties.
Picture this: a balmy Sydney night and the investment banking clients and the whole 30ish Sydney investment banking crowd converge on a warehouse on the docks. Girls in bikinis serve champagne to blokes in suits with no ties and that dishevelled look you get when you have drunk too much.
There is always a band. A big name band – but the identity is kept secret until about 10.30pm when the act comes on.
One year it was Jimmy Barnes. That might not mean anything to an American – but he is the iconic aging rock-and-roller here. His original band (Cold Chisel) sang the Vietnam song that still gets everyone singing around a party (Khe Sanh). But in his solo career his biggest hit was a song called "Working Class Man".
My single most enduring memory of the bull market is a thousand drunk investment bankers howling at that song and the top of their voice:
"well I’m a working class manoh ma ma . . . . . . . I tell you I'm a working class man".
You can enjoy Barnsey belting it all out again courtesy of You Tube.