New York, United States
|Genres||New wave, pop rock, soul|
|Labels||RCA, Sanctuary, Sony BMG|
|Past members||Rob Marche
JoBoxers was a predominantly British new wave group formed in 1982, when former Subway Sect members Rob Marche (guitarist), Dave Collard (keyboardist), Chris Bostock (bassist), and Sean McLusky (drummer) teamed up with American singer Dig Wayne (born Timothy Wayne Ball, 20 July 1958, Cambridge, Ohio). Wayne had previously fronted the New York based punkabilly band, Buzz and the Flyers as Buzz Wayne.
The band's debut single, "Boxerbeat" found success in Britain, peaking at number three in the UK Singles Chart. However, it was their next hit, "Just Got Lucky," that truly broke the band internationally. This single also sold 250,000 copies, made the UK Top 10, and cracked the U.S. Top 40. It remains the band's only American top-40 hit to date, and the group are often branded as one-hit wonders in the U.S.
Subsequent singles "Johnny Friendly" and "Jealous Love" did less well. JoBoxers' debut album, Like Gangbusters, featuring all of the abovementioned hits, reached the Top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. The band released another single "Is This Really The First Time" and a second album Skin and Bone in 1985, but then split up, with McLusky joining Marche and Paul Wells in the indie-dance band called If? and Bostock joining Dave Stewart's post-Eurythmics group, The Spiritual Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Wayne remained in London and briefly attempted a solo career, releasing the album Square Business in 1987, featuring fellow former JoBoxer Dave Collard on keyboards. One single, "Mastermind" was released from this album. After his solo efforts proved unsuccessful, Wayne began pursuing an acting career. He would go on to appear in several stage productions (including a starring role in the successful West End musical Five Guys Named Moe) in the UK. In 1995, he returned to the U.S., settling in Los Angeles, California, to continue pursuing his acting/television career.
In 2012, the debut album Like Gangbusters was re-released.
- "Just Got Lucky" was featured in the films: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, and Just My Luck starring Lindsay Lohan.
- Like Gangbusters (RCA, 1983) UK No. 18
- Skin and Bone (RCA, 1985)
- Like Gangbusters (Expanded Edition) (Hot Shot Records, 2012)
- Doing The Boxerbeat - The Anthology (Sanctuary, 2003)
- Essential Boxerbeat (Sony BMG, 2006) (originally released in 1996)
- "Boxerbeat" (RCA, 1983) UK No. 3
- "Just Got Lucky" (RCA, 1983) UK No. 7, US No. 36
- "Johnny Friendly" (RCA, 1983) UK No. 31
- "Jealous Love" (RCA, 1983) UK No. 72
- "Is This Really The First Time" (RCA, 1985)