Boys in Town

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"Boys in Town"
Single by Divinyls
from the album Monkey Grip and Desperate
B-side "Only You"
Released September 1981
Format 7" Single
Recorded 1981
Genre Pub rock, new wave
Length 2:50
Label WEA
Songwriter(s) Christina Amphlett
Mark McEntee
Jeremy Paul
Producer(s) Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee
Divinyls singles chronology
"Boys in Town"
"Science Fiction"
"Boys in Town"
"Science Fiction"

"Boys in Town" is the debut single by Australian rock band Divinyls, released in 1981. The song was written in 1979 and used in the 1982 film Monkey Grip and was first released on the soundtrack to the movie, along with several other Divinyls tracks written and recorded for the film including the single's b-side "Only You". The song was also included on the international version of the Divinyls debut studio album Desperate in 1983. "Boys in Town" became a success in Australia where it entered the top ten, peaking at number eight.


Divinyls formed in 1980 fronted by lead singer Christina Amphlett. After scoring several gigs in pubs and clubs, they were discovered by Australian director Ken Cameron, who was in the midst of making the movie Monkey Grip based on the novel of the same name by Helen Garner. This discovery led Divinyls to providing the entire soundtrack for the film and also offered Amphlett a supporting role playing a temperamental rock singer based on herself. The song "Boys in Town" was released from the soundtrack as the band's debut single and garnered commercial success when it charted in the top ten on the Australian singles chart. It was the first song that Amphlett and McEntee had written together.[1]

When Divinyls released their debut studio album Desperate in 1983, four of the songs from the Monkey Grip soundtrack were also included, in particular "Boys in Town". However, on the Australian release of Desperate, "Boys in Town" and the other songs previously seen on Monkey Grip were omitted. "Boys in Town" was also released in Canada as part of the K-tel compilation album entitled "Rock '83". [2]

Track listing[edit]

Australian 7" single
  1. "Boys in Town" - 2:50
  2. "Only You" - 2:48


Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart[3] 8


  1. ^ Tracee Hutchison (1992). Your Name's On The Door. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Enterprises. p. 23. ISBN 0-7333-0115-0. 
  2. ^ "K Tel International: Sweet Music For A Frenetic Marketer". 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 91. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 

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