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OriginLondon, England
GenresNew wave
Years active1982–1985
LabelsRCA, Sanctuary, Sony BMG
Past membersRob Marche
Dave Collard
Chris Bostock
Sean McLusky
Dig Wayne

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, under the name Buzz Wayne, had previously fronted the New York-based rockabilly band Buzz and the Flyers.


The band's debut single, "Boxerbeat", peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart.[1] while the group were the opening act on the Madness 'Rise and Fall' tour.[2] At Nos 1 and 2 respectively were David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Duran Duran.[3]

However, it was their next hit, "Just Got Lucky", that broke the band internationally. This single also sold over 250,000 copies, made the UK Top 10, and cracked the U.S. Top 40, reaching #36 during November 1983[1] and has been featured in a number of movies including Just My Luck and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.[4]

The third single, "Johnny Friendly", is a homage to the Marlon Brando movie On The Waterfront. British boxer Frank Bruno appeared in the promotional video for the song.[5]

"Jealous Love"/"She's Got Sex" was released as a double A-side. "Jealous Love" was performed on the UK TV show Loose Talk introduced by the actress Diana Dors in one of her last TV appearances,[6] while "She's Got Sex" was covered on Samantha Fox's double platinum selling album Touch Me (as "He's Got Sex").[7]

JoBoxers' debut album, Like Gangbusters, featuring all of the abovementioned hits, reached the Top 20 of the UK Albums Chart.[1]

The band released another single, "Is This Really The First Time", and a second album Skin and Bone in 1985, but then split up during the making of a third album, with McLusky joining Marche and Paul Wells in the indie-dance band called If? and Bostock joining David A Stewart to form his post-Eurythmics group, The Spiritual Cowboys[8][9] achieving two Gold albums in France.

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.

Later activities[edit]

Chris Bostock performed bass on The Style Council's debut album Cafe Bleu.[10][11]

Rob Marche went on to form Earl Brutus in 1993.

In 2012, the debut album Like Gangbusters was re-released.

Wayne has returned to his music roots and fronts the band Dig Wayne and the Chisellers. Also a guitarist and drummer, Wayne has toured both America and Europe with his band. Wayne also appeared in the sixth episode of season 8 of CSI, "Who and What", playing a pawn shop owner.

Dave Collard joined The The and performed on Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993) as well as on The The Versus The World world tour.

Song connections[edit]



Compilation albums[edit]

  • 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)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 284. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Reed, John (2010). House of Fun - The Story of Madness. London: Omnibus Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-1-84772-619-3.
  3. ^ Shnee, Stephen. "An EXCLUSIVE Interview with JOBOXERS!". Discussions. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ The Internet Movie Database. "Just Got Lucky". Soundtrack to The 40-Year-Old-Virgin. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ JoBoxers Official. "Johnny Friendly". Promo with Frank Bruno. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ "JoBoxers, Frank Bruno and Diana Dors". The '80s Empire. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ Sam Fox Official. "Albums". Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys". Musicians. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  9. ^ Stewart, Dave (2016). Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music. New York: New American Library. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-698-41104-3.
  10. ^ Reed, John. (2005). Paul Weller: My Ever Changing Moods, London: Omnibus Press; 4th Revised edition, p.46 ISBN 9780711954953;
  11. ^ Snowball, Ian. (2017). Paul Weller - Sounds from the Studio, Great Britain: Red Planet Publishing, pp.190-191, ISBN 978-1-9113-4639-5;

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