Like Gangbusters

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Like Gangbusters
Studio album by JoBoxers
Released 1983
Recorded 1982/1983
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 41:59
Label RCA
Producer Alan Shacklock
JoBoxers chronology
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Singles from
Like Gangbusters
  1. "Boxerbeat"
    Released: March 1983
  2. "Just Got Lucky"
    Released: May 1983
  3. "Johnny Friendly"
    Released: August 1983
  4. "Jealous Love/She's Got Sex"
    Released: October 1983

Like Gangbusters is the first studio album by British new wave band JoBoxers, first released in 1983[1] and featuring five chart singles.

The first single "Boxerbeat", the group's anthem, worked its way up the UK charts while the group were the opening act on the Madness 'Rise and Fall' tour,[2] reaching number three. It was kept off the top slot by David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Duran Duran.[3]

Their next single, "Just Got Lucky", became an international hit. This single 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 films including Just My Luck and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.[4]

The third single "Johnny Friendly" is a homage to the Marlon Brando film 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]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Boxerbeat" 3:03
2. "Crosstown Walkup" 3:02
3. "Fully Booked" 3:22
4. "Not My Night" 2:28
5. "Just Got Lucky" 4:45
6. "She's Got Sex" 2:59
7. "Curious George" 3:22
8. "Hide Nor Hair" 3:13
9. "Crime of Passion" 2:46
10. "Johnny Friendly" 5:05
2012 Special edition bonus tracks (Hot Shot Records release)
No. Title Length
11. "Jealous Love (12" Version)" 4:11
12. "Boxerbeat (Single Version)" 2:55
13. "Just Got Lucky (Single Version)" 3:44
14. "Johnny Friendly (Single Version)" 3:56
15. "Let's Talk About love" 2:50
16. "Forget Me Love" 2:23
17. "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)" 2:29
18. "She's Got Sex (12" Remix)" 6:55
19. "Just Got Lucky (12" Remix)" 4:42
20. "Johnny Friendly (12" Remix)" 10:02


Additional personnel[edit]

  • John Wallace - saxophone
  • Nick Pentelow - saxophone


  1. ^ a b 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". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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