Monkey Grip (soundtrack)

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Monkey Grip
Soundtrack album by Divinyls
Released May 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Pub rock
Length 23:02
Label WEA
Producer Christina Amphlett
Mark McEntee
Divinyls chronology
Monkey Grip
Singles from Monkey Grip
  1. "Boys in Town"
    Released: September 1981

Monkey Grip is a soundtrack to the film of the same name, with songs provided by the Divinyls. The movie is an adaptation by director Ken Cameron of Helen Garner's novel Monkey Grip. The movie had little impact at the box office, taking only A$451,000. The soundtrack was released in May 1982 and peaked at #25 on the Australian Kent Music Report album chart.[1] The soundtrack contains the band's first single, "Boys in Town", as well as "Only Lonely", "Elsie" and "Only You" – all of which are featured on the international version of the Divinyls' first studio album, Desperate. Monkey Grip also features two other songs "Gonna Get You" and "Girlfriends". Christina Amphlett also co-starred in the movie Monkey Grip, playing a temperamental rock singer loosely based on herself, fronting a band played by fellow Divinyls members.

The first version of the music video for "Only Lonely" was filmed on the rooftop of the Strawberry Hills Hotel, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills in 1982.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Boys in Town" - 2:50
  2. "Only Lonely" - 3:15
  3. "Elsie" - 6:42
  4. "Elsie (Reprise)" - 2:47
  5. "Only You" - 2:48
  6. "Gonna Get You" - 2:46
  7. "Girlfriends" - 3:14


Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 25


  1. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 91. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.