Saturday, April 2, 2016

"Just Got Lucky" by JoBoxers

Song#:  1599
Date:  09/10/1983
Debut:  93
Peak:  36
Weeks:  13
Genre:  New Wave, Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  This band, consisting of four Brits plus one US expatriate, got the attention of RCA Records via an appearance on a BBC TV show. RCA signed them and early in 1983 they issued their first single, "Boxerbeat." It was an immediate hit that reached #3 on the UK chart. This next single also did well reaching #7 and it would go on to be the song that broke them internationally. After hitting in the UK, the single was released in the US and it climbed up into the Pop Top 40. Unfortunately, it would be their only song to reach a US chart. They had a couple more UK chart entries and issued two albums, but while attempting to record a third LP, the band broke up. Although not a huge hit in the US at the time, the song found an afterlife being included on several 80s compilations.

ReduxReview:  This song was lost on me when it first came out. I didn't connect with it. However, after several listens later on 80s compilations, it made a bit of an impression on me. The tune has a great arrangement and I love the band's soul-dance sound. Unfortunately, that sound was kind of a blip as folks tired of it quickly. No matter. This song still lives on.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The band's sole US member, lead singer Dig Wayne, attempted a solo career after the band split. He issued one solo album in 1987, but it failed to do any business. Wayne moved on to acting and worked in theater. He moved back to the US in the 90s and continued to pursue acting. He has appeared in few films and has made guest appearances on several TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, Dexter, and CSI.


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