Song of the day: Jimmy And The Boys – "They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me"

May 21, 2010

Here are Jimmy And The Boys with “They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me” (1981):


Jimmy And The Boys were a sort of Australian version of The Tubes, with very theatrical and provocative stage shows. I don’t know why I’m telling you this, because you can’t actually tell how depraved or controversial they were just by listening to the song.

Maybe the video will help:

Nope. Not terribly outrageous there, either. (I guess it wouldn’t be, considering it’s a video from 1981.)

Anyway, “They Won’t Let My Girlfriend Talk To Me” was the band’s biggest hit, reaching the Australian Top 10 in 1981.

I’d always wondered why the song sounded a lot like Split Enz to me until I found out only recently* that the song was written by Tim Finn. (Well, that would certainly explain the, er, “influence” there.)

(*This is a song from 1981, and I found out who wrote it in 2010. Talk about coming late to the party…)