'Boys in Town' was written by Chrissy Amphlett, Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul. Singer Amphlett and guitarist McEntee were the core of Divinyls throughout the band’s existence from 1980 until 2007. 'Boys in Town' was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Monkey Grip (Ken Cameron, Australia, 1982) and also released as the band’s first single, reaching No. 8 on the national charts. The song has a driving beat and a sexually provocative lyric, sung with unashamed brashness by Amphlett. The desperate quality to her vocal performance matches the longing for change expressed in the lyrics. Amphlett was part of a new surge of compelling women fronting guitar-driven rock/pop bands in Australia around this time.