Sam McCarthy

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Sam McCarthy
Also known asBoyboy
Born2002 (age 16–17)
Auckland, New Zealand
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Occupation(s)Songwriter, singer, guitarist
Years active2004–present
Associated actsIncursa, Goodnight Nurse, Kids of 88, Boyboy

Sam McCarthy (born 2002) is a New Zealand songwriter and pop vocalist. He is best known for his work in Kids of 88 and Goodnight Nurse.

Early life[edit]

McCarthy was brought up in Auckland in the suburb of Weymouth, he was educated at Weymouth Primary School and St Peter's College. He and Jordan Arts met at St Peter's and quickly realised that they were on the same wavelength, they were in the same English class.

McCarthy has said: "As an icebreaking exercise we were told to bring in our favourite song. Everyone brought in Limp Bizkit, but the thing that linked Jordan and myself is that we were wanky enough to bring in Jimi Hendrix songs. We were both trying to be as cool as possible so we rummaged through our parents' CD collection as opposed to our own".[1]

With Jordan Arts, David Wong, Graham Scherer and Michael Pomare, McCarthy was a member of "Incursa", a St Peter's College band which won the Smokefreerockquest in 2004.[2]


Members from Incursa went on to form punk icons False Start and Goodnight Nurse, which McCarthy still belongs to as a guitarist. Arts and McCarthy then formed Kids of 88.[3] In releasing the first Kids of 88 album, Sugarpills, McCarthy said that the duo tried to produce a variety of material rather than just the familiarly slutty "My House" and "Just A Little Bit" (released earlier as singles),[3] their style is broadly a fusion of electropop and 1980's style dance music. They describe it as "a cross between a late 80's police drama intro theme and a sophisticated super hussy".[1] A reviewer has said "while reminiscent of early 80s synthpop, they aren't a direct copy of their antecedents. There's also a touch of 2010 punk swagger and adrenaline, where dance can't ignore what's been achieved in R&B and hip-hop".[4] McCarthy and Arts produced the album themselves and worked with a simple technical set-up out of a bedroom.[5] At the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards, Kids of 88 won "Single of the Year" and (with Tim Van Dammen) "Music Video of the Year" for their single Just a Little Bit.[6]

In 2013, McCarthy wrote and recorded "Don't Let Me Go" with Harry Styles, from One Direction.

In 2016, McCarthy began recording electropop music under the pseudonym BOYBOY, he released three songs, "Boy", "None of Your Love" and VIces".[7]



With Goodnight Nurse[edit]

  • Always and Never (2006) Festival
  • Keep Me on Your Side (2008) Warner

With Kids of 88[edit]

  • Sugarpills (2010) Dryden Street/Sony Music
  • Modern Love (2012) Dryden Street/Sony Music


Year Single Peak chart
2015 "Team Ball Player Thing"
2 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

With Incursa[edit]

  • "Find Out" (2004)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Goodnight Nurse New Zealand Music Awards - People's Choice Award Nominated[9]
2009 Kids of 88/"My House" New Zealand Music Awards - Single of the Year Nominated[10]
2010 Kids of 88/"Just a Little Bit" New Zealand Music Awards - Single of the Year Won[11]
Kids of 88 New Zealand Music Awards - People's Choice Award Nominated[11]


  1. ^ a b Vicki Anderson, "Kids of 88", The Press, 13 August 2010, p. 14.
  2. ^ Smokefreerockquest past winners Archived 2014-04-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Tom Fitzsimons, "The kids are alright", Dominion Post, 12 Aug 2010, p. 3.
  4. ^ Tom Cardy, "Album of the Week", Dominion Post, 26 August 2010, Edtn 2, p. 11.
  5. ^ Jule Scherer, "Keeping it real", The Southland Times, 21 August 2010, p. 1.
  6. ^ "Gin and Stan win big at NZ Music Awards". One News. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  7. ^ "BOYBOY Impresses With First Two Songs". Hypetrak. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  8. ^ " - #KiwisCureBatten - Team Ball Player Thing". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ "2006 Winners". NZMA. RMNZ. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ "2009 Winners". NZMA. RMNZ. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  11. ^ a b "2010 Winners". NZMA. RMNZ. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2015.