This week Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of The Divinyls died of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis at age 53. She revealed she had multiple sclerosis in 2007 and breast cancer in 2010, and in March 2012, she posted a message on her facebook page about her health problems that showed the impact the diseases and the treatments were having on her. Chrissy was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia and died in New York city and along the way she captured a generation of rock fans.
Here is an interview she did with Australian journalist James Valentine around the time of the bands US success in the 1980s.
The Divinyls were part of the pub rock Australian rock scene in the 1980s and 1990s. They had many hits, most notably I Touch Myself, Boys In Town, Science Fiction, Human On The Inside and Pleasure and Pain. In this male dominated genre of music, Chrissy broke down the gender barriers and rocked out, stamping her mark on Australian music. She is known for her great live performances and no holds barred attitude to rock and roll. But her husband Charley Drayton (former Divinyls drummer) summed it up in a statement released by the ARIA, "With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women." And boy did she.
Here is a you tube playlist of songs by The Divinyls.