Obit of the Day: Lead Singer of The Divinyls
Chrissy Amphlett, who died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 53 from complications due to breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, was the lead singer for The Divinyls, an Australian group best known for their 1991 hit, “I Touch Myself.”
Ms. Amphlett first began performing at the age of 14 when she joined her first band after running away from home. She would meet Divinyls co-founder Mark McEntee in 1980 after a performance in a church choir where she fell off her stool, became entangled in a microphone cord, and continued to perform.
The Divinyls’ first hit was “Boys in Town" which was released as a single in 1981. It would reach #8 in Australia. Two years’ later the group recorded their first studio album, Desperate, which include the song “Science Fiction”. (In 2001 for the 75th anniversary of the Australian Recording Industry Association, “Science Fiction” was ranked as the one of the top 30 songs in Australian music history.)
But The Divinyls gained a worldwide following (and some notoriety) with the release of their single “I Touch Myself” in 1991 from their self-titled album. The song, which caused controversy with its strong sexual overtones, reached the top ten in Australia (1), Ireland (8), the UK (10), and the United States (4).
Ms. Amphlett was ranked, by singers in an online poll, as the 9th greatest singer in Australian history.
(“I Touch Myself” and The Divinyls is copyright of Virgin Records, 1991)