Saturday, October 28, 2017
Chrissie Amphlett was the lead singer and, with Mark McEntee, the driving force behind Divinyls, the Australian band behind many new wave classics including Boys In Town, Pleasure and Pain, and I Touch Myself. They stopped recording in 1997 and, I recently found out, Chrissie took on the iconic role of Judy Garland in the 1998 Australian production of The Boy From Oz. I found this tender and loving performance of Peter Allen's All I Wanted Was The Dream from the cast recording of The Boy From Oz.
As the song played I was reading that Chrissie had passed away from breast cancer in 2013. I hadn't heard this. We were both born in 1959.
So I bookend the subtlety of this moving performance with the pure rock and roll of the first Divinyls I heard. Thanks for Siren Song and all the rest, Chrissie. Peace out.