Sunday, May 12, 2013

Science Fiction: Issa's Sunday Service, #165

Science Fiction by Divinyls on Grooveshark

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There were very few high spots, musically and, come to think of it, otherwise, in what for me was the dismal 80s.  The Australian rock band The Divinyls, led by Christina Amphlett was, ever so briefly, one of them. Amphlett died all too young a couple of weeks back. 

This NY Times obit lightly skims the surface. Rolling Stone's take is hardly much better - everyone harps on the single, "I Touch Myself," and so, there it is.  

There's more to it, but, it would seem, Rolling Stone didn't have the time.

Over the last ten years or so, they rarely do.
Charlie Drayton, the Divinyls' drummer and Christina's husband, hits the mark, however briefly, in the RS obit: "With her force of character and vocal strength she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women."  The Examiner adds a bit more substance to the above obits. The Sydney Morning Herald does a nice job, filling in some details both personal and professional. Finally, The Herald Sun is best of all.

It's really a shame that you have to go through so much to glean so little.

Above, is the song that gets them here with a literary connection: "Science Fiction." Below is the one that won over all the fan girls and boys very early on - "The Boys in Town," which, though not a huge hit, was the song that put the band on the map and set the tone for much of what followed. 

Rest in peace, Christina.


bonfires for the dead--
soon they'll burn
for us
translated by David G. Lanoue

 Photo by Gregor Younger


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Go to the LitRock web site for a list of all 164 songs


Ed Baker said...

an incredible
voice and drums and guitar...
they HAVE the chops

the licks

just watched the vid I Touch Myself

it appears to me to be more than
merely what it appears to be:

maybe about that cancer that gets into
the tits ?

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


This is what she said about "I Touch Myself" -

“Chrissy expressed hope that her worldwide hit ‘I Touch Myself’ would remind women to perform annual breast examinations” ...

So you are on the mark ...


Ed Baker said...

to thicken the stew/plot:

I Touch Myself:

(I hope)

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Cheers, Ed. Thanks much.