Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dead at 53
Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the '80s Australian rock band Divinyls, died Sunday at her home in New York City. She was 53. Ms. Amplett "succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis," according to a statement by her musician husband Charley Drayton, reports the Associated Press.
The Divinyls formed in Sydney in 1980 and stayed together until the late '90s. Their signature hit was the radio unfriendly I Touch Myself. The band reformed for a run from 2006 to 2009. Fans of '80s music first met the band through their 1981 hit Boys in Town. Other hits included Science Fiction, Pleasure and Pain and Hey Little Boy.
"Chrissy's light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity. She always lived it to the fullest," her husband said. "With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women."
Alan Hunter, one of the original MTV veejays, wrote of her death on Facebook today: "Really bummed about this passing. I first interviewed Christina and Divinyls back in '83 or '84 for MTV at the Mayflower Hotel in NYC. She was an odd but really sweet person. And i just loved her in concert - even stranger but so giving as an artist. RIP Christina."
Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go's also wrote a tearful goodbye to Chrissy on her official Facebook page today.
"I met Chrissy Amphlett when she was recording the Divynyl's record Temperamental with producer Mike Chapman. It was 1988 and Mike had been working with my band WCK. (see other posts) Chrissy and I hit it off immediately, and as she and Mark Entee had rented a condo for the duration of the recording and mixing time in LA, we got to spend a lot of time together. Hearing her sing, her voice, was a revelation. To this day, I think there are very, very few that come close. She had a way of infusing every single sound, every word, with so much feeling and passion. I used to say, damn Chrissy, you could sing the names listed in a phone book and I'd pay to hear it."
Click here to read the rest of Kathy's amazing tribute to her friend.