|FORMED: 1981, Sydney, Australia
The Divinyls combined the raw, simple hard rock of AC/DC with a new wave pop sensibility. Formed in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, by vocalist Christina Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee, the band's first release was a soundtrack for the 1982 Australian film Monkey Grip, which featured an appearance by Amphlett.
Taken from the EP Monkey Grip, the single "Boys in Town" became an Top Ten hit in Australia, leading to a contract with Chrysalis Records. The band released their first full--length album, Desperate, in 1983. The record became a hit in Australia, but it didn't make much of an impression in the U.S. or the U.K. What a Life, their second album, appeared in 1985 and managed to chart in the U.S. but its Australian sales did not equal Desperate. After the release of 1988's Temperamental, The Divinyls officially became a duo, with original bassist Rick Grossman leaving the band to join the Hoodoo Gurus.
Three years later, the group released Divinyls. The album became their first big hit album in America and Britain, thanks to the single "I Touch Myself," a catchy, tongue-in-cheek song about masturbation. In both countries, the song was treated as a novelty and subsequent singles failed to chart. In recent years Amphlett has also indulged her talent for acting with her starring role in the Australian production of Blood Brothers and her stand-out portrayal of Judy Garland in the Peter Allen-inspired musical The Boy From Oz. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide