Chrissy Amphlett, the potent frontwoman of the Divinyls, the ARIA Hall of Fame-inducted group whose sexually-driven song “I Touch Myself” was a global hit in 1991, has died at her home in New York after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.
The Divinyls were formed at the turn of the '80s, with Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee providing the core of the band. Amphlett was hard to miss in her signature schoolgirl uniform and fishnet stockings. The group scored a worldwide deal with Chrysalis Records after their debut 1981 single "Boys In Town," which reached No. 8 on the ARIA chart. With Amphlett at the mic, the Divinyls went on to record five studio albums and numerous, memorable hits -- "Pleasure and Pain," "Science Fiction" and "Sleeping Beauty" among them.
The band scored their biggest international hit in 1991 with the track "I Touch Myself," which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 10 in the U.K. and No. 1 in Australia and had radio programmers around the world pondering whether the song was too naughty to spin.