Chrissy passed away over the weekend after battling breast cancer complicated by MS.
Her raspy, sexy voice made Australia’s Divinyls one of the break out bands of the MTV era. Their biggest hit was “I Touch Myself”, which opened the door for a bunch of “selfy touchy” songs.
Chrissy was one of the original “rock chicks” that permeate my memories of that era. Strutting in thigh high stockings and urging self release in that sultry voice, she was a rock n roll fantasy that came to life on the small screen. The hit “I Touch Myself” propelled her band to international stardom in 1991.
But Chrissy’s life wasn’t all the far removed from one of the bands follow up hits “Pleasure and Pain”. In her autobiography of the same name, Amphlett laid bare a life twisted by drugs and bad relationships.
Australia’s Courier Mail had this to say about Chrissy:
Behind the rock-chick character everyone saw on stage and TV screens was a more sensitive soul than many fans knew.
“The music is an emotional experience for me,” Amphlett said in a 2009 interview. “The songs that I have co-written over the years I am singing – they were personal. I had to learn how to protect myself in some way.
“I don’t know how the hell some girls stand there so naked and sing these such intimate songs about themselves night after night. I had to weave something else around myself to protect myself, because they’ve come from me.”
Chrissy was 53 years old. You can read more of her life here.