The duo formed in Sydney, Australia, after meeting at a Sydney Opera House concert in 1980, and for the first two years they performed in pubs and clubs in Sydney’s Kings Cross. They provided the soundtrack for the movie Monkey Grip with Amphlett (who is first cousins with 1960s teen surf-pop singer Little Pattie) also acting in the film. She received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Australian Film Institute for her performance and the group had two hit singles, “Boys In Town” and “Only Lonely” from the soundtrack.
They also had hits with their cover versions of The Easybeats’s “I’ll Make You Happy”, and the Syndicate of Sound’s “Hey Little Boy” (“Hey Little Girl” with the gender switched). Amphlett became a controversial and highly visible celebrity, known for her brash and overtly sexual persona, and for the subversive humour in both her lyrics and her performances. They toured and performed in the United States and established a fan base there, without achieving major commercial success.
Original bassist Jeremy Paul (ex Air Supply) left the group in 1982. He was replaced by Rick Grossman (ex Matt Finish), who left in 1987 to replace Clyde Bramley in Hoodoo Gurus.
In 1991 they released the single “I Touch Myself” which became their only Australian number one single, and it reached number 4 in the US, and number 10 in the UK. A disagreement with their record company in the US stifled their future development, however in Australia they continued to release popular albums, and to achieve several more hit singles (“Love School”, “Make Out Alright”, and “I’m On Your Side”). During the 1980s and 1990s Amphlett began to collaborate as a songwriter with such artists as Chrissie Hynde and Cyndi Lauper, and she and McEntee worked on solo projects.
From 1997, after their last album as Divinyls was released, they split after a quarrel and Amphlett and McEntee concentrated largely on solo projects and collaborations with other artists. But Divinyls, as a recording and performing entity, was never officially disbanded.
In 2006, Divinyls were inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and reformed, releasing a Greatest Hits compilation and a new single, “Don’t Wanna Do This”. They toured in 2007, when Amphlett also revealed that she had multiple sclerosis. They officially split in 2009.
Amphlett died on April 21, 2013, after a long battle with breast cancer complicated by her multiple sclerosis.
Edited by fokkertism on 24 May 2013, 11:56
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