We were saddened to hear that Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away over the weekend, after a long battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Aphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee shot to fame over their early ’90s ode to masturbation, “I Touch Myself.”
“Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly. Hers was a life of passion and creativity,” said her husband Charley Drayton, in a statement. “She always lived it to the fullest. With her force of character and vocal strength, she paved the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women.”
“I Touch Myself” was one of the few pop tracks that blatantly referenced masturbation, and certainly was one of the most popular. It reached number one in Amphlett’s native Australia, and climbed to number four on the American pop charts. Not to mention, the video for the song was everywhere when it first came out.
In more recent years, Amphlett had focused her attention on her ailing health, but also took time to star as Russell Crowe’s mother in an Australian stage production of the musical “Blood Brothers.” After the jump, a playlist dedicated to Amphlett’s forwarded-thinking, sexually open hit track.