The Divinyls









The Divinyls

The Divinyls

is an Australian rock music group was formed after Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee met at the Sidney Opera House in 1980. The first two years they were together they performed in pubs and clubs in Sidneyís Cross. Christina was the vocalist and Mark played the guitar. Christina was also the cousin of the famous pop singer, Little Pattie, and also closely related to Col Joye and his brother. Col Joye was an Australian rock singer. The duo provided the soundtrack for the movie, Monkey Grip and Christina also starred in the movie. She received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Australian Film Institute. The duo also had 2 hit singles from the soundtrack. They were called Only Lonely and Boys In Town.

The duo released several albums in the next ten years and had hit singles in Australia. Some of the songs were Science Fiction, Good Die Young, Pleasure and Pain, and Sleeping Beauty. The manager they had was Vince Lovegrove, and he was the former co-lead singer of the well known 60's pop band called The Valentines with Bon Scott. Other hits they had were Iíll Make You Happy and Hey Little Boy, Hey Little Girl. Christina became a popular celebrity because of her sexual persona and her subversive humor in her lyrics and her actions. The duo toured in the United States and was a major success there also. Their bass player, Jeremy Paul, left the band in 1982 and was replaced with Rick Grossmen. Divinyls released the single called I Touch Myself in 1991 and it became their only number one hit single. The song also reached number 4 in the U. S., and number 10 in the U. K..Other hit singles they released in Australia were Love School, Make Out Alright, and Iím On Your Side.

In the 1980's and 1990's Christina began to collaborate with artists such as Chrissie Hynde and Cyndi Lauper. Christina and Mark also began working on some solos. In the 1990's they recorded cover songs for movie soundtracks. Some of themn were the Young Rascals, I Ainít Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore, for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Love Is the Drug for Super Mario Brothers.

In 1996 the duo released their fifth album under the BMG label. In 1998 Christina began to focus on a stage career. In the later 1990's the duo worked more on solo projects and collaborations with other artists. In 2005, Christina published her autobiography titled, Pleasure and Pain: My Life, co-written by Larry Writer.

Divinyls was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006. Their best of collection was released in 2006. In July, 2007 it was announced that they were to headline the popular Australian festival held in December. A new album is planned in 2008. They have released a total of 10 albums so far.