Divinyls - Live: Jailhouse Rock (1993)

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Christina Amphlett
Christina Amphlett
Review by Bill Wolford
Added: August 14, 2012
First of all, if you are even a casual fan of Divinyls, you're going to want to own this DVD. It contains all of their hits, and this is an amazing live show. I've never seen such sustained sexuality in a female lead singer over the course of a concert, but I'm betting they had to hose Christina Amphlett down after the show was over. This is part of a three band show, but they still play a sixteen song, ninety minute set. The film is shot in full screen, and the sound is pretty decent stereo throughout the running time. There are, sadly, no extras included on this disc. It would have been fun to see a discography for those of us (including me) who are less familiar with their studio output. And it would have been nice to see some band member interviews, or some after show material. Here is some history of the band courtesy of Wikipedia.

Divinyls were an Australian rock band formed in Sydney in 1980 and featuring vocalist Christina Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee. As the focal point, Amphlett performed on stage wearing a school uniform and fishnet stockings, often using an illuminated neon tube as a prop and displaying aggression towards band members and the audience. The band, originally a five-piece, underwent numerous lineup changes with Amphlett and McEntee as the core members, before breaking up in 1996.

In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named "Science Fiction" as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2006 and in late 2007 Amphlett and McEntee reconvened to record a new single and begin working on a new album. The band played a short series of live gigs in Australia in late 2007 and early 2008.

Divinyls have released five studio albums, with four of them reaching the Top 10 in Australia and one, Divinyls, reaching No. 15 in the US. Their biggest-selling single, "I Touch Myself" (1991) achieved No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the US and No. 10 in the UK.

Here is the setlist performed on the DVD:

1.Boys In Town
2.I'll Make You Happy
3.Only Lonely
4.Guillotine Day
5.Need A Lover
6.Open Windows
7.Love School
8.Lay Your Body Down
9.Science Fiction
11.Sex Will Keep Us Together
12.Make Out Alright
13.Bless My Soul
14.I Touch Myself
15.Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore
16.Pleasure And Pain

This is a band that needs to be seen live, even if it's for Christina's over the top sexuality during the show. They're a good live band, and you owe it to yourself to check them out. 7/10.
Bill Wolford #1: Bill Wolford - added 04/22/2013, 05:32 PM
Christina "Chrissy" Amphlett--frontwoman for the Australian rock band the Divinyls, whose "I Touch Myself" went to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1991--died Sunday at her home in New York. Amphlett was 53 years old. She suffered from M.S. & breast cancer.
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