Australian Rock icon Chrissy Amphlett sadly lost her long battle with cancer yesterday.
Chrissy Amphlett was born in Geelong and became one of the most powerful, ambitious and successful front-women of the 1980s and 1990s. She formed the Divinyls in 1980, first performing in and around Sydney’s Kings Cross.
Somewhat shy by nature, Amphlett drew upon the inspiration of her heroes Wendy Saddington and Janis Joplin to discover her powerful performance métier – the stage persona of a tempestuous schoolgirl.
“And so when I put the school uniform on, it once-removed me because I had a character, also the school uniform was very submissive. So then I had to juxtaposition myself against that, and I became assertive. So somehow wearing suspenders and stockings made me…’don’t fuck with me then.’”
During the 1980s and 1990s Amphlett collaborated as a songwriter with other artists, and played several roles in stage productions, including the 1998 Australian production of The Boy From Oz alongside Todd McKenney. Amphlett recently featured in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Rock Chicks Exhibition in 2010.
Her legacy will no doubt continue to inspire generations of women on stage in Australian rock for many years to come.