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Christine Joy "Chrissy" Amphlett (25 October 1959 – 22 April 2013) was an Australian singer, who was lead singer of the rock band Divinyls.

She grew up in Geelong as a singer and dancer. She left home as a teenager and travelled to England, France and Spain where she was imprisoned[1] for three months for singing on the streets.

In May 2001, Divinyls' "Science Fiction", written by Amphlett and lead guitarist Mark McEntee, was selected by Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time.[2] Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band had separated in 1996, but resumed contact when they were inducted in the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame, eventually announcing a new tour and album.[3]

As a boy growing up in Oz in the 70s and 80s Joan Jett and the Black Hearts and Chrissy Amphlett and The Divinals were the acid counterpart to the sugar sweet ABBA and Bee Gees (the bands which your parents didn't mind).

It's a sad day for Rock.

Originally posted to Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 11:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music.

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