It's true that I'm a big supporter of Australian music, films and art. It's because I live here and it represents my own experience oftentimes. It's also because I know how hard it's been for us to get an identity of our own.
You might say I was always like it. I like to give the impression I have been. But a deep secret within surfaced two weeks ago.
I never appreciated Christina Amphlett (Divinyls) all those years ago. Oh I had a passing interest, but I admit at the time if it came to girl/bands -it was the B52's for me.
Little did I realize, that we had a precious gem-girl in the form of Ms Amphlett.
Last week, I hit up youtube for some old clips and found her. The sexy, pissed-off, inyaface and funny Christina Amphlett. She of a greatness in stage performance: Bless that girl. She was very freaking good.
Oz bands still have to "proove" themselves, but it aint so bad now. The Divinyls really did have a lot to give, and damn they gave it, in an small and difficult local industry. More admirable now in hindsight. From 1984:
Photo of Christina from here, where she talks about her own experience of Multiple Sclerosis.