Monday, April 11, 2011

Divinyls -- "Pleasure and Pain"

Pleasure And Pain - Essential

(Debuted January 25, 1986, Peaked #76, 7 Weeks on the Chart)

For those who weren't aware of Divinyls before 1991's "I Touch Myself," here's proof they were at it long before that hit.

Divinyls was a group led by singer Christina Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee. formed in 1980 in Australia and had some hits in their home country. To help break them in the U.S., the band recorded "Pleasure & Pain," a song co-written by 1970s super producer Mark Chapman and Holly Knight. They had previously collaborated on Bat Benatar's hit "Love is a Battlefield." Chapman produced their LP What a Life! and a video of "Pleasure and Pain" was filmed. 

Despite Amphlett's good looks and the S&M angle of the song's lyrics, the single didn't do as well as expected. It was the band's only pop hit in America until 1991, when they went with a female masturbation angle and took it into the Top 10. Since "Pleasure and Pain" missed the Top 40, Divinyls is sometimes tagged as a One-Hit wonder. However, it deserved to be a bigger hit than it was.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds a little in the Motels/Til Tuesday/Quarterflash style, which I'm a definite fan of. Nice song, though I found 'I Touch Myself' rather annoying.