For those who ‘honestly do’ love 90s music, then you will remember “I Touch Myself” the then provocative hit single released by the Divinyls in December of 1990 that excited millions, made others blush, and catapulted the Australian rock band to international stardom. Originally written as a groundbreaking celebration of female sexuality, the song took on a whole new meaning for Chrissy Amphlett, the band’s dynamic frontwoman, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer decades later. It inspired a mission.
In 2010, three years after Chrissy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she learned that she had breast cancer. She vigorously fought both diseases “with exceptional bravery and dignity,” and through it all had one last divine wish… a new vision for her hit song. Chrissy wanted “I Touch Myself” to become “an anthem for spreading awareness about the importance of touching ourselves for early detection” of breast cancer.
“‘I Touch Myself’ is so appropriate now, more than ever. You know, it really should be the breast cancer song.” – Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls
On April 21, 2013, at age 53, Chrissy lost her battle. In tribute, “Chrissy’s family and friends, her husband musician Charley Drayton, fellow songwriters, Cancer Council NSW and supporters from around the globe” came together to create the I Touch Myself Project. Their purpose: “to make sure Chrissy’s legacy lives on to remind women to be in touch with their bodies, and if something’s not right, see their doctor.”
To fuel the cause and make Chrissy’s final wish a reality, a new version of “I Touch Myself” was recorded by ten of Australia’s leading female music artists and released in 2014 as an anthem for women’s health. Each woman featured – Connie Mitchell, Deborah Conway, Kate Cerebrano, Katie Noonan, Little Pattie, Megan Washington, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Blasko, Sarah McLeod, and Suze DeMarchi – interpreted Chrissy’s “I Touch Myself” in her own distinctive way.
You can help keep Chrissy’s dream alive by spreading her message and remembering to touch yourself. Visit the I Touch Myself Project for more information.