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In the year 1990, George H.W. Bush was President of the U.S., coming off the heels of eight years of the Reagan administration. The U.S. was nine years deep in the “Party of Family Values”, and it needed a release.
It’s a damn good song that celebrates a damn good pastime. Additionally, it inspired a very memorable movie moment, several incredible covers, and, most importantly, confidence in women throughout the world.
First, let’s appreciate the Divinyls and Chrissy Amphlett. Although the Divinyls were a one hit wonder in the U.S., they had several hits in Australia and are in the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. A mighty honor as many of the most fantastic bands in the world are from Australia (oh you know just AC/DC, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tame Impala, The Avalanches, Jet, The Vines, Wolfmother, Men at Work, Crowded House, INXS, and I am done writing because there are a lot of others). Generally, I feel that Australian music is way overlooked and underappreciated by other English speaking countries.
Chrissy Amphlett is a genius unto herself. From Wiki:
At some point many fans referred to Amphlett as the female Angus Young, as both had similar mannerisms on stage and wore black-and-white school uniforms while performing in the early 1980s.
While the musical stylings and Chrissy’s own style changed over time, some edge remained.
Chrissy ultimately died of breast cancer and complications of multiple sclerosis in 2013, but let’s look at the fabulous legacy she left behind:
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1996)
There are many reasons my mother is awesome. One of them is that she took me to see Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery when I was eight years old. I remember thinking it was the funniest thing I had ever scene in my brief existence, and I believe it was also the first time I, and likely millions of others, heard “Touch Myself” in the iconic fembot scene.
It’s 24 years later, and my humor and appreciation for this song haven’t changed. Guess I’m still eight.
Covers, So Many GREAT Covers
“Touch Myself” is a great song, and thankfully, it has been covered in a diverse and respectful fashion. Here are a few of my favorite covers:
The Genitorturers covers was a staple of my angsty college playlists:
This is a choral cover. Many of you will recognize it from the very awesome show “Sex Education“:
My favorite more contemporary cover by BØRNS:
There are several other covers. What’s your favorite?
One of the more confusing parts of being a cis-woman is being constantly shamed about your sexuality and being a slut. In middle school and beyond, you hear thousands of jokes about male masturbation and your shamed if you don’t. Even though we hear “everybody’s doin’ it”, quite frankly I’m concerned not all girls and women are actually “doin’ it” because we don’t talk about it.
I think Chrissy and Divinyls got us thinking and talking a bit more about masturbation in general. And I hope that a lot of people were like “Well she’s doing it, and she’s cool. So it’s cool that I do it too?”. I think Chrissy would give that a resounding “Yes!”.
So, what are your plans tonight? 😉