A year ago in April, new wave rockstar Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls died from breast cancer at the age of 54. Like me, you've probably sung along with her on their 1990 hit "I Touch Myself," or at least added it to a mixtape now and again.
Apparently, as she battled breast cancer that a mammogram had failed to spot, Chrissy's wish was that her memorable song would be used to create awareness for the importance of breast cancer self-examination. An organization in her birth home of Australia has done just that, gathering Australian singers to perform in a stunningly beautiful video.
The song, originally a hit in the early '90s for the rocker's band the Divinyls, has been covered by a cast of home-grown stars including breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John, ARIA female artist of the year winners Sarah Blasko and Megan Washington, Baby Animals singer Suze DeMarchi, and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Little Pattie, who is Amphlett’s cousin.
Each of the 10 singers appear in a powerful black and white video which was commissioned by Cancer Council NSW and launched over the weekend. The charity has declared the song as the anthem for its #itouchmyselfproject, which has a dedicated Website at http://itouchmyself.org/
The performance is beautiful, and is backed by a series of interviews and behind-the-scenes videos on the channel. The message is even more important, and is bound to remind women of the importance of breast self-examination when the #itouchmyselfproject video is shared and when we hear Chrissy on our playlists from now on.
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