Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A snarling, sneering woman of rock. I liked her.

Chrissy Amphlett is dead. Breast cancer. 53. I liked her a little then, I like her a lot now, as I think about it.

A forerunner to "in your face" women of rock like Pink, and carrying Joplin's legacy of big attitude, she shocked a lot of us. A schoolgirl outfit worn by a woman who almost dared you to not take her seriously.

A ripping 1981 song told me an early home truth "too much too young" and to me shows everything that was good about 1980s rock. Simple, hard, real. Like Chrissy Amphlett.

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