The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Divinyls Draw The Line At Heavy Petting

Dec 8th, 2006 // 5 Comments

DivinylsMakeOutAlright.jpgTime for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we blow the dust off of a forgotten favorite and give its lack of chart success a once-over.

Artist: Divinyls
Song: “Make Out Alright,” 1991
What happened: Divinyls’ self-titled album and fifth overall contained the monster success “I Touch Myself”; that song hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and guaranteed the band placement on every ’90s-retrospective special ever. “Make Out Alright,” which led off the record, was the follow-up to “Touch,” but it only managed to garner just enough radio airplay to crack the lower echelons of Billboard‘s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Why it should have been a hit: Sure, the title of “Make Out Alright” alludes to an act that isn’t as down-and-dirty as the single that preceded it, but the song itself is still saucy, with Amphlett’s cigarette-smoky voice and a Hammond organ leading the way. Divinyls was, in a way, a victim of its own success in the States; while “I Touch Myself” resulted in the band getting notice, it overshadowed the rest of the album’s solid, sultry rock.

Divinyls – Make Out Alright [MP3, link expired]

  1. brasstax

    Divinyls is one of the few cases where the band’s most commercially successful work doubles as their artistic best. “Make Out Alright” was really just the tip of the iceberg as far as the quality of this album is concerned (although, if you want their best singles you have to go all the way back to the early ’80s and look for “Boys in Town” and “Science Fiction”).

  2. Catbirdseat

    Next up: a critical analysis discussing the use of postmodern symbolism, syzygy, and the dichotomy between the titular subjects of the Fine Young Cannibals’ “The Raw and The Cooked.”

  3. Jupiter8

    I wish someone woould reissue “Desperate” so I wouldn’t have to pay inflated eBay rates…Christina Amphlett ruled-Shirley Manson owes her big time!

  4. Faster

    Nope, not pickin’ up what you’re puttin’ down. Can’t do it.

  5. Panhandler

    I thought I was the only one who loved this album. I’ve been making excuses all this time: I was only 18 when I bought it; my girl at the time was really mean; etc. Now you tell me it’s a lost Picasso? I feel so…. VALIDATED!

    “If Love was a Gun,” indeed.

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