Time 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.
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]