Divinyls was an Australian rock band that was formed in Sydney in 1980. The band primarily consisted of vocalist Chrissy Amphlett and guitarist Mark McEntee. Amphlett garnered widespread attention for performing on stage in a school uniform and fishnet stockings, and often used an illuminated neon tube as a prop for displaying aggression towards both band members and the audience. Originally a five-piece, the band underwent numerous lineup changes while Amphlett and McEntee remained as core members, before its dissolution in 1996.
“Sleeping Beauty” was written by Mark McEntee and Christina Amphlett. The song was produced by Mike Chapman, who also went on to produce the final recording stages of the album What a Life! and Divinyls next album Temperamental.
Earlier in 1985, Divinyls had garnered great success with the single “Pleasure and Pain”, which went to the top twenty in Australia and also charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. “Sleeping Beauty” did not meet with the same success as its predecessor, however it did just make the top fifty in Australia, peaking at number fifty.
Aged 53 years, Amphlett died on 21 April 2013 at her home in New York City, US after a protracted battle with breast cancer. Amphlett had been unable to receive radiation treatment or chemotherapy as treatment for the cancer due to the multiple sclerosis that she concurrently suffered from.
Sleeping Beauty (Extended Mix) 5:01
Sleeping Beauty (Instrumental) 3:36