What a Life! is the second studio album by Australian band Divinyls, released in July 1985 by Chrysalis Records. The album is a genre of rock and new wave songs-written by Divinyls members Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee. After touring and promoting in the United States, Divinyls came back to Australia to begin the follow-up to Desperate, with Mark Opitz producing again.
Don't You Go Walking. Guillotine Day. Dear Diary. Talk Like the Rain (Australian bonus track). Old Radios (Australian bonus track). Para-Dice (Australian bonus track). What a Life! (Australian bonus track).
The album ends with "Dear Diary", one of the most beautifully haunting tracks I've ever heard. Soft and powerful vocals, an outstanding example of the art of songwriting, incredible musicianship all around, the effect of the rain heard in the background fitting in perfectly, the slow drums seeming to bleed with unnameable emotions. A perfect way to close an eclectic album. Only downsides: not enough pictures of Christina (alright, to be fair there'd have to be some of the rest of the band too, but it's the abscence of a booklet of Chrissie pictures I'm mourning);.
The Divinyls were one of the most unfortunately overlooked acts of the 1980s, but the reason they didn't achieve much commercial success could be because an album like What A Life! is so inconsistent. The Divinyls' best strengths lie both in Christina Amphlett's unique vocal delivery, and guitarist Mark McEntee's bottom-heavy, grungy, guitar work, and not so much in their songwriting
Tracklist: 1. Pleasure & Pain, 2. Sleeping Beauty, 3. Good Die Young, 4. Guillotine Day, 5. Talk Like The Rain, 6. Heart Telegraph, 7. Old Radios, 8. In My Life, 9. Para-Dice, 10. What A Life, 11. More albums from Divinyls
Divinyls - In My Life. Divinyls - Divinyls (Full Album). Divinyls Live 1984 - Elsie. In My Life" was written by Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee and was produced by Gary Langan, who had been brought in to work on the album What a Life! at Amphlett and McEntee's persuasion. Langan created an edgier rock sound for Divinyls with several tracks, in particular "In My Life". In My Life" proved to be a minor success in Australia, where it peaked at number forty-seven on the Kent Music Report top fifty singles chart. Nevertheless, Divinyls next single "Pleasure and Pain" became a big hit. Track listing
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|1||Pleasure And Pain||3:55|
|2||Don't You Go Walking||5:58|
|3||Good Die Young||3:36|
|6||In My Life||3:43|
Backing Vocals – Mary Bradfield Taylor*
- Bass – Rick Grossman
- Drums – Richard Harvey
- Engineer – John Bee, Richard Meuke, Tom Colley
- Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals – Mark McEntee
- Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals – Bjarne Ohlin
- Keyboards, Programmed By – Mars Lazaar*, Rick Chadwick, Simon Darlow
- Mixed By – Mike Chapman
- Producer – Gary Langan (tracks: 3, 6, 8 to10), Mark Opitz (tracks: 2, 5, 7), Mike Chapman (tracks: 1, 4)
- Vocals – Christina Amphlett
NotesFirst US CD issue of 1985 release.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Printed): 0 4411-41511-2 8
- Barcode (Scanned): 044114151128
|RML 53130, RML-53130||Divinyls||What A Life! (LP, Album)||Chrysalis, Chrysalis||RML 53130, RML-53130||Australia||1985|
|RMC53130||Divinyls||What A Life! (Cass, Album)||Chrysalis||RMC53130||Australia||1985|
|CHSC-41511||Divinyls||What A Life! (Cass, Album, Club, RE, Dol)||Chrysalis||CHSC-41511||Canada||1985|
|CHS-41511||Divinyls||What A Life! (LP, Album)||Chrysalis||CHS-41511||Canada||1985|
|CD 53130||Divinyls||What A Life! (CD, Album)||Chrysalis||CD 53130||Australia||1986|