Desperate (Divinyls album)

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Studio album by Divinyls
Released January 1983
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Rock, new wave, pub rock
Length 30:38 (Australian release)
33:25 (International release)
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Mark Opitz
Divinyls chronology
Monkey Grip
What a Life!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Desperate is the debut studio album and second overall album by Australian rock band Divinyls, released in 1983 by Chrysalis Records. The album contains the hits "Boys in Town", "Science Fiction" and "Siren (Never Let You Go)".


Divinyls formed in 1980, founded by Mark McEntee and fronted by lead singer Chrissy Amphlett. After scoring several gigs, they were discovered by Australian director Ken Cameron. This led to Divinyls providing the entire soundtrack for his 1982 film Monkey Grip. Amphlett was also given a supporting role in the film, playing a temperamental rock singer loosely based on herself, fronting a band played by other Divinyls members. In the film, the band performed their debut single "Boys in Town", as well as other songs "Only Lonely", "Elsie", "Only You", "Girlfriends" and "Gonna Get You", the latter being the first appearance of them in the film. The soundtrack Music from Monkey Grip was acknowledged as a Divinyls album, and when released in 1982, it made the top twenty-five of the Australian Albums Chart.

"Boys in Town" was a success in Australia where it made the top ten, peaking at number eight in 1981. The next year "Science Fiction" was released and was also a success, peaking at number thirteen. When Desperate was released, it climbed the albums chart and eventually peaked at number five. In addition, it proved to be among the top twenty most successful albums of 1983, ranking in at number seventeen according to the Kent Music Report end of year chart.

The track listing of Desperate differed between the Australian release and the international version. Because Divinyls had already released the Monkey Grip soundtrack, which contained the songs performed in the film, in particular the single "Boys in Town", they were not included on the original Australian release of Desperate. This meant that "Science Fiction" was released as the official lead single. On the international release of Desperate, some of the songs from the Monkey Grip soundtrack were included as official album tracks, such as "Boys in Town", "Only Lonely", "Only You" and "Elsie".

The majority of the songs on Desperate were written by Amphlett and/or McEntee except "Siren (Never Let You Go)", which was written by band member Bjarne Ohlin, and "I'll Make You Happy", which was a cover of the original 1966 song by The Easybeats.

Caroline Records[2] announced that a remastered CD version of the international version of Desperate album was released on 5 February 2008.

"Ring Me Up" was used in the film Sixteen Candles.

Track listing (Australian release)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'll Make You Happy"   Stevie Wright, George Young 3:21
2. "Science Fiction"   Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee 3:32
3. "Casual Encounter"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:05
4. "Victoria"   McEntee 3:22
5. "Siren (Never Let You Go)"   Bjarne Ohlin 2:28
6. "Motion"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:16
7. "Ring Me Up"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:07
8. "Take A Chance"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:23
9. "Sahara Rock"   Amphlett, McEntee 2:35
10. "Don't You Go Walking"   McEntee 6:09

Track listing (International release)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Boys in Town"   Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee 2:50
2. "Only Lonely"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:15
3. "Science Fiction"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:32
4. "Siren (Never Let You Go)"   Bjarne Ohlin 2:28
5. "Elsie"   Amphlett, McEntee 6:42
6. "Only You"   Amphlett, McEntee 2:48
7. "Ring Me Up"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:07
8. "Victoria"   McEntee 3:19
9. "Take A Chance"   Amphlett, McEntee 3:23
10. "I'll Make You Happy"   Stevie Wright, George Young 3:21




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ ":: welcome to caroline records ::". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Divinyls discography - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ "List of Top 25 albums for 1983 in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Retrieved 2012-02-13.