Pleasure and Pain

Album: What a Life! (1985)
Charted: 76

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by the songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Holly Knight, whose credits include "The Best" for Tina Turner and "Love Is A Battlefield" for Pat Benatar. Says Knight: "It's a great song, I'm a big fan of the Divinyls. This is before they did "I Touch Myself." I just like the lyrics. I like that it's a little bit darker and still very sort of poppy. And I was a huge fan of Christina Amphlett from the Divinyls. And I just liked the tune. It's sort of more in the line of "Invincible," but a little bit darker." (Check out our interview with Holly Knight.)

Comments: 2

  • Pete from CheltenhamGreat video, brilliant album. Had it on cassette since mid 80's
  • Steve from Sydney, AustraliaThe Divinyls video for this song was shot over one night in Balmain Power Station in Sydney, Australia, in 1985. The station had been decommissioned and was closed because it was full of dangerous asbestos. The huge structure has since been demolished and a harbourside housing complex now occupies the site. I was a newspaper reporter in Sydney at the time and I witnessed and I wrote a feature story about the making of the video. It was a long, exhausting night of shooting, but Christina Amphlett was very professional and put a lot of effort into the task.
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