AUSTRALIA — A hit in the early ’90s, the song “I Touch Myself”‘ by Chrissy Amphlett is now sending out a different message in its lyrics and musical notes.
Amphlett died of breast cancer in April 2013 at the age of 53. According to Billboard.com, Amphlett found her cancer on her own through a self-examination. It had gone undetected in a mammogram and ultrasound.
The Cancer Council NSW of Australia commissioned the song to be used in its breast cancer awareness campaign.
Ten fellow Australian female vocalists, including breast-cancer survivor Olivia Newton John, take turns singing Amphlett’s song, with the reminder that women should conduct their own examinations of their breasts.
The singers are Connie Mitchell, Deborah Conway, Kate Cerebrano, Katie Noonan, Little Pattie, Megan Washington, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah Blasko, Sarah McLeod and Suze DeMarchi.
The charity has declared the song as the anthem for its #itouchmyselfproject. Click here for its dedicated website.
You can watch interviews with each of them on Amphlett’s YouTube channel.