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Divine recorded a whole mess of singles. Starting out with a punk sound on the legendary Wax Trax label, she quickly switched gears to electro. Working with the seminal producer Bobby Orlando, who is also famous for producing The Flirts and the first Pet Shop Boys songs. Divine scored many hits in gay clubs and in the charts in Europe.

See below for what's available on CD


Born To Be Cheap/The Name Game

produced by David Plattner
Wax Trax Records (US)
Beggar's Banquet (UK)


Native Love/T-Shirts and Tight Blue Jeans

produced by Bobby Orlando
O Records


Shoot Your Shot/Jungle Jezebel

produced by Bobby Orlando
O Records/Vanguard
This single was very successful in clubs and actually was issued a gold single in Holland (100,000 copies) in 1983.


Shake It Up

produced by Bobby Orlando
O Records/Vanguard

Love Reaction/Kick Your Butt/Alphabet Rap
produced by Bobby Orlando
O Records/Vanguard
Love Reaction was recorded twice upon the suggestion of Divine's Dutch record company, the second version modeled after New Order's successful Blue Monday single. A suit was threatened against Bobby Orlando for audio plagiarism, but never materialized. The single reached #65 on the UK Record Mirror's Top 100 in October 1983.

You Think You're A Man

produced by Pete Waterman with Stock, Aitken and Ware.
In Tune Music Ltd/Proto Records
After the mild success of Love Reaction, Divine scored big with this single. It reached #16 on the UK Record Mirror's Top 100 in July 1984 and #8 on the Billboard Hits of the World chart for Australia. The popular UK television program, Top of the Pops, featured Divine in performance on July 19, 1984, [right] resulting in a barrage of complaints.

I'm So Beautiful

produced by Stock, Aitken, Waterman
In Tune Music Ltd/Proto Records
A video was filmed for this single, as well as a promotional tour through clubs in Europe.

The Story So Far
In Tune Music Ltd/Proto Records
A compilation of the two Proto Records singles recorded so far, as well as several O Records tracks.

Walk Like A Man/Man Talk
Twistin' The Night Away/Hard Magic

produced by Barry Evangeli, Nick Titchener and Pete Ware.
In Tune Music Ltd/Proto Records
There was a picture disc in the shape of men's briefs for the single, Walk Like A Man. Also, videos were made for the single, and for Hard Magic, the only original song written for Divine at this session.


Receiver Records reissues several of the In Tune Ltd songs on 12".

Little Baby
produced by Bruce Woolley
Don't Panic Productions

Hey, You!
Produced by everyone and their mother, as described by biographer Bernard Jay.
Don't Panic Productions
re-released on a 3" compact disc single through ZYX.

Cha-Cha Heels
Written by Steve Bronski and Larry Steinbachek from Bronski Beat for Divine. Although never recorded by Divine, it was by the incomparable Eartha Kitt.


Since her catalog is scattered on various labels, it can be difficult to track down a decent compilation of Divine's music on CD. Here are a few currently available:

This seems to be the most comprehensive collection available these days.

A six-track EP of Bobby O produced tracks

A ten-track compilation including a couple I'm unfamiliar with


Divine Live at the Hacienda
This live performance captures of one of Divine's many club appearances, this time at the famous Manchester, UK club, Hacienda, on February 16, 1983. Songs performed include Jungle Jezebel, Born To Be Cheap, Alphabet Rap, Native Love, Shoot Your Shot and Shake It Up. It's available on CD, or DVD.

Get the DVD: Live at the Hacienda

Get the CD: Born to Be Cheap

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