I can get a lot of reading done :: VOTD

Belly of the Whale :: Burning Sensations
from the S/T album

Belly of the Whale is the best known song from short-lived Los Angeles band, Burning Sensations. Their sound was a blending a rather unique fusion of rock and calypso styles. The band was also known for covering Jonathan Richman’s song, Pablo Picasso, which was included in both the 1984 film and soundtrack to Repo Man, which starred Harry Dean Stanton and Emilio Estevez.

Burning Sensations formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1987. The founder and leader of Burning Sensations, Tim McGovern, was previously a member of The Motels. He is currently fronting the classic rock band Knucklehead in the Pacific Northwest.

Editor’s Note: The local radio station of my youth, my adolescence and my early twenties was KROQ. These were the days of radio DJ’s who chose their set-lists, who broke bands, who had unique styles, and helped shape much of my early music tastes. I remember sitting next to my tape-to-tape player, with my fingers poised and ready on the “record” and “play buttons, the radio playing, waiting to catch my favorite songs. This song was the first song I ever heard play on the station. I was in the backseat, my Mother was stuck in traffic on the 5 freeway, and I held in my lap a portable radio with a one ear headphone in. This song started and I felt like I was in on a secret, discovering something magical, music that felt all my own.

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3 thoughts on “I can get a lot of reading done :: VOTD

  1. I greatly appreciate your blog about our band In 1983 I walked into KROQ in Pasadena & gave 2 copies of our EP to Rachel Donahue She gave the 2nd copy to Jed The Fish & later that afternoon I heard Belly on KROQ for the first time on his show ( see “The Things We Do” for the high if that first radio experience). One Day I’ll write a book about our great time performing,, recording & Rocking cheers Morley Bartnoff Keyboards

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    I greatly appreciate your blog about our band. In 1983 I walked into KROQ in Pasadena & gave 2 copies of our EP to Rachel Donahue. She gave the 2nd copy to Jed The Fish & later that afternoon I heard Belly on KROQ for the first time on his show (see “The Things We Do” for the high of that first radio experience). One Day I’ll write a book about our great time performing, recording & Rocking.

    cheers Morley Bartnoff Keyboards

  3. Thank you so much for your comment, Morley. It was the very first song I ever heard on KROQ and I loved it then, and still love it so much today.

    I think you should write that book!

    xo Laura

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