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.