Burning Sensations

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Burning Sensations
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresNew wave
Years active1982 (1982)–1987 (1987)
Associated actsThe Motels
Past membersTim McGovern
Rob Rio Hasik
Barry "The Hatchet" Wisdom
Morley Bartnof
Jeff Hollie
Michael Temple

Burning Sensations was a short-lived Los Angeles area rock band. The group is best known for its MTV hit "Belly of the Whale", the music for which blends a rather unusual fusion of rock and calypso styles, and for covering the Jonathan Richman song "Pablo Picasso", which was included in both the 1984 film and soundtrack of director Alex Cox's Repo Man starring 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.[1] He is currently fronting the classic rock band Knucklehead in the Pacific Northwest.


Burning Sensations included:

  • Tim McGovern - lead vocals, guitar synthesizers
  • Rob Rio Hasick - bass, guitar, synthesizer
  • Barry "The Hatchet" Wisdom - Drums
  • Morley Bartnof - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jeff Hollie - saxophones, backing vocals
  • Michael Temple - hand-drums-timbales, percussion


  • Belly of the Whale EP (1982)
  • Burning Sensations LP (1983)[2] – Capitol/EMI Records, produced by Tim McGovern and David Jerden
    • "Not Cloudy All Day"
    • "Beat Temptation"
    • "Belly of the Whale"
    • "Maria (You Just Don't Know What You're Dealing With)"
    • "Sea Shanty"
    • "Is This What You Mean?"
    • "Down on the Corner" (Writer:John Fogerty)
    • "I Don't Live Today" (Writer: Jimi Hendrix)
    • "Afrobilly (Live It Up)"
    • "Envy"
  • Repo Man Soundtrack (1984)


  1. ^ "Burning Sensations". Musician. Gloucester, MA: Amordian Press (57–67): 98. 1983. ISSN 0733-5253. OCLC 8480685. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  2. ^ McClintock, J. Scott. "Burning Sensations Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 27, 2011.