Burning Sensations

  • Burning Sensations
  • Burning Sensations (Capitol) 1983 

After a one-album stint in the Motels, ex-Pop guitarist Tim McGovern formed an intriguing but unrealized rock band with pan-cultural aspirations. A few of the songs (most notably the wonderful “Belly of the Whale” and “Afrobilly (Live It Up),” which conflates a vague adaptation of high-life and noise-guitar) make real use of the group’s assets and ambitious ideas; the rest of the record (like covers of Creedence’s “Down on the Corner” and Hendrix’s “I Don’t Live Today”) just sink into an unfocused fog. Several of Burning Sensations’ six members went on to play in the more world-oriented Bonedaddys, for whose first album McGovern co-wrote one song.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Bonedaddys, Pop