Burning Sensations

Barely Appreciated

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.  (More from Wikipedia)
The Modern Lovers is probably best known for their song “Pablo Picasso”. (Another of their tracks is “Roadrunner”; Roadrunner” was covered by Sex Pistols on their little-known, sort-of second album, The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle). I actually first heard the song on the Phranc album, Positively Phranc (1991), where (with Jonathan Richman’s blessing) she had rewritten the song as “Gertrude Stein” in honor of the famed Paris avant-garde writer Gertrude Stein who was the life partner of Alice B. Toklas – her 1954 recipe for marijuana brownies was celebrated in the Peter Sellers film, I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). An excerpt of “Pablo Picasso” (as performed by Burning Sensations) appears in the 1985 cult classic film, Repo Man that has been in heavy rotation on my TiVo for most of the year.  
(December 2016)
Last edited: March 22, 2021