Desire: Broken Heart (1985)

 |   |  1 min read

Desire: Broken Heart (1985)

You probably didn't need me to add the date for this one pulled From the Vaults. The hair says it all. Hers too.

Desire were singer/keyboard player Suzie Divine and guitarist/keyboard player Gary Havoc, the latter being somewhat of a fixture on the New Zealand music scene at the time.

He'd been in a few bands if I recall, certainly Gary Havoc and the Hurricanes during the late Seventies who were more rhythm and blues, and played places like Mainstreet and Island of Real. They had an EP out on the RTC label also.

By the mid Eighties though he was firmly entrenched in the big hair/New Wave/hard rock thing.

Of Suzie I know nothing, except she seems to have gone to the same hairdresser as Kim Willoughby at the time.

This song -- lifted from vinyl -- comes from their EP (which included a song called So Divine which was smart self-referencing) and also playing on the four songs are bassists Mark Huckstep and Robbie Robertson, and drummers Simon Hannah and Mark Hansen, a variable line-up which suggest Desire were a studio confection rather than a touring band.

I could be wrong.

Of interest too is the name Gary Harvey as one of the backing singers (billed as The Yobs).

Recorded at Mandrill and released on WEA -- which was a Big Deal -- it is also identified as Havoc 1.

I wonder of there was a Havoc 2 release?

Anyone enlighten us on Desire?

For more one-off or unusual songs with an interesting backstory see From the Vaults.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   From the Vaults articles index

Janis Joplin: Trouble in Mind (1965)

Janis Joplin: Trouble in Mind (1965)

The great Janis Joplin has been dead for over four decades now but it would be fair to observe that no woman in rock has ever approached her deep understanding of the blues and earthy, powerful... > Read more

The Music Convention: Bellyboard Beat (1968)

The Music Convention: Bellyboard Beat (1968)

Some years ago while researching and writing the liner notes to a series of New Zealand psychedelic collections put together by Grant Gillanders, I came upon this track . . . and just kept playing... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Highway 101; West Coast USA: My way or the highway

Highway 101; West Coast USA: My way or the highway

Frankly, it doesn’t come much less glamorous than Crescent City in northern California. Fast food outlets encircle our motel and cooking oil hangs heavy in the night air, so I wander the... > Read more

Roger McGuinn: The Byrd who can't fly from his past

Roger McGuinn: The Byrd who can't fly from his past

The backstage meet'n'greet is usually an uncomfortable if not dire affair. Record company types, tour managers, promoter's flunkies and various levels of B-grade guests -- such a myself -- mill... > Read more