Satellite Spies Profile

Glen Moffatt
6 Aug 2016

When it comes to Satellite Spies, Mark Loveys and Deane Sutherland agree on two things – they were both in the band when it had a monster radio hit with ‘Destiny In Motion’ in 1985 and when it supported Dire Straits on their New Zealand tour in 1986. That’s it.

There was a bust-up later in 1986 and guitarist Sutherland exited to Australia. Singer-songwriter Loveys recruited a replacement and continued until his band folded in 1988. At the same time, Sutherland trademarked the Satellite Spies name, returning in the 1990s with the NZ Top 10 single, ‘It Must Be Love’.

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Satellite Spies’ Mark Loveys, 1985
Destiny In Motion producer Tim Palmer (left) and Satellite Spies guitarist Deane Sutherland hamming it up at Mandrill Recording Studios, 1985.
Satellite Spies in the mid-1990s. Left to right: Graeme Scott, Deane Sutherland, Nathan Billings.
Satellite Spies open for Dire Straits, March 1986. Left to right: Mark Watson, Mark Loveys (obscured), Deane Sutherland. 
Photo credit: Mark Watson collection
Satellite Spies in the mid-1990s. Left to right: Nathan Billings, Deane Sutherland, Graeme Scott.
A misspelled Satellite Spies sign on the dotted line with Reaction Records, January 1, 1985.
Destiny In Motion producer Tim Palmer, Satellite Spies guitarist Deane Sutherland and the LP’s engineer Chris Sheldon at Mandrill Recording Studios, 1985.
Mark Loveys cutting vocals at Mandrill Recording Studios for Satellite Spies’ Destiny In Motion LP, 1985
The final line-up of Mark Loveys’ Satellite Spies, late 1980s. Left to right: Gordon Joll, Mark Loveys, Dave Curtis, Eddie Pausma.
Satellite Spies in the mid-1990s. Left to right: Deane Sutherland, Daniel “Beaver” Pooley, Lyle Jenkins.
Satellite Spies - Daddy's Gone To War
Satellite Spies - Destiny In Motion (1985)
Satellite Spies, Queensland, 1989. Left to right: John Godfrey, Deane Sutherland, Hamish Sutherland.
Satellite Spies - Private Detective (1987)
Satellite Spies, 1985. Deane Sutherland (left) and Mark Loveys.
It Must Be Love
The final line-up of Mark Loveys’ Satellite Spies, late 1980s. Left to right: Eddie Pausma, Mark Loveys, Gordon Joll, Dave Curtis.
Satellite Spies at Mandrill Recording Studios, 1985. Mark Loveys (left) and Deane Sutherland.
Satellite Spies on the Dire Straits Brothers In Arms Tour of New Zealand, 1986. Left to right: Tim Wedde, Peter Warren, Mark Watson, Mark Loveys, sound man Roland Morris. Deane Sutherland is absent.
Photo credit: Mark Watson collection
Satellite Spies, 1985. Mark Loveys (left) and Deane Sutherland
Satellite Spies guitarist Deane Sutherland and producer Tim Palmer at Mandrill Recording Studios, 1985.
Satellite Spies feature as the Dolly magazine mini poster, 1985. Mark Loveys (left) and Deane Sutherland.
Mark Loveys (left) and The Mockers’ Brett Adams in action with Satellite Spies, late 1986.
Satellite Spies - I Wish I'd Asked (That Girl) (1985)
Drummer Gordon Joll on the road with Satellite Spies, circa 1987
Glyn Tucker Jnr in his Mandrill office, 1986. The Satellite Spies album was one of the biggest successes for his Reaction label.
Producer Tim Palmer, engineer Chris Sheldon, Mark Loveys and Deane Sutherland take a break from Satellite Spies’ Destiny In Motion sessions, 1985.
Mark Loveys soon after the 1988 demise of Satellite Spies
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Trivia:

‘Destiny In Motion’ producer Tim Palmer went on to produce and mix albums by Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, U2, Pearl Jam and David Bowie’s Tin Machine, while engineer Chris Sheldon produced and mixed albums by Foo Fighters, Garbage, Pixies and Jeff Beck.

Since his Satellite Spies days, Mark Loveys is the co-founder and original developer of business management and accounting software Exonet aka MYOB EXO.

In 2015, Deane Sutherland’s son Lewis Tiller was selected to play for English Premier League soccer club West Ham United’s under-18 squad after trials in Auckland.

Members:

Deane Sutherland - vocals, guitar

Mark Loveys - vocals, bass guitar