Thursday, July 19, 2012

Spoons - Nova Heart (US 12 Inch) (1982) @ 320 w/ Art

01) Nova Heart (Extended) @ 6:36
02) Symmetry @ 6:38


03) Nova Heart (Album Version) @ 4:21

Spoons was formed in Burlington, Ontario in 1979. The band initially consisted of Gordon Deppe (lead vocals and guitar), Sandy Horne (vocals and bass), Brett Wickens (keyboards, synths) and Peter Shepherd (drums). Deppe, Horne and Wickens attended Aldershot High School, and Deppe and Horne (the only constant members of the band) dated in high school.

In late 1979, Shepherd left the band and was replaced by Derrick Ross on drums. Spoons then released an independent single, "After the Institution", in 1980 on Mannequin Records. Shortly thereafter, Wickens left the band to release an electronica album under the pseudonym Ceramic Hello, also on Mannequin Records, and later became a graphic designer designing album covers for such artists as Peter Gabriel. He was replaced by keyboardist Rob Preuss, who was only fifteen when he joined Spoons.

The band's first album, Stick Figure Neighbourhood, was released in 1981, and is notable for being one of the earliest New Wave albums engineered by Daniel Lanois.

The following year, Spoons released their breakthrough album Arias & Symphonies. This album spawned three Top 40 hits in Canada: "Nova Heart"(released May 10th, 1982), "Arias & Symphonies", and "Smiling in Winter". All were dance-oriented New Wave hits.

"Nova Heart" was their first song to appear on the Canadian singles chart.

Following the success of the initial 7″ single version of "Nova Heart" (#40 Canada), an extended 12″ single was subsequently released. The B-side, "Symmetry," which did not appear on the Arias & Symphonies album, was a dance single, and while it did not get much airplay, it got significant play in clubs.

Around this time, Spoons' higher profile allowed them to become the opening act for bands such as Culture Club, Simple Minds, and The Police.

Sleep In My Nova Heart: Listen




  1. You know....this might be the greatest 12'' of all time. I'm not sure exactly why. Love the song and Spoons in general and I don't think they're the greatest ever, but this 12'', the two tracks, the cover, the running times of the just seems perfect!

  2. Thanks for the comment and I couldn't agree with you more! This track was profoundly inspirational to me! I used to keep this song in constant rotation during my 'Retro 80's' dj nights and it is always included in the iPod shuffle!

  3. Thank You Very Much for This.
    And for Including both the Album and Extended Versions of 'Nova Heart'.

  4. Your welscome. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  5. Thanks for this - saw this band many times. Is there anyone who didn't have a crush on Sandy Horne?


  6. I'd forgotten that Brett Wickens went on to work with Peter Saville in the 80s. Wonderful 12" by a great Canadian band!

    1. Thank you for the comment Richard!