Thursday, March 7, 2019

#29. "Moonlight Desires" - Gowan (1987)

"A Criminal Mind" showed off Gowan's uniqueness. "Strange Animal" proof he could rock. "Cosmetics" was groovy. 

But "Moonlight Desires" is...spiritual.

Mayans. Mullets. Battlestar Galactica.

Full disclosure: I lifted that last bit from the You Tube comments but it's a fitting summary. 

"Moonlight Desires" may as well been created on another planet, a verse from another universe: it touches the soul and makes the goosebumps. 

The arrangement impeccable, the lyrics magical, the vocals haunting, the setting majestic. It's everything I love about the 80s, a reminder how fortunate to have grown up during this era.

The collaboration with Jon Anderson (YES) is a perfect harmony, a sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi character dropping in from another dimension to connect with Luke (Gowan).


  1. great song, saw him in concert with Supertramp, blew them away

    1. So before Moonlight Desires. I can see Gowan outperforming Supertramp live (as crazy as that sounds) due to his epic charisma.