Satellite Spies was a popular New Zealand based two piece band formed in the early 1980s, comprising Mark Loveys (singer, songwriter and bass player) and Deane Sutherland (aka Tommy Joy, singer and guitarist). Hit singles included "Destiny in Motion", "I Wish I'd Asked That Girl To Dance" and "Hold on to the Night".
The band was created in 1984 to answer a demand from investors eager to place surplus funds into a project that had taxation implications, before a change in the New Zealand tax legislation made this difficult or impossible. The project was created by Glenn Holland for an Auckland record label. The album was produced by Tim Palmer who also contributed keyboards.
In 1985 they were voted "Most Promising Band" and lead singer Mark Loveys was voted "Most Promising Male Vocalist" at the New Zealand Music Awards (refer 1985 in New Zealand).
Satellite Spies spent the next few years with several changes of band members but Deane Sutherland continued to be the 'Face' of the band and the manager/lead singer. He and Mark Loveys parted company. In the 90's the Band continued to tour New Zealand and put out a new single called 'It must be Love' this was fairly popular. In 2001 on New Years Eve the band played their last gig as main act at Whangamata.