Album while battling cancer
years had 25 times the acceptable level of cyanide in his blood.
Despite the hedonism of the New Zealand music scene in the 1980s, Sutherland says the medicinal marijuana is the first time he has ever taken any drug.
‘‘I’ve never smoked or taken any drugs in my life. As a young man, I was made fun of because I didn’t get involved in drugs.’’
Sutherland is planning to sell his home in Papakura, South Auckland, and use some of the proceeds to buy alternative medicines that are restricted in New Zealand.
He wants to record an album with the time he has left, of songs he’s been working on for more then a decade dedicated to his four children, and his late parents, as well as re-recording
Satellite Spies’ best-known song Destiny In Motion, which charted in 1984.
Sutherland says staff at Auckland Hospital were struck by his positive outlook.
‘‘The doctor said to me ‘you’re the happiest guy that I’ve seen with cancer’. I just don’t believe in spreading negativity.’’
‘‘You’ve just got to roll with the cards you’ve been dealt. I’m not bitter or angry.
‘‘They might say you’ve only got a year to live, or 10 years. If I was going to pass away I don’t think I’d change.’’
Satellite Spies was formed in 1984 by Sutherland and Mark Loveys, and had a top twenty hit the following year with Destiny In Motion.
Sutherland also reached No 9 on the charts in 1994 with It Must Be Love.
Deane Sutherland had hits with Satellite Spies.