Music: The return of ‘glam rock icon’ Michael Des Barres
Legendary frontman Michael Des Barres – he of Silverhead, Detective and Chequered Past fame – is set to return with a new album titled Carnaby Street.
Track: Michael Des Barres – You’re My Pain Killer
File under: Oscar Wilde in velvet jeans
Carnaby Street sees Des Barres revisiting his youth in swinging London.
“The music I am making now is inspired by my past in the mid 60s and early 70s,” he explains. “As a kid I would go watch all the skinny white blues rock’n'roll musicians in the clubs and it hit me like a hammer!
“I was so influenced by both the courage of these young white guys combined with the soulful rawness of the African American bluesmen, and the hybrid was so fascinating to me that it really stimulated my entire musical vocabulary.
“So, a couple of years ago, when I started writing songs again, I realised that I wanted these new songs to be as authentic as [those] I had initially heard and was inspired by.”
The album is out on July 10 – and more info is here.
Here’s Carnaby Street‘s opening track, You’re My Pain Killer:
And forgive us if we indulge ourselves, but here’s a glimpse of prime-time Des Barres in his Silverhead days. Lovin’ those eye-wateringly tight white strides…