Michael Des Barres has sold more than seven million albums worldwide both as an artist and a songwriter over the past five decades. His album Carnaby Street garnered a first-round Grammy nomination and two SiriusXM “Songs of the Week” last year, followed by Hot ‘n Sticky, one of the first true live rock n roll records to come out in years. His enduring love of Delta blues and the rock and soul of the mid-60s beat boom carries forth from his days as the front man for such seminal 1970s bands as Silverhead and Detective, a band personally signed by Jimmy Page to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song records.
Being no stranger to down and dirty rock, Michael released several full-length solo albums and singles. His fifth solo album, THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE was released on 2015 on FOD Records. Recorded at Forum Music Village in Rome, THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE once more reunites Michael with Nigel Harrison—former bassist of Blondie and ex-Silverhead guitarist—on bass and guitar but also showcases the talents of Clive Deamer (Portishead, Robert Plant) on drums and the ace Dani Robinson on guitar. Not one to rest on his laurels, Michael followed up the album with a pair of raucous singles, "Living in the USA" (#2 in Little Steven's Underground Garage Coolest Song in The World for 2018) and "Gotta Serve Somebody" on Steven Van Zandt's label, Wicked Cool Records.
In 2018, Michael began his latest project, forming the LA rock band The Mistakes, whose entire ethos can be summed up as, "We play very loud and we make lots of mistakes." Michael continues to prove himself as one of the most charismatic front men in rock, selling out shows across Los Angeles, and the band currently has two singles on Wicked Cool Records, "Crackle & Hiss" and "Stop! in the Name of Love" both of which are currently in heavy rotation on SiriusXM. A Live EP, Live At The Hi-Hat, will be released in February, 2020 showcasing the band's aggressive, powerful performance. More info about The Mistakes can be found HERE.
Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song “Obsession”, which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track continues to be featured in countless movies, television shows and commercials.
Crackle & Hiss/Stop In The Name Of Love (single) (2019)
Living in the USA - single (2018)
Gotta Serve Somebody - single (2018)
The Key to the Universe (2015)
2014 – single (2014)
Hot ‘n Sticky (2013)
Obsession 2013 – single (2013)
The Key of Love – single (2013)
Carnaby Street Encore Edition (2013)
Carnaby Street (2012)
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1986)
I’m Only Human (1980)
-The Power Station-
The Best of Power Station (1985)
Chequered Past (1984)
Live from the Atlantic Studios (1978)
It Takes One To Know One (1977)
Live at the Rainbow (1975)
16 and Savaged (1973)