Michael Des Barres has sold more than seven million albums worldwide both as an artist and a songwriter over the past five decades. 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.
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. 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.
Showcasing his love of down and dirty rock, Michael released several full-length solo albums and singles. His album Carnaby Street garnered a first-round Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album at the 55th Grammy Awards and two SiriusXM “Coolest Song in The World” nods, followed by Hot ‘n Sticky, one of the first true live rock n roll records to come out in years, and The Key to the Universe. 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 were released in 2018. Michael's latest release on Wicked Cool Records came out on May 15 with his version of "Anarchy in the UK", produced and arranged by Steven VanZandt.
In 2018, Michael formed 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" . Released in July of 2019, "Crackle and Hiss" was named "Coolest Song In The World" the week after its release. A Live EP, Live At The Hi-Hat, will be released in July, 2020 showcasing the band's aggressive, powerful performance.
Crackle & Hiss/Stop In The Name Of Love (single) (2019)
Anarchy in the UK - single (2020)
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)