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Exactly like every music movement, the initial glam rock period of the first ’70s spawned both renowned performers (David Bowie, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, Slade, etc.) and rings that by no means caught on despite high expectations, such as for example Jobriath, the brand new York Dolls, and Silverhead. Made up of Michael Des Barres (vocals), Pole Davies (percussion, vocals, acoustic guitar), Nigel Harrison (bass), Pete Thompson (keyboards, drums), and Stevie Forest (acoustic guitar, vocals), Silverhead authorized on with Deep Purple’s short-lived label, Crimson Records, in the first ’70s. The English quintet’s self-titled debut was released in 1972, with creation chores dealt with by Deep Crimson/future-Iron Maiden studio room guy Martin Birch. Judging from your recording cover only (which demonstrated a dolled-up Des Barres, posing for the video camera and wearing large bell-bottom trousers), Des Barres was the band’s innovator and main center point from your get-go. Equipped with such T. Rex-esque track game titles as “Very long Legged Lisa,” “Ace Supreme,” and “Metallic Boogie,” Silverhead must have fit in flawlessly using the genre’s large hitters, but also for factors unidentified, Silverhead’s debut didn’t catch on using the public. Forest was changed by Robbie Blunt for the group’s sophomore work, 1973’s 16 and Savaged, but like its forerunner, it too didn’t ignite the graphs. An appearance within an unreleased film called Arizonaslim didn’t boost music group morale, as Silverhead split shortly thereafter, using a post-mortem live record being released in Japan during 1976, Live at Rainbow. Harrison continued to be always a person in another overlooked ’70s rock clothing, Nite Town, before putting your signature on on with fresh influx hitmakers Blondie, while Blunt would play on many single produces by ex-Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Flower through the ’80s. Des Barres also continuing on, 1st as an associate from the obscure clothing Detective, then like a single artist and Television/film actor, before getting a gig as Robert Palmer’s alternative within the Duran Duran off-shoot group the energy Train station. Although Des Barres by no means recorded using the band, it had been the Des Barres-led edition of the group that performed in the mammoth Live Help advantage concert in 1985. In the past due ’90s, both Silverhead and 16 and Savaged had been reissued on Compact disc with remastered audio and extra reward tracks, furthermore to some other live recording being issued exclusively for japan market, Display Me Everything.

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Full Name Silverhead
Music Songs 16 and Savaged, Rolling With My Baby, Ace Supreme, Long Legged Lisa, Hello New York, Wounded Heart, Sold Me Down the River, Underneath the Light, More Than Your Mouth Can Hold, Rock Out Claudette Rock Out, Bright Light, Silver Boogie, This Ain't a Parody, Oh No No No, Cartoon Princess, Heavy Hammer, Will You Finance My Rock and Roll Band, Rock and Roll Band, Ace Supreme 7" Version, In Your Eyes, Only You, Johnny, James Dean
Albums 16 and Savaged, Silverhead, Live at the Rainbow London


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#Fact
1 He appeared in both Superboy (1988) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).
2 Has a son, Nick Des Barres (born September 30, 1978), with ex-wife Pamela Des Barres.
3 Des Barres formed his first band Silverhead in England in 1972. They recorded two albums and toured the U.S., Europe and Japan, before disbanding in 1974.
4 Was invited by Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor to succeed Freddie Mercury as the lead singer of Queen. Des Barres turned them down because he wasn't sure he'd be right for the task.
5 His last name is pronounced "Deb-Barr".
6 As a member of Power Station, Michael Des Barres co-wrote and co-performed "We Fight For Love", the end-title-song for Commando (1985). He did not, however, appear in the movie.
7 He appeared on MacGyver (1985) as "Murdoc", an insane and ruthless villain who always seems to come back from the dead. His was originally slated to be a one-time appearance. Yet because he did such a good job, producers Henry Winkler and John Rich gave Michael Des Barres a recurring role.
8 He wrote the lyrics to the song "Cleo Rocks" for MacGyver (1985), episode #4.9 of the same name.
9 Replaced Robert Palmer as lead singer of Power Station when Robert Palmer was unable to tour with the group in 1985.
10 Appeared on the original WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) as "Sir Charles 'Dog' Weatherbee," member of the fictional British hard-rock band "Scum of the Earth." Fourteen years later, he became a regular cast member of The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991) as disc jockey Jack Allen.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Me 2014/I Sanford
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2014 TV Series Marty 'The Cat' Kirch
NCIS 2012 TV Series Del Finney
Suits 2012 TV Series Sergei Baskov
The Finder 2012 TV Series Icepick
California Solo 2012 Wendell
Terra Incognita 2010 Short Therapist
Bones 2010 TV Series Simon Graham
Nip/Tuck 2007 TV Series Everett Poe
Four Kings 2006 TV Series Nick Dresden / Nick
Alias 2005 TV Series Miles Devereaux
Hawaii 2004 TV Series Preston Tucker
Dead Like Me 2004 TV Series Gideon Jeffries
JAG 1997-2004 TV Series Howie Black / King Josif
Frasier 2004 TV Series Georges
Catch That Kid 2004 Brisbane
Gilmore Girls 2002 TV Series Claude Clemenceau
My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star 2002 TV Series Eric Darnell
She Spies 2002 TV Series Dr. Zirby
Charmed 2002 TV Series Dark Priest
Ocean Park 2002 Gower
Providence 2002 TV Series Yule
Dead Last 2001 TV Series J. L. Crawford
Diary of a Sex Addict 2001 Video Sammy Horn
The Man from Elysian Fields 2001 Nigel
Good Advice 2001 Michael Des Barres (as Michael DesBarres)
What They Wanted, What They Got 2001 Short Jimmy Cotton
Mulholland Dr. 2001 Billy
Poison 2000 TV Movie Evan Lazlo
Men Named Milo, Women Named Greta 2000 Short Christian Bell
The Hungry Bachelors Club 1999 Harold Spinner
Nash Bridges 1999 TV Series Niles Maynard
Sugar Town 1999 Nick
Jungle Book: Lost Treasure 1998 Kohabeez
The Pretender 1998 TV Series Douglas Willard, The Blue Moon Killer
Just Shoot Me! 1998 TV Series Nick Hewitt
Poison Ivy: The New Seduction 1997 Video Ivan Greer
Ellen 1995-1997 TV Series The Patient / Nigel the Director
Roseanne 1991-1997 TV Series Dr. Phillips / Steven / Jerry Gimbel
Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1997 TV Series Haman / Royal Guard
Melrose Place 1996-1997 TV Series Arthur Field
Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm 1996 TV Series Kano Shao Kahn Captain
Sliders 1996 TV Series Prof. Vincent Cardoza
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996 TV Series Rodney / Merlin
Spider-Man 1996 TV Series Jackson Weele
Widow's Kiss 1996 TV Movie Steven Rose
Limp Fangs 1996 Video
New York Daze 1995 TV Series
Freakazoid! 1995 TV Series Man In Hole
Renegade 1995 TV Series Michael St. John
The Commish 1995 TV Series Aaron DeFord
Marker 1995 TV Series Beau
Northern Exposure 1994 TV Series Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1994 TV Series Lenny Stoke
A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 Bryce (as Michael des Barres)
Silk Degrees 1994 Degrillo
The High Crusade 1994 Monsieur du Lac
L.A. Law 1994 TV Series Mr. Allesio
Deep Red 1994 TV Movie Lew Ramirez
Seinfeld 1993 TV Series Restaurateur
The Jackie Thomas Show 1993 TV Series Documentary Director
The Legend of Prince Valiant 1992 TV Series John / Black Rose Member
Under Siege 1992 Domiani
Batman: The Animated Series 1992 TV Series Nostromos / Carl Fowler
The Hat Squad 1992 TV Series
The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991-1992 TV Series Jack Allen
Waxwork II: Lost in Time 1992 George
Superboy 1991 TV Series Adam Verrell
MacGyver 1987-1991 TV Series Murdoc
Midnight Cabaret 1990 Paul Van Dyke
Super Force 1990 TV Series Jesse Caldwell
Father Dowling Mysteries 1990 TV Series Alex Sawyer
21 Jump Street 1989 TV Series Gavin McHugh / Mr. Karst
Pink Cadillac 1989 Alex
Life on the Flipside 1988 TV Movie Elliot Weedle
ALF 1988 TV Series Eddie
Ohara 1988 TV Series Roderick McConnell
J.J. Starbuck 1988 TV Series Benny 'Ben Franklin' Bijou
Miami Vice 1985-1988 TV Series Shane Dubois / Power Station Vocalist
Free Spirit 1987 TV Movie Oliver Faraday
Nightflyers 1987 Jon Winderman
Sledge Hammer! 1987 TV Series Sir Guy
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1987 TV Series Simon
My Sister Sam 1986 TV Series Emmet Gentry
The Hitchhiker 1986 TV Series The Wise Man
St. Elsewhere 1985 TV Series Donald
Ghoulies 1984 Malcolm Graves
Cagney & Lacey 1983 TV Series Malcolm Kingsley
Hart to Hart 1980 TV Series Syd Sado
The Rockford Files 1979 TV Series Gordon Flack / Keith
WKRP in Cincinnati 1978 TV Series Sir Charles 'Dog' Weatherby - member, Scum of the Earth
Six Days of Justice 1972 TV Series Glover
I, Monster 1971 Boy in alley
Dixon of Dock Green 1968 TV Series Philip Baker
The First Lady 1968 TV Series Barry Wainwright
You and the World 1968 TV Series Tim
To Sir, with Love 1967 Williams (as Micheal Des Barres)
Z Cars 1967 TV Series Young Drunk
Mrs Thursday 1967 TV Series Laurence Mayne
Whack-O! 1960 TV Series Floyd

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dallas Buyers Club 2013 writer: "Obsession"
Psych 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Quixote's Island 2011 writer: "Obsession" - as Des Barre
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 writer: "Obsession"
Adventureland 2009 writer: "Obsession" - as Michael Phillip Des Barres
30 Rock 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Midnight Heat 2007 writer: "Obsession"
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 2007 Documentary writer: "Obsession"
El cantante 2006 writer: "Obsession"
Adam & Steve 2005 writer: "Obsession"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game writer: "Obsession" - as M. Des Barnes
Just Can't Get Enough 2002 writer: "Obsession"
Lucky Numbers 2000 writer: "Obsession"
Sugar Town 1999 "Gravy Stain Girl"
Edge of Seventeen 1998 writer: "Obsession" - as Michael Philip Des Barres
Writer's Block 1990 Short writer: "Obsession"
MacGyver 1989 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Distant Thunder 1988 as Michael DesBarres, "Too Far Too Fast"
World Gone Wild 1987 writer: "A World Gone Wild"
9½ Weeks 1986 producer: "I Do What I Do Theme from 9 1/2 Weeks" - as Michael DesBarres / writer: "I Do What I Do Theme from 9 1/2 Weeks" - as Michael DesBarres
Knight Rider 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Commando 1985 lyrics: "WE FIGHT FOR LOVE"
The Boys Next Door 1985 writer: "Let Me Rock"
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985 TV Series writer: "Obsession" - as Rick DeBarres
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 1985 performer: "The Secret Is Safe" - as Michael Desbarres / writer: "The Secret Is Safe" - as Michael Desbarres
A Night in Heaven 1983 performer: "Obsession" / writer: "Obsession"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deathbed Salesman: My conversation with Kim Fowley 2013 Documentary short co-writer completed

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deathbed Salesman: My conversation with Kim Fowley 2013 Documentary short producer completed

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deathbed Salesman: My conversation with Kim Fowley 2013 Documentary short completed
Allee Willis Loves Detroit Documentary filming
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin 2015 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Ghoulies: From Toilets to Terror - The Making of Ghoulies 2015 Video documentary short Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2015 TV Series Himself
Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me to Be? 2014 Documentary Himself
Inside Metal: The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal 2014 Documentary
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Power of Wow 2011 Documentary short
Love Lounge 2005 TV Series Himself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself - Silverhead
E! True Hollywood Story 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1987 TV Series Himself
The Bruce Forsyth Show 1966 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Spend the Night Together 2010 Documentary Himself
Superboy 1992 TV Series Adam Verrell
MacGyver 1989-1991 TV Series Murdoc

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Action on Film Award Action on Film International Film Festival, USA Legends Award
2002 Feature Film Award New York International Independent Film & Video Festival Best Actor Ocean Park (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) · Jonathan Elias
· John Taylor


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#Quote
1 [on turning down Queen's offer to have him as their new lead singer] Freddie Mercury's shoes are very hard to fill. What threw me off, more than anything else, were the high heels.


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