MICHAEL DES BARRES - "It's A Dangerous Thing To Give Young Men A Million Dollars In The City Of Angels" Page 2
by Martin Popoff
The sound of Carnaby Street is a storied cross between Rolling Stones and MOTT THE HOOPLE with a little HEAVY METAL KIDS thrown in, y'know, somewhat Silverhead but not much Detective, Michael's wonderfully ragged vocals to the fore. It's the product of a life and times with no thought to preconceiving a direction...
"Well, I never, ever thought about this as a living," muses Michael. "I'd never thought about a profession, for one second, in my entire life, because you know, I was educated in these boarding schools for eight years. At 16, I went to drama school and within two months I was in To Sir, With Love, doing a movie. So, my life have has taken a trajectory of never having to actually make a decision about art, or self-expression. It sort of chose me, as it were, as cliched as that is. In terms of inspiration, there are a myriad of reasons why I did what I did, because I had this really incredible affinity with the blues, as sort of many young artists in England did. I felt this great affinity for Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters... you know, the usual list. But, I also had a great love for literature. Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, and the romanticism of the British eccentrics, and sort of put that into some strange equation, which became my raison d'etre. You know, why I wanted to be on the planet. It was never sort of obvious, saying, 'Oh, man, I'm going to make a living at playing!' I never went near thinking in those terms."
And Michael famously doesn't like labels put on his sound, although like it or not, Des Barres is somewhat associated with tat tight period of British glam rock sorta '71 to '74, because of.. well, the hat he wore in Silverhead promo shots. All kidding aside, Silverhead did glam it up a fair bit, but the fact of the matter is, they were a grinding, bluesy hard rock band.
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