Underappreciated Brit glam-rockers SILVERHEAD are in line for a bit of attention, as their long-lost 70s albums get the reissue treatment from Cherry Red Records.

Fronted by aristocratic singer and actor Michael Des Barres, Silverhead signed to DEEP PURPLE’s label Purple Records for two studio albums, the eponymous Silverhead in 1972 and 16 And Savaged – with its infamous sleeve image – the following year. Despite never achieving much success, they have enjoyed a cult status, influencing the 80s UK sleaze scene.

With Cherry Red now resurrecting the Purple imprint, both studio albums are reissued with a wealth of bonus material, while a third release Live At The Rainbow London – a support set for NAZARETH, originally issued in Japan in 1975 – comes complete with a previously unreleased BBC In Concert performance from ’73.

Out on CD on 5 August, all three albums are available to pre-order here.

Following the break-up of Silverhead, bassist Nigel Harrison would find success with BLONDIE, later teaming up again with Des Barres and SEX PISTOL Steve Jones in CHEQUERED PAST.

Also known for being married to legendary groupie Pamela Des Barres, as well as replacing Robert Palmer in POWER STATION, Michael Des Barres is the subject of a new documentary Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be?

Check out ’16 And Savaged’ on YouTube.

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  • steve snelling on

    Was very lucky to have seen Silverhead live 1974 Hemel Hempstead pavilion i was only 14 years old Des
    Barres was one of the greatest front men i have ever witness,the likes of David lee Roth and Axl Rose owe Des Barre a great debt.

  • border line on

    What a great band. I was reading an article about 25 years ago where they were mentioned in passing and it just said that Iggy loved them. Well that was good enough for me. Bought the albums. Great stuff. I consider them a bit like an English New York Dolls. Both bands had tons of influences, both made a couple of great albums and partied on the self-destruct button. Both 100% rock n roll. They weren’t made to last, but both bands did last through the amount of bands they influenced. They truely are Gods of Glam…

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