Silverhead – 16 and Savaged (1973)

Silverhead_16Savaged3.5 out of 5 Stars!

In the early ’70s, Silverhead released two solid studio albums of bluesy Hard Rock with glammy overtones, bringing to mind a cross between artists such as Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Faces, Mott The Hoople, and T-Rex.

Led by flamboyant singer Michael Des Barres (Detective/Chequered Past) and also including bassist Nigel Harrison (Blondie/Chequered Past), the band churned out some raw and sleazy tunes that had great commercial potential. For instance, on 16 and Savaged, the band’s second and final album, the rousing opener “Hello New York” has a similar vibe to Bowie’s “Suffragette City” with sax included, while the suggestively named “More Than Your Mouth Can Hold” has the same downtown strut as the Rolling Stones’ “Happy.”

Regardless, primed for stardom, the band never got the major push from its record label, and instead of gaining fame to match similar bands of the era, Silverhead garnered nothing more than a cult following and remains virtually unknown all these decades later. A crying shame.

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