As the British singer, songwriter, musician and actor MICHAEL DES BARRES prepares for the April 7 release of his album THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE (FOD Records), he’s partnered with YAHOO! MUSIC to exclusively premiere the album one week in advance of its release. Listen to the album—which marks his return to down and dirty rock music with heavy guitars and unflinching lyrics about life lived to the fullest—HERE. THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE is available for pre-order via iTunes HERE .
THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE was recorded at the Forum Music Village in Rome. “Around every corner [in Rome] is a fearsome statue sneering with nobility and excess at its passersby,” DES BARRES tells YAHOO! MUSIC. “To not come up to that level of expression would have sent us to the Coliseum as lunch for those hungry lions.”
Produced by Bob Rose (who’s worked on albums by Julian Lennon, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and DES BARRES’ 1986 album Somebody Up There Likes Me), THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE features DES BARRES firing on all cylinders and lighting up the rock world as only he can. The album’s first release is the two-song single with the Linda Perry-penned “Can’t Get You Off My Mind” and “I Want Love To Punch Me In The Face,” co-written by DES BARRES. To see the video for “Can’t Get You Off My Mind,” below:
To mark the album’s release, DES BARRES—who’s also a host on SiriusXM radio’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage (Channel 21, weekdays 5-8am PT and 9pm – midnight PT)–has come up with his “Top Ten Keys To The Universe”:
- The key to the universe is E Major.
- The key to the universe is you because without you, there is no universe.
- The key to the universe is knowing the worst lie you can tell is to yourself.
- The key to the universe is knowing our secrets are all the same.
- The key to the universe is knowing being prejudiced has a price and love is not for sale.
- The key to the universe is giving it up…to get it back.
- The key to the universe is being completely ignorant of time.
- The key to the universe is the mantra: no past, no future, no problem.
- The key to the universe is seeing yourself in others.
- The key to the universe is there’s no lock.
About MICHAEL DES BARRES:
The Hove, Sussex-born MICHAEL DES BARRES’ first foray into film was in 1967 being cast alongside Sidney Poitier for the film To Sir With Love in which he played an East End pupil who always wore dark sunglasses. After further acting success was found in The Dirtiest Show In Town, DES BARRES officially abandoned acting in 1972 and fulfilled a long-held dream to formSilverhead. In 1974 DES BARRES disbanded the group after two well-received albums and subsequent tours of the USA, Europe and Japan and moved to Los Angeles (with 200 dollars and a hairdryer) where he was met at the airport by a girl who would turn out to be the future Pamela Des Barres. Pamela was dating Jimmy Page at the time but the two soon fell in love and DES BARRES managed to remain friends with Page who subsequently signed MICHAEL’s new band Detective to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. By the time 1978 came along, MICHAEL had radically altered his view on rock music after witnessing an extraordinary Sex Pistols’ gig in San Francisco and split Detective up to later sign a solo deal with Dreamland Records in 1980. In1982, DES BARRES fronted Chequered Past which featured Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison (Blondie) and Tony Sales (David Bowie’s Tin Machine) who released their self-titled album on EMI Records in 1984. DES BARRES co-wrote and recorded “Obsession” in 1983 which was covered by Animotion two years later, becoming a multi-million- selling worldwide hit. He also replaced Robert Palmer in Duran Duran spinoff band, Power Station who performed at 1985’s Live Aid. The late 80’s saw DES BARRES head back into acting with roles starring opposite Clint Eastwood in Pink Cadillac and he continued to take lead film roles in Midnight Cabaret, Under Siege, Poison Ivy, The New Seduction and Sugar Town along with playing the master assassin and master of disguise Murdoc in TV series “MacGyver.” DES BARRES’ more recent forays into the public arena have seen him return to his true love—rock music—with two self-released albums: a studio record called Carnaby Street and Hot n Sticky Live, recorded at Los Angeles’ Viper Room.
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