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Silverhead were a British band led by singer Michael Des Barres, with Robbie Blunt on guitar, Rod Davies on guitar, percussion, and vocals, Nigel Harrison on bass guitar, and Pete Thompson on drums, keyboards, and vocals. (For this and the following information, see Wikipedia). Silverhead were part of the Glam Rock scene in Britain in the 1970s before the group disbanded in 1974. They recorded two albums: Silverhead (1972) and 16 and Savaged (1973). In April 2012, the band reunited in Tokyo, Japan for a set of concert dates much to the delight of their die-hard Glitter Rock fans. The global story of Silverhead is a bit of a mystery for true Glam Rock followers who have wondered, “what the heck happened?”- that this fantastic band simply disappeared off of the map in the mid-70s when they were headed for Glitter fame and fortune? The answer has finally come about this many decades later, as documented in classicrockmagazine.com: “Silverhead were regarded at the start of the 70s as the British band that would follow T-Rex and David Bowie into the stratosphere of Glam Rockers who had it all.” The truly fascinating story follows and may indeed have you on the edge of your seat, as it did this rock blogger! Silverhead fans will definitely want to read the full-version on http://www.classicrockmagazine.com. According to that website, drummer Pete Thompson, who now lives in Texas, said, “We had it all. The glam, the rock ‘n’roll, the sex appeal, the nastiness…Everything was going our way. And if you saw us live, then you’ll know we really could deliver.” Again, read the full story by Malcolm Dome on the website, but what happened next is astonishing! Silverhead were set to tour the states on a six-week tour with Fleetwood Mac; only, it wasn’t the real Fleetwood Mac but a bogus group using the F.Mac name! The group Silverhead was sent to Los Angeles once this was discovered while their management company figured out what to do next. (Obviously Silverhead did not tour with the F. Mac imposters.) So get this: when the band returned to Britain, they walked into their manager’s office at the record label, about to embark on a tour of Japan, when they were told that they were all out of a job, and that they could no longer use the Silverhead name or record! What?! How bizarre! From Malcolm Dome’s report, it took “Thompson a few years to recover” and drummer Thompson is quoted as saying, “I was so angry I didn’t play drums for a long time.”
The other short-lived Glam flash-in-the-pan rock group to be discussed here is Mud. Mud were an English Glitter rock band formed in 1968, best-known for their single “Tiger Feet.” According to Wikipedia, Mud had 14 top 20 hits in the U.K. between 1973-1976. The band members of Mud were Les Gray (lead vocals), Rob Davis (lead guitarist), Ray Stiles (bass guitarist), and Dave Mount (drummer). They signed to Mickie Most’s RAK records and had their first hit with “Crazy.” (For this and the following band history, see Wikipedia.) The other hits by Mud include “Tiger Feet” (1974), “Lonely This Christmas” (1974), “Oh Boy” cover of Buddy Holly hit (1975), and “Shake It Down” (1976). The final performance of the group Mud with original band members was in 1990 for Dave Mount’s wedding. Les Gray also toured with “Les Gray’s Mud” from 1980-1985. Ray Stiles joined the Hollies; Rob Davis went on to write several dance hits. Dave Mount went into the insurance business. He also appeared in an episode of BBC TV’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks in November 2005 which type-cast Mount as a washed-up, has-been rock star. On 12.2.06, Mud drummer Dave Mount committed suicide.
Although both these Glam Rock bands had a short history, they are still worth listening to, this many years later. Just ask any Silverhead or Mud fan. They’ll tell you.
[ There are only a handful of all female Glam Rock bands, but these true rock innovators brought about more heavy metal sounds that astounded audiences in the 70s, because at that time, no one ever imagined that girls could rock as hard as boys when it came to rock music. Yet these Glamour Rock girl musicians held their own and earned respect from international audiences and the music community at large, for their heavy metal songs, their musicianship, their sexuality, and to this day there are no equals to: Suzi Quatro, The Runaways, Girlschool, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and Lita Ford. This post will talk about Suzi Quatro and The Runaways. Please watch a later post for review of Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and the heavy metal female Glam Rock British band Girlschool.
Many people would agree that Suzi Quatro was the most ground-breaking of the female rockers. To put it succinctly, she was the first, and was the primary role model to The Runaways, an all-teenage girl group that then produced Joan Jett and Lita Ford in Glamour Rock solo careers.Suzi Quatro challenged social norms that “good girls don’t do that” by dressing all in leather, playing bass guitar and singing lead vocals in a hard rock band that produced a string of great hits, all while using sex as a come-on to the music.
Susan Kay “Suzi” Quatro is an American born rock artist from Detroit, who began her career in rock music at the age of 14, when she played bass guitar in the all-female band The Pleasure Seekers and Cradle with her sisters (Wikipedia) According to Quatro’s autobiography, her first bass guitar was a 1957 Fender Precision, given to her by her father. Suzi Quatro was born into a Catholic musical family, in that her father was a part-time jazz musician, and her sister was in another well-known girl group called Fanny. (For this and subsequent history, see Wikipedia)
Quatro moved to England in 1971 after she was discovered in Detroit by record producer Mickie Most; Most produced records by The Animals, Jeff Beck and Donovan. He started his own record label RAK records, which made famous another Glamour Rock group named Mud. Suzi Quatro had a number of blockbuster hits in the 1970s including “Can the Can” (1973), “48 Crash” (1973), “Devil Gate Drive” (1974), and “Your Mama Won’t Like Me” (1975). Quatro’s success waned in the late 70s but she came back with hits “If You Can’t Give Me Love” (1978) and “Stumblin’ In” (1978)–a duet with Chris Norman of Smokie—as well as “Rock Hard” (1980). Suzi Quatro continues to record and tour to this day. See the artist’s website http://www.suziquatro.com for further information. Most recently (2009) Suzi Quatro was selected as one of the “Twelve Queens of British Pop” by BBC TV. (See Wikipedia)
If Suzi Quatro was the Queen of British Pop, then The Runaways were the undisputed “Queens of Noise”. The remarkable story of this all female teenage band of Glam Rockers is well-known to many from the Indie Film The Runaways. The Runaways made less than 10 studio albums, their first two albums The Runaways and Queens of Noise are classic and unsurpassed Glam Rock albums. The Runaways were Cherie Currie (lead singer), Joan Jett (guitarist), Lita Ford (lead guitarist), and Sandy West (drums). It is an illustration of the power of this girl glam rock group that both Joan Jett and Lita Ford went on to form their own Glam Rock bands that achieved international fame on their own. The beginning of the Runaways is this: Guitarist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West formed the band after being introduced to each other by West Coast (Los Angeles) record producer Kim Fowley. Singer/bassist Micki Steele initially joined the group, and then Lita Ford was added. Steele was fired from the group but later formed another successful female band The Bangles. Lead singer Cherie Currie was discovered at a teen nightclub called The Sugar Shack, followed by bassist Jackie Fox. (Wikipedia). After playing the club and party circuit around L.A., the group was signed to Mercury Records, releasing their debut album The Runaways, which had such great hits as “Cherry Bomb”, “Hollywood”, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” (cover of a song by Slade), and “Rock and Roll” (cover of a song by The Velvet Underground). After achieving success in the U.S. and abroad, the group embarked on a tour of Japan in 1977 for a series of sold-out shows where they were greeted with mass hysteria everywhere, that Joan Jett later compared to “Beatlemania.” The Runaways at that time rivalled Led Zeppelin and Kiss in Japan for the biggest chart-makers. (See Wikipedia) The group, however, was never the same after an argument between Cherie Currie and Lita Ford in a photo session, famously documented in the film of the same name, which eventually led to Cherie leaving the band, and The Runaways’ fame leaving them soon after.
Nazareth was a Scottish hard rock (and Glam Rock) band that had several hits in the UK and USA in the early 1970s, garnering international fame with the release of their hard-rocking, unforgettable album Hair of the Dog. Nazareth’s most famous hits from this record album were “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog”, made well-known by the guitar hooks and lyrics of “Now You’re Messin’ with a Son of a Bitch!” Nazareth was formed in 1968 in Dunfermline, Scotland from a local group named The Shadettes (see Wikipedia) by vocalist Dan McCafferty, guitarist Manny Charlton, bass guitarist Pete Agnew, and drummer Darrell Sweet. According to Wikipedia, the fledgling band took their name from the city of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Nazareth as a band still records and tours today, and there is a complete history of the band on their website http://www.nazarethdirect.co.uk. On this website, Nazareth writes that in the early days the “Scottish promoters and ballroom managers insisted on [Scottish] groups limiting their music set-list to strictly cover singles in the UK Top 30” and that the band decided that if they were going to make it in the music business,that they would need to move to London. Nazareth writes this they did and in doing so “quitting good day jobs and moving to a grotty communal flat in London” in 1970.
The band released their debut album Nazareth in 1971, but it was not until their third album Razamanaz (produced by Roger Glover of Deep Purple) that the band began to receive recognition, with two U.K. hits, “Broken Down Angel”, and “Bad Bad Boy”. Following this came the album,
Loud N Proud (1973) which contained a cover of a song by folksinger Joni Mitchell “This Flight Tonight.” Nazareth’s fifth album was Rampant (1974) with the single “Shanghai’ed in Shanghai”. The website for Nazareth (often referred to as “Naz” by the band themselves) states this: “Musically, 1974’s Rampant was a move towards metal and it was also the last of three albums produced by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover before Naz’ Manny Charlton took over.” (http://www.nazarethdirect.co.uk). In 1975, Nazareth catapulted to international stardom with the release of Hair of the Dog with monster hits “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog”. The Nazareth website states that their label “Mooncrest” “still badly wanted another hit so Naz recorded the Everly Brothers’ hit “Love Hurts.” This went nowhere in England but was Top 10 in America, and then in Norway, it reached #1 and stayed there for 40 weeks.” The Wikipedia reference described this as “60 weeks” on the Norweigen/European charts! You can decide which is correct! Also according to Wikipedia, a second guitarist Zal Cleminson was added in 1979 for Nazareth’s album No Mean City and Malice in Wonderland. Wiki also said that in 1981 Nazareth contributed the song “Crazy (Suitable for Treatment)” to the soundtrack for the film Heavy Metal. Nazareth continued to tour and record in the 80s and 90s as their popularity began to wane, although they remained popular in Europe, particularly Germany.
The most recent updates on the band come from their website http://www.nazarethdirect.co.uk: “2004 saw the band head out to the USA, Russia, Israel and Europe with a welcome return to the UK.” and “2008 marks the 40th anniversary (of the original band’s formation in 1968)”
Nazareth’s newest album, just released, is called Big Dogz, released for 2012.
Welcome Rock Music Listeners and Glamour Rock Music and Heavy Metal Music Fans to this listing of the
“Top Twenty-Five Glam Metal Songs”of all time.
This is not a scientific list but has been gleaned from other reputable music sites, music fans, and in general just listening to all these FANTASTIC Glamour Rock Music Songs. If you want to change the list, the order, delete or add songs, add a comment or send me an email, because this list will constantly be updated and/or changed. Also, the video on this page will constantly change to reflect one of the songs by these stellar Glamour Rock and Heavy Metal music groups. ROCK ON
1. “Bang-A-Gong” (Get It On) by T-Rex 2. “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie 3. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
4. “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS 5. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen 6. “Photograph” by Def Leppard
7. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses 8. “Ballroom Blitz” by The Sweet 9. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
10. “Rock U Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions 11. “Cum on Feel the Noise” by Slade 12. “Round and Round” by RATT
13. “Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant 14. “Looking for A Kiss” by New York Dolls 15. “18 and Life” by Skidrow 16. “Jump” by Van Halen 17. “Virginia Plain” by Roxy Music 18. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue
19. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi 20. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister
21. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison 22. “Rock and Roll” by Gary Glitter 23. “Shake Me” by Cinderella
24. “Seek and Destroy” by Metallica 25. “Devil Gate Drive” by Suzi Quatro
Queen was a British rock band formed in London in 1971, consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead singer), Brian May (guitar), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor(drums). Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing in a band called Smile. According to Wikipedia, Freddie Mercury (known then by his birth name of Farrokh Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with a more elaborate stage presentation and musical style. Queen is generally known for their camp, audacious style; their rich and diversely textured vocal harmonies; and their descriptive, poetic and sometimes haunting lyrics. Mercury then joined the band and changed the name to Queen, while also taking the stage name Mercury. In 1973, Queen signed their first recording contract with EMI, and this was also the year of their first major tour. In 1974, Queen released Queen II, cited as one of the greatest Glam Rock albums of all time.
According to Wikipedia, the roots to the formation Queen date back to 1968, when guitarist Brian May was a student at London’s Imperial College along with bassist Tim Staffel, and the two decided to form a rock band. May placed an ad on the college notice board for a drummer, and Roger Taylor, who was a dental student at the time, auditioned and got the job in the group called Smile. While attending Ealing Art College, Tim Staffel became friends with Farroukh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury). Staffel subsequently went on to join another band, which did not achieve any success. Bulsara became a big fan of Smile, and after joining the group, changed the name to Queen. Meanwhile, Queen went through a number of bass guitar players before they came upon John Deacon, and once Deacon joined, the rock group was ready to start rehearsing for their first album. Bulsara adopted the English name Freddie and took the stage name Mercury, named after a line in one of Queen’s early songs My Fairy King that says “Mother Mercury, look what they’ve done to me.” (See Wikipedia)
At first after Queen recorded their demo tape of songs, no record companies were interested. In 1973, Queen signed their first recording contract with EMI, and this was also the year of their first major tour. In 1974, Queen released Queen II, cited as one of the greatest Glam Rock albums of all time. Queen enjoyed good success with Queen II (1974), but it was with the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) where the band gained international success. After the band played six consecutive nights at New York’s Uris Theatre in 1974, Brian May collapsed and was diagnosed as having hepatitis, and this event may have inspired the title of Sheer Heart Attack. It was the album A Night at the Opera that contained Queen’s massive hit,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” which stayed on the UK charts at number one for 9 weeks. Their 1977 album News of the World contained two of their most recognizable songs, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” -both staples of sports arenas everywhere.
The single “Killer Queen” reached #2 on the British charts and became Queen’s first US hit. It combines camp, vaudeville, Brian May’s guitar virtuosity (Wikipedia). An important comment must be made about the outstanding and at times absolutely astonishing guitar skills exhibited by Brian May. If you listen to “Keep Yourself Alive” or “Stone Cold Crazy” the guitar playing is truly amazing, and you wonder ‘how does he do it?!’ The high-speed rocker “Stone Cold Crazy” is technically classified as “speed metal”. A Night at the Opera is one of the most expensive albums ever produced, according to Wikipedia, and the title is taken from a famous Marx Brothers movie of the same name, and the accompanying music video is considered the first “true” music video.
In the late 1970s, Queen toured extensively, including a famous free concert in 1976 on London’s Hyde Park, as well as sold-out shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden and Earl’s Court, London. In 1978 and 1979, Queen literally toured most of the world, with the US and Canada in 1978, and Europe and Japan in 1979. The 1980s saw the release of the album The Game, with its hits “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust”. The album topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks. After attending a Queen concert in 1980, Michael Jackson suggested to Mercury backstage that they release “Another One Bites the Dust” as a single. In 1981, Queen travelled to South America and became the first rock band to play in Latin American stadiums with some of the largest concert crowds in South American history. In 1980, Queen collaborated with David Bowie on the single “Under Pressure” after Bowie happened to drop by the studio where Queen were recording. Later in 1981, Queen released the compilation Greatest Hits, which is the best-selling album in UK chart history, going 8x platinum in the United States and selling over 25 million copies worldwide.
The sentinel events in the history of the band were the Live Aid concert in Wembley Stadium July 1985 in front of a TV audience of 1.9 billion (see Wikipedia). The final tour by Queen with Freddie Mercury was in 1986. This was a pre-cursor to Freddie Mercury’s AIDS illness, which fans began to suspect due to Mercury’s deteriorating and gaunt appearance beginning in 1988. Mercury denied that he had AIDS until upon his deathbed (only 24 hours before he died on November 23, 1991), he read a prepared statement acknowledging the disease.
Queen most recently toured in 2005 with Paul Rodgers (formerly of Bad Company). See Queen’s website for current news.