Hunt Sales' first group was with brother Tony in Tony and the Tigers. They appeared on Hullabaloo in 1966 and also on the local Detroit/Windsor dance show, Swingin' Time with Robin Seymour.
In 1976, he played drums with the hard rock power trio Paris, formed by former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/songwriter Bob Welch. This trio (which included ex-Jethro Tull bassist Glenn Cornick) was short lived, releasing two albums for Capitol Records. Hunt played and sang backup vocals on the second Paris LP, Big Towne, 2061.
In 1977 Hunt, along with brother Tony, provided the rhythm section for the Iggy Pop album Lust for Life. The opening to the title track, performed by Hunt, has become one of the most famous and instantly recognisable openings in the history of rock music. David Bowie's memories of the Sales' contribution to the recording led him to invite the pair to join Tin Machine in the late 1980s.
He performed on several movie soundtracks:
1992 Dr. Giggles (writer: "Stateside")
1989 Slaves of New York ("Fall in Love with Me")
1988 Tapeheads (writer: "Now That You're Gone")
1987 American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (producer: "Tell About Mary")
He also performed in the following movies:
1991 The Linguini Incident (with David Bowie and Iman), Drummer
1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV series)– For Cryin' Out Loud, Drummer
1966 I've Got a Secret (TV series) as Himself
As of the 2000s, Sales relocated to Austin, Texas, where he produces and does session work. He was a member of a band led by Charlie Sexton, which participated as part of the Los Super Seven musical collective on Heard It on the X (2005).
With Todd Rundgren
- Big Towne, 2061 (1976)
With Iggy Pop
With Tender Fury
- Garden of Evil (1990)
With Tin Machine
- Heard It on the X, as part of Los Super Seven (Telarc, 2005)
- 2010: Sales contributed bass and percussion to the self-titled debut album by country-rock internet collaboration Fiery Blue.
- David Buckley (1999). Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.451
- Hunt & Tony Sales interview on Rundgren Radio.com
- Hunt & Tony Sales Amazon Kindle edition biography. Retrieved: 7/5/2012
- 2013 Audio Interview with Hunt Sales from the podcast "I'd Hit That"