Detective (band)

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OriginUnited States of America
GenresHard rock, funk rock, soul
Years active1977–1979
LabelsSwan Song, Atlantic
Associated actsSteppenwolf, Yes, Silverhead, Chequered Past, Kozmic Blues Band, Power House
Past membersTony Kaye
Michael Monarch
Michael Des Barres
Bobby Pickett
Jon Hyde

Detective was an American/English rock band that toured and recorded in the late 1970s. Detective consisted of vocalist Michael Des Barres, guitarist Michael Monarch, bassist Bobby Pickett (not the 1960s singer of the same name), ex-Yes organist Tony Kaye, and drummer Jon Hyde. The band released two albums,[1] Detective (produced by the band, Andy Johns and Jimmy Robinson) and It Takes One to Know One in 1977, as well as Live From The Atlantic Studios, a promotional LP recorded only for radio broadcast, in 1978.

"They were good," recalled Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, on whose Swan Song label Detective debuted. "That first album of theirs, it was really good. It should have been more popular, shouldn't it?"[2]

In support of their second album, It Takes One To Know One, Detective went on the road as the supporting act for Kiss. Kiss liked Detective so much that they actually considered recording one of their songs, "Ain't None Of Your Business", with Peter Criss on lead vocals. Demos exist of the Kiss version, but the song never made it onto a Kiss album or was ever played live.

Detective did go into the studio in 1978 with producer, Tom Dowd, to record their third album. While their first two albums were on Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, Atlantic Records took over the band for their third release. Atlantic wanted a hit single from the band. Dowd brought in a song from a then unknown singer-songwriter named John Cougar, "I Need a Lover". According to Monarch, they really didn't want to record it, but they did. It remains unreleased to this day along with a couple of other original songs. Monarch went on to say that the members of Detective were moving in different directions and the group decided to disband.

Michael Des Barres from the band performed songs on the fourth episode of the first season of the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati as part of the fictional hoodlum rock group "Scum of the Earth". Michael Des Barres (who played "Sir Charles Weatherbee" aka "Dog") and two other actors (Peter Elbling, as "Blood", and Jim Henderson, as "Nigel") played the part of the band during most of the TV show, but the band Detective performed on the end of the show segment.


Detective (Swan Song Records, 1977) U.S. #135[3][edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Recognition" - (Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Michael Monarch) - 4:27
  2. "Got Enough Love" - (M. Des Barres, P. Des Barres, Monarch) - 3:59
  3. "Grim Reaper" - (M. Des Barres, Monarch, Bobby Pickett, Jon Hyde) - 4:10
  4. "Nightingale" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 4:54
  5. "Detective Man" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 3:25
  6. "Ain't None Of Your Business" - (Lew Anderson, Becky Hobbs) 4:29
  7. "Deep Down" - (Monarch, Pickett) - 3:06
  8. "Wild Hot Summer Nights" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 4:17
  9. "One More Heartache" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 5:22

It Takes One to Know One (Swan Song, 1977) U.S. #103[edit]

Track Listing
  1. "Help Me Up" - (Jon Hyde) - 4:14
  2. "Competition" - (Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Michael Monarch, Tony Kaye) - 4:34
  3. "Are You Talkin' To Me?"- (Michael Des Barres, Michael Monarch) - 4:35
  4. "Dynamite" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 5:25
  5. "Something Beautiful" - (M. Des Barres) - 4:19
  6. "Warm Love" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 5:24
  7. "Betcha Won't Dance" - (M. Des Barres, Bobby Pickett) - 4:24
  8. "Fever" - (Monarch, Pickett, Hyde) - 4:40
  9. "Tear Jerker" - (Monarch, Kaye, Hyde) - 4:30

Live from the Atlantic Studios (1978)[edit]

Track listing
  1. "Help Me Up" - (Jon Hyde) - 5:21
  2. "Got Enough Love" - (Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Michael Monarch) - 4:46
  3. "Recognition" - (M. Des Barres, P. Des Barres, Monarch) - 5:22
  4. "One More Heartache" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 8:57
  5. "Detective Man" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 4:31
  6. "Grim Reaper" - (M. Des Barres, Monarch, Bobby Pickett, Hyde) - 5:20
  7. "Fever" - (Monarch, Pickett, Hyde) - 5:35
  8. "Nightingale" - (Monarch, Hyde) - 5:49
  9. "Tear Jerker / Good Rockin' Tonight" - (Monarch, Kaye, Hyde / Roy Brown) - 5:41
  • Michael Des Barres - lead vocals
  • Michael Monarch - guitar
  • Tony Kaye - keyboards
  • Bobby Pickett - bass, backing vocals
  • Jon Hyde - drums, percussion


  1. ^ Detective discography at Discogs
  2. ^ Bonner, Michael: "An Audience with Jimmy Page", Uncut, January 2015, pp14
  3. ^ Billboard, Allmusic