Chequered Past were a short lived Punk supergroup, featuring four huge names from the genre: Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Nigel Harrison and Clem Burke of Blondie, Tony Sales from Iggy Pop’s band (later of Tin Machine, Bowie’s late 80s band) and Michael Des Barres, who would later take over from Robert Palmer in Power Station (though the latter is certainly just as well known for being the husband of the infamous groupie Pamela Des Barres as he is for his own work.)
Their one and only album, 1984’s eponymous debut, was released through the Heavy Metal America label, via EMI. The album certainly divided opinions, but then the band were not made up of people who were likely to pander to the interests of critics. The music speaks for them, and there were certainly a large number of people who were saddened to see the demise of the band come about through Des Barres being asked to join Power Station. All in all though, it was never likely to be a collaboration that lasted longer than this one record, what with all the member’s other commitments. Regardless of the longevity (or otherwise) of the band, this has an important place in the history of Heavy Metal music, and of Heavy Metal Records.