In autumn of 1976, Garrett signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and recorded his first album, Leif Garrett. The album was released in 1977 and his first four singles charted modestly on the US Hot 100, with Runaround Sue reaching the highest at #13. In mid-1978, he signed with Scotti Brothers Records and recorded his second album Feel the Need. The album's first single, I Was Made For Dancin' , reached #10 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the British Chart but subsequent singles failed to crack the top 20 in either country. Neverthless, Garrett continued to record, releasing the albums Same Goes For You (1979), Can't Explain (1980), and My Movie of You (1981) in quick succession.
In the 80s Garrett returned to acting, appearing as Bob Sheldon in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola film The Outsiders. In 1985, he starred in Shaker Run as a mechanic and in Thunder Alley as the lead singer of a pop band that is torn apart by drugs. Other notable Leif Garrett movies from the decade include Delta Fever and the horror film Cheerleader Camp. After a brief break from 1990 to 1995, Garrett returned to acting and singing, appearing in 1995's low-budget horror film Dominion, touring with The Melvins, and recording vocals for Smells Like Teen Spirit on their album The Crybaby. In 1998 he released The Leif Garrett Collection, a greatest hits collection, and in 1999 formed the band Godspeed with Christopher Wade Damerst and Michael Scott (The Distortions, Deadtime Stories). They recorded a 3 song EP on Garrett's own label, Tongue and Groove Records, and debuted on the Rosie O'Donnell Show but broke up after only a few shows. In 2003, Garrett appeared as himself in the David Spade film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. He also sang and co-wrote Former Child Star for the film's soundtrack and was one of the singers of Child Stars On Your Television, which played over the ending credits.
In September 2006 Garrett appeard on the Celebrity edition of Fear Factor. Garrett made the finals and went on to win the grand prize of US$50,000.
Leif Garrett Facts
|Birth Name||Leif Per Garrett|
|Birthday||November 8, 1961 (56)|
|Birthplace||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star|
|Walking Tall Trilogy Boxed Set|
|The Spirit of '76|
|Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion|
|Macon County Line|