Motorhead: C or D

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The answer is obviously C, but I'd be interested to hear some dissenting voices.


TMFTML (TMFTML), Wednesday, 16 October 2002 18:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Indeed, classic. They're currently on tour too, so catch them before they pull a Ramones on us.

Siegbran (eofor), Wednesday, 16 October 2002 18:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

can he pop that thing already?

JasonD, Wednesday, 16 October 2002 18:29 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I think at this point that thing could pop him.

TMFTML (TMFTML), Wednesday, 16 October 2002 18:45 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The image: classic, no two ways about it.

The music: Very enjoyable in small doses, but as with most Metal, it all ends up sounding a bit samey to me after the fourth song.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 16 October 2002 21:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

My band covers "Go To Hell" by them guyses, and even though it was our drummer's choice, and I don't own any Motorhead (I'm not bothering to go to the character map to get out the umlauts here) and am very uneducated in the metal arena, that song is my absolute favorite song to play.

Famous Athlete, Thursday, 17 October 2002 02:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

There's a point on "Born to Raise Hell" where one of the guys who is not Lemmy goes "Motorhead, fools!" It cracks me up every time, and I don't know why.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Thursday, 17 October 2002 03:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, especially for the Rickenbacker bass and the way he positions the mic.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 17 October 2002 03:27 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic X 10

James Blount (James Blount), Thursday, 17 October 2002 04:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Original line-up, classic certainly; once Fast Eddie left it all seemed to go downhill to me.

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 17 October 2002 07:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just how old is Lemmy? He once astonished me in an interview by reminiscing about seeing The Beatles at The Cavern Club and how they were still the greatest rock'n'roll act he'd ever seen etc.

stevo (stevo), Thursday, 17 October 2002 08:10 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just how old is Lemmy?

According to AMG he'll be 57 on Christmas Eve

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Thursday, 17 October 2002 08:45 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, for being the only band in the history of music to create a listenable track with Bill Laswell ("Orgasmatron", although rest of album = dud)

dave q, Thursday, 17 October 2002 10:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

And it's all about that wart.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 17 October 2002 15:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Siegbran (eofor), Thursday, 17 October 2002 15:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

dave q is OTM: "Orgasmatron" is the BEST SONG EVAH.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 17 October 2002 16:07 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i saw lemmy a couple of nights ago walking around with TIGHT ASS MOTHERFUCKIN jeans on! his legs are real stubby and his ballsack was completely outlined. also: his jeans were tucked in his BOOTS.

chaki (chaki), Thursday, 17 October 2002 17:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Orgasmatron" is the BEST SONG EVAH.

The album suffers from a very weak sound, so it's the live recordings that make this song so great.

Siegbran (eofor), Thursday, 17 October 2002 17:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

lemmy was smugglin plums. haha.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 17 October 2002 17:55 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
I picked up Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" CD last week used. This album is great front to back, not a bad song including the bonus tracks, further proof that it is probably better to check a band's best album rather than compilation.

The remaster work is much improved over the old CD master of "No Remorse" that I had until it got lost. (My first copy of No Remorse was a cassette that I bought at a truck stop on a road trip.)

Motorhead make riding a big Harley hog and doing mounds of speed seem like a good idea.

earlnash, Wednesday, 14 May 2003 13:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I got this as well. It was £4 for what looks like a German reissue or something. Agreed it's fantastic. The whole band sounds as one, so it seems strange that Lemmy has become "the face" of Motorhead and a celebrity. There are a lot of similarities to the Ramones I think.

Nick H, Wednesday, 14 May 2003 14:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
This Motorhead box set that came out recently is the bee's knees, I tell you. And I love that weird little percussion break of sorts on "Ace of Spades."

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 02:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

how could you even ask if motorhead were C or D?

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 02:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Is it just my imagination or do they get a surprisingly muffled, splishy, drab, dull sound in the studio? I hardly noticed at first due to the power and energy of the songs themselves, but surely the sound could be that dirty without being so flat, grey and trebly? And the drums - always too small in the mix? What's with the space-swallowing, washy, slatey reverbs on everything? And the mono sound? Is it a hangover from Hawkwind? I'm talking about their pre-1991 stuff here, haven't heard their recent stuff. Also, for some reason, 'Ace of Spades' seems to be an exception.

Also, what's their best recenbt album? Recommendations?

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 02:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Since I really liked 'Ace of Spades', I went out and got the cd reissues of 'Bomber' and 'Overkill'.

Overkill is great, maybe just a hair below Ace of Spades as an album. Bomber isn't quite as great, but it is still pretty good.
Both were produced by Jimmy Miller, which was a bit of a surprise.

I'm sure all of Motorhead's early records were done on a tight budget. Lemmy plays chords with a distorted bass tone on quite a few tunes, which tends to blend with the guitar into a big overdriven pudding.

The thing I dig about the albums compared to Motorhead comps is that they leave off many good mid-tempo boogie numbers.

earlnash, Wednesday, 14 January 2004 03:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The grumbling spoken word version of "Orgasmatron" on this box set is flat out fucking amazing. And the radio session take of same equally so.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 03:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

If you can find it, a good starter is a 2CD best-of by Metal-Is label, released around 2000. Worth it for the long version of 'Overkill', covers of 'Louie Louie', 'God Save the Queen', plus tracks by Headgirl, Girlschool, and the original Hawkwind song 'Motorhead'. Also a nice booklet with the history of the band

'Damage Case' may be the best Motorhead song


'Killed by Death' is the best video clip in the history of hard rock. It has Lemmy and the gang riding around with chicks on motorcycles and dirt buggies, then a bunch of cops shoot Lemmy with shotguns, then it cuts to Lemmy's funeral, where he rides out of his grave on a motorcycle.

Sasha (sgh), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 03:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

rock and roll!

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 04:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Lemmy's wart has mystical healing powers. future genrations will cherish and possibly worship it as a source of great, great power...

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 09:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone who says "dud" should be ripped apart by famished hyaenas.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 13:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

>Also, what's their best recent album? Recommendations?

The thing with Motorhead is that every single one of their albums has at least three songs, and sometimes four or five, that are totally mind-destroyingly brilliant. Hammered, the most recent one, is no exception, but of their "recent" stuff (since 1991, say), I'd pick Overnight Sensation. Not just for the title track and "Love Can't Buy You Money," but for "I Don't Believe A Word," which is, I think, even better than "Orgasmatron" for total everybody-sucks-and-there's-no-hope fatalism.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 15:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'motorhead', 'overkill', 'bomber' , 'ace of spades' and 'no sleep 'til hammersmith' - all classic.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 14 January 2004 18:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not a huge hardcore motorhead fan, but I do love what I have (Ace, Iron Fist, 1916)....

I really actually love 1916, even thought it's maybe a bit of a "leftfield" album for them....How is that album regarded by hardcore MH fans?

No Voices in the Sky, the title track, Ramones, and a bunch of others are pretty great imo.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 18:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

1916 also has "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)," so it's a definite winner.

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 18:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

1916 also has "R.A.M.O.N.E.S" such it's positvely ESSENTIAL!

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 19:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Most hardcore Motorhead fans I know consider 1916 as the best post-"Orgasmatron" album. I completely agree.

Siegbran (eofor), Wednesday, 14 January 2004 22:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
This is an interview with Lemmy I did several years ago. I forget what happens in it, but I'm sure it's quite entertaining nonetheless:

chuck, Monday, 5 April 2004 18:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That's a great interview!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Monday, 5 April 2004 18:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

btw, whatever happened to 'philthy animal' & fast eddie ?

eleki-san (eleki-san), Monday, 5 April 2004 20:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

well, fast eddie formed fastway...

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 00:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Still on the hunt for post-1916 Motorhead. Recommendations?

the music mole (colin s barrow), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 01:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Only post- 1916 release I've heard is Sacrifice, which has its moments. But for me, the TRUE Motorhead is the classic Clarke/Taylor lineup. Underrated: Iron Fist. OVerrated: No Steep 'til Hammersmith, but then I'm not really a fan of live LPs, so my opinion doesn't count for much. (It rarely does)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Goddamit, is there no Motorhead album from the past 15 yrs which isn't a good listen from top to bottom? That's a depressing thought. Say it isn't so.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 05:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

I couldn't sleep last night and stumbled across the Classic Albums episode on Ace Of Spades. There's some extras which made it onto YouTube - the one to check out is the semi-reunion (Clarke is in a different studio) of Lemmy, Clarke, and Taylor who blast through "We Are The Road Crew" as an instrumental. Amazingly fantastic even with Clarke effectively pasted in.

I've been listening to the reissues today and I love how inverted the early records are compared with subsequent metal albums. Guitar solos aren't mixed up higher, bass solos are (check out the reissue version of "Stay Clean"!). Drums sound more like Keith Moon or Chuck Biscuits rather than the same Bonham mix every metal band goes for. For all the press that Jimmy Miller gets for his work with the Stones, I think Overkill and Bomber are his best production jobs.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Anyone who says "dud" should be ripped apart by famished hyaenas.

Soooo true then. Soooooo true now.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

alex in nyc otm

deej, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

i don't much go for metal, but i love those two records (and have the reissue versions)

bb, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

lemmy is the only bass player that makes playing full voiced chords through the whole song fucking ROCK.

chaki, Thursday, 28 February 2008 23:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Anyone else heard Motörizer yet? I haven't listened to anything since 1916, which was a long, long time ago. In other words, I don't know if they were still this great the whole time, but it's amazing how much 2008 Motörhead is every bit as kickass as 1978 Motörhead.

Which of the late-period albums are worth looking for?

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 26 July 2008 06:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Inferno is as solid a Motorhead album as there's been since Orgasmatron.

I quite like Sacrifice too, and the last one Kiss of Death was good fun.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 26 July 2008 08:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

All the obvious tribute songs have been played already, but broadcasting that two minutes after the announcement? Oh, Matinee Idle. It's what he would've wanted.

RIP Lemmy, Valhalla will be a LOUDER place today.

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 23:06 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm so bummed last night/today - his 70 years are a hurricane on this earth, and we're now in the eye - I want someone/some band to really take up the backwind. I'm especially going to miss the camaraderie at Motörhead shows, I can almost count two hands of times I had a beer of mine spilt, and then promptly, friendly replaced by someone who was as into the show as I was ...

BlackIronPrison, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 23:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Ted Nü-Djent (Cosmic Slop), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 23:40 (three years ago) Permalink

didn't the other band members say in no uncertain terms that mötorhead died with lemmy? it's done

flappy bird, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:47 (three years ago) Permalink

r.i.p. the band, long live the brand

I really hope Head will bring back the Motörhead skis, they were awesome:

Siegbran, Wednesday, 30 December 2015 08:53 (three years ago) Permalink

I filled in for the host at a bar quiz tonight. I played Motörhead and Hawkwind tracks between rounds. I had to conduct a tiebraker, which I chose to do in the form of an AirGuitar-Off.

I picked "Ace of Spades" for the song.

One of my contestants in this contest hopped up on a table and then jumped off.

He did this for a $5 giftcard to the bar.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 December 2015 09:02 (three years ago) Permalink

I posted a bunch of motorhead songs on facebook on tuesday with one linked in the OP and several following in the comments down below. Last night, I got a solitary "Like" from my dad, for the song 1916. He's an old peacenik, so I can see a ballad mourning the brutality of war being right up his alley. But it was toward the end of the pack so I'm imagining him sitting through a slew of live renditions of more classic Motorhead tracks like Overkill and Iron Fist before he got there.

how's life, Thursday, 31 December 2015 10:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Spotted a tall stack of flyers for the upcoming Motörhead gig at a luxury department store today, on the counter of the perfume section.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 6 January 2016 17:10 (three years ago) Permalink

I picked "Ace of Spades" for the song.

One of my contestants in this contest hopped up on a table and then jumped off.

He did this for a $5 giftcard to the bar.

i'd do the same tbh, the song earns it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 18:20 (three years ago) Permalink

also, $5

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 18:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Feel like my intro to Lemmy may have been Del Preston from Wayne's World 2.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 6 January 2016 18:26 (three years ago) Permalink

"Memorial Service and Celebration of Ian Frazer "Lemmy" Kilmister"

(Livestream in about 20 minutes on yt channel 'Motörhead Official')

meisenfek, Saturday, 9 January 2016 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

first thing i see when i click that article is a photo of fucking dave grohl

nomar, Sunday, 10 January 2016 12:27 (three years ago) Permalink

so sick of dave grohl.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:35 (three years ago) Permalink

saw a nice clip of Triple H's speech at the memorial

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:36 (three years ago) Permalink

listening to Motorhead and On Parole today. i prefer the On Parole versions of these songs, especially "Vibrator", which has a really cool trippy Revolver-style drone ending. i can't seem to find that version on youtube otherwise i'd post it.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

On Parole is such an incredible album. i have a hard time picking between it and Space Ritual

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:52 (three years ago) Permalink

they recorded it in 1975. that is insane. had anything as fast as this album in rock been done before?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:54 (three years ago) Permalink

its GOOD to be FREE again

its GOOD to be ME again

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:56 (three years ago) Permalink

stop me now before i kill myself
stop me now before i kill myself
stop me now before i kill myself
stop me before i kill somebody else

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:57 (three years ago) Permalink

you never know who's gonna be the next to go

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

really the only analogs i can think of are proto-rock garage and psych speed freak anthems like "My Generation" and "Psychotic Reaction"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:59 (three years ago) Permalink

this would be a really nice day for someone to leak a Lemmy-Hendrix jam, they must have taped something sometime.

if not then they are now. RIP

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 10 January 2016 21:02 (three years ago) Permalink

if not then they are now. RIP

the motorhendrix experience!

stirmonster, Sunday, 10 January 2016 21:47 (three years ago) Permalink

i prefer the On Parole versions of these songs

They're really, really good - as a fan of the Pink Fairies w/Larry Wallis, hearing him play with Lemmy is awesome and I kind of wonder how it would've gone if he'd stayed with the band. I mean, just in an alternate universe sci-fi scenario, you know, because I wouldn't want to lose Overkill, Bomber or Ace of Spades.

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 11 January 2016 04:43 (three years ago) Permalink

This from last year is very Lemmy:

There ain't no rules to follow, you can't predict tomorrow
I know just who my friends are, the rest can turn to stone
Your memories are yours alone;
They're yours until your dust and bones
I know the things I'm looking for, I know just what I want

In my life the times has changed, I'm still the man I was
I don't want to hear your fairy tales
All I know is who I am; I'll never let you down
The last one you can trust until the end, until the end

In your life, you'll be amazed at all the love you lose
You can never live that life again
The one thing you will never lose is the singing in your head
That will still be with you until the end

Siegbran, Monday, 11 January 2016 13:53 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ulysses, Friday, 29 January 2016 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

ulysses, Friday, 29 January 2016 15:18 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Listening to bunches of Motorhead over the past few years, I got to say their discography is very consistent. There are good tunes on all of the later records with Phil and Mikkey Dee. I'd think as time goes on, you will see quite a few covers come out from other bands on their list of songs. You could make a damn good rockabilly record of all Motorhead covers.

earlnash, Saturday, 2 July 2016 03:25 (two years ago) Permalink

People say it about many (underserving) bands, but Motorhead really never fell off.

Siegbran, Saturday, 2 July 2016 18:43 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Oh no! They're all dead now! RIP Eddie.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:52 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah the last of the original line-up :-(

Thomas NAGL (Neil S), Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:53 (one year ago) Permalink

awwww man

rip Fast Eddie

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:15 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP :(

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:12 (one year ago) Permalink

no!! the 2nd gig i ever went to was motorhead on the 'ace up your sleeve tour'. a forever cherished memory seeing those three play together and hard to believe they are all gone now. so long, eddie.

stirmonster, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink

let er rip

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:32 (one year ago) Permalink

i know it’s the motorhead thread, hopefully allowance made for a fastway classik given the circumstances? :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

sadly I only have one motorhead record at home at present: killed by death

rip mr eddie

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Fast Eddie's lead vocal turn with Motorhead on "Step Down" from Bomber.

earlnash, Friday, 12 January 2018 00:07 (one year ago) Permalink

aw man, RIP. I can always appreciate any Motorhead, but the Fast Eddie-era was always my favourite, particularly for this one:

whitehallunity, Saturday, 13 January 2018 01:12 (one year ago) Permalink

RIP Eddie. Step Down is a jam btw, but then so was pretty much everything he did with Motorhead.

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:41 (one year ago) Permalink

BTW I only recently discovered Eddie played lead on the two Curtis Knight (&) Zeus albums! Tasty:

The Fortnightly Intruder (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Step Down is cool, it's one tune where you can really hear the Hendrix in his playing.

Yeah that Curtis Knight connection in a good rock and roll happenstance, considering Hendrix was a side man with that guy too and Lemmy roadied for Jimi.

earlnash, Sunday, 14 January 2018 00:40 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

So for various reasons over the years I had never really listened to Motorhead. Obviously I've heard them, I mean I've read Lemmy's book & watched the doc, but I never owned a record or sat and really listened. Even though I am pretty good friends with a Motorhead fanatic (actually that might explain some of it) and I generally love greasy, English 70s freak rock (Pink Fairies, Stack Waddy, Deviants, I love Mick Farren, etc).

Anyway, a gap in my knowledge.

So I sort of randomly decided on the 28th, since I was on vacation I would listen to Motorhead and I listened to a lot! They were pretty good! They have way better songs then anyone gives them credit for and more, I don't want to say "groove" exactly but there is something going on in the rhythm section. "On Parole" and "Overkill" are my faves.

Motorhead, check them out!

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My wife coming home from work last Saturday night: "Have you just been listening to Motorhead all day?"
Me: "Yes"

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They have way better songs then anyone gives them credit for

Well... in actuality, lots of people give Motorhead immense credit for having written many, many great songs.
And Lemmy is regarded by the cognoscenti as having been one of the all-time great rock bassists.

Vast Halo, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 21:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've been contemplating that the 1981 Who track "The Quiet One" was Entwistle taking on Motorhead, the way "Rough Boys" and other Townshend tracks of the era are directed to the punks.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Wednesday, 2 January 2019 23:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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