We Are Motörhead…And We Play Rock N’ Roll

Motörhead is a rock band formed in June 1975 by the bassist, singer and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka Lemmy, who was the sole constant member.

The band was formed together with the guitarist Larry Wallis and the drummer Lucas Fox.

In a 2005 interview for Headbanger’s Journey, Lemmy confessed that the “Motörhead” name is “all slang for speed freak”.

He added:

If you look in the “Mothers of Invention” albums way back you will find James Motorhead Sherwood. They made your mother nath as well, you know. Some of you are still talking which is also true of us, you know.

The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitar and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums.

 

Motörhead: the Guts and the Glöry (Döcumentary)

Motörhead released 22 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years.

Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart.

The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly the live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith cemented Motörhead’s reputation as a top-tier rock band.

The band are ranked number 26 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[3] As of 2016, they have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal. Their lyrics typically covered such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and, most famously, gambling, the latter theme being the focus of their hit song “Ace of Spades”.

Motörhead has been credited with being part of and influencing numerous musical scenes, thrash metal and speed metal especially. From the mid-1970s onward, however, Lemmy insisted that they were a rock and roll band. He has said that they had more in common with punk bands, but with their own unique sound, Motörhead is embraced in both punk and metal scenes.

Lemmy died on 28 December 2015 after being initially diagnosed with an undisclosed aggressive form of cancer, which was later revealed as prostate cancer, and heart failure, after which drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell both confirmed that Motörhead would not continue as a band.

By 2018 all three members of Motörhead’s classic line-up had died.

 

Motorhead Lemmy Grammy, Yes; Rock Hall, No

 

 

 

Motörhead Discography

 

1) Motörhead (1977)

Released:
21 August 1977

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2) Overkill (1979)

Released:
24 March 1979

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3) Bomber (1979)

Released:
27 October 1979

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4) Ace of Spades (1980)

Released:
8 November 1980

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5) Iron Fist (1982)

Released:
17 April 1982

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6) Another Perfect Day (1983)

Released:
4 June 1983

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7) Orgasmatron (1986)

Released:
9 August 1986

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8) Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)

Released:
5 September 1987

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9) 1916 (1991)

Released:
26 February 1991

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10) March ör Die (1992)

Released:
14 August 1992

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11) Bastards (1993)

Released:
29 November 1993

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12) Sacrifice (1995)

Released:
11 July 1995

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13) Overnight Sensation (1996)

Released:
15 October 1996

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14) Snake Bite Love (1998)

Released:
10 March 1998

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15) We Are Motörhead (2000)

Released:
16 May 2000

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16) Hammered (2002)

Released:
9 April 2002

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17) Inferno (2004)

Released:
22 June 2004

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18) Kiss of Death (2006)

Released:
29 August 2006

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19) Motörizer (2008)

Released:
26 August 2008

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20) The Wörld Is Yours (2010)

Released:
14 December 2010

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21) Aftershock (2013)

Released:
18 October 2013

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22) Bad Magic (2015)

Released:
28 August 2015

Click here for more details on the Bad Magic (2015) album.

 

 

 

Motörhead Interviews

 

Motörhead – Band Interview – “Motörhead”

 

Lemmy defends Heavy Rock 0000

 

Motörhead – The Tonight Show ’92

 

Lemmy – Motörhead Raw & Uncut Interview | 1992

 

Lemmy Kilmister & Motorhead Interview (2007)

 

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister Full Interview 2011

 

Motorhead Lemmy Lost Interview 2013 – In Memory

 

Behind The Music – Motörhead

 

 

 

Other Videos

 

Motorhead – Live In Toronto Full Concert (12-05-1982)

 

Motörhead – The Birthday Party 1985 (Full Cöncert) ᴴᴰ

 

Motörhead “Heroes” (David Bowie Cover)

 

Motorhead – Live At Wacken Open Air 2006

 

Motörhead – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 2007 – High Quality Sound

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