Bands

Motörhead

Origin – London, England

Genres – Heavy metal, Rock and Roll, Hard Rock, Speed Metal

Years active – 1975–2015

Website – imotorhead.com

Motörhead (/ˈmoʊtərhɛd/) were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. 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 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. 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”.

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.

The name “Motörhead” is a reference to users of the drug amphetamine. The band’s distinctive fanged-face logo, with its oversized boar’s tusks, chains, and spikes, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums. The fanged face has been referred to variously as “War-Pig” and “Snaggletooth”. The band’s name is usually printed in a lowercase form of blackletter. The umlaut character ö is possibly derived from the similar “heavy metal umlaut” in the name of their 1975 acquaintances Blue Öyster Cult. However, this umlaut does not alter the pronunciation of the band’s name. When asked if Germans pronounced the band “Motuuuurhead”, Lemmy answered “No, they don’t. I only put it in there to look mean”

Discography

Motörhead (1977)

Overkill (1979)

Bomber (1979)

Ace of Spades (1980)

Iron Fist (1982)

Another Perfect Day (1983)

Orgasmatron (1986)

Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)

1916 (1991)

March ör Die (1992)

Bastards (1993)

Sacrifice (1995)

Overnight Sensation (1996)

Snake Bite Love (1998)

We Are Motörhead (2000)

Hammered (2002)

Inferno (2004)

Kiss of Death (2006)

Motörizer (2008)

The Wörld Is Yours (2010)

Aftershock (2013)

Bad Magic (2015)

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