Motörhead are a British heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. Usually a power trio, Motörhead 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 No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead’s reputation as one of Britain’s foremost rock bands.
While Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, speed metal or thrash metal (and often regarded as a foundational influence on the latter two styles), Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band’s music simply as „rock n’ roll”. Motörhead’s approach has remained the same over the band’s career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best; their appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs, as is their fondness for punk rock. Motorhead has covered several punk songs, including God Save The Queen. Motörhead’s lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and „life on the road.” The band’s distinctive fanged-face logo, Snaggletooth, with its oversized boars’ horns, 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.
After being sacked from Hawkwind in 1975, supposedly for „doing the wrong drugs”, Lemmy decided to form a new band, originally to be called „Bastard.” Doug Smith, the band’s manager, advised him that, „It’s unlikely that we’re going to get on Top of the Pops with a name like ‘Bastard’.” Lemmy concurred and decided to call the band „Motörhead”, inspired by the final song he had written for Hawkwind. The name of the song „Motorhead” was derived from a slang term for an amphetamine user, the drug being the subject of the song.
Lemmy’s stated aim was for the outfit to be, „the dirtiest rock n’ roll band in the world” and that, „if Motörhead moved in next to you, your lawn would die.” The first lineup of the band featured Larry Wallis (ex-Pink Fairies) on electric guitar and Lucas Fox on drums. Their first gig was at The Roundhouse, London, on 20 July 1975. On 19 October, having played ten gigs, they became the supporting act to Blue Öyster Cult at the Hammersmith Odeon. The Roundhouse was to feature Motörhead again on 7 November 1976 with Pink Fairies and on 24 April 1977 with The Damned and The Adverts. Under contract with United Artists, they recorded sessions at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, during which Fox became unreliable and was replaced by drummer Phil „Philthy Animal” Taylor. Their record label was not pleased with the recorded material and only released the album On Parole in 1979, when the band had established some success.
Using eight of the tracks recorded for Chiswick, the band’s first official album was the eponymous Motörhead, released in November 1977 it reached #43 in the UK Albums Chart. By this time, the standard of their performances had improved considerably, and the uncompromising nature of their music was beginning to garner a following from enthusiasts of both metal and punk.”
Ace of Spades
God Save The Queen