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M is for MOTORHEAD
posted by sgt.serenity (46 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, if I were Lemmy I would not stop picking that thing.
posted by squidfartz at 4:09 PM on October 23, 2006


The Probot song was better than I expected. But man, the Suicide Girls are so 2005.
posted by bardic at 4:11 PM on October 23, 2006


I like the idea of Motorhead, but the reality doesn't live up to the myth. So many rubbish tracks! I think I only like two: 'Ace of Spades' and 'Chase is Better Than the Catch'.
posted by dydecker at 4:18 PM on October 23, 2006


L is for Lemmy.

Motorhead in concert is killer.Just straight up rock and roll.
posted by Smedleyman at 4:19 PM on October 23, 2006


I <3 motorhead! also: i can't even begin to explain the video that goes with it, but here's motorhead covering metallica. please to a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGdYndiR6Ic">enjoy.
posted by nadawi at 4:21 PM on October 23, 2006


That "Ace of Spades" on the Young Ones made my day.

Interesting to see on that episode that the toffs from the wealthy episode are made up by "House"'s Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson & Stephen Fry (plus one other guy I don't remember).
posted by jonson at 4:23 PM on October 23, 2006


"We're not the best band in the world, but we're definately the fastest!" I don't think he meant that literally.

I didn't see anything in the Wiki about Lemmy's career as a roadie. Can anyone scoop me on that? Viva Lemmy!
posted by snsranch at 4:26 PM on October 23, 2006


When I was at Berkeley (1986, maybe?), MH came to play on campus and I got to be a temp roadie. What a trip. It was right out of Spinal Tap. Really. Drugs in the bathrooms, groupies, bottle of Jack Daniels. Wild, just wild. Then again, maybe I was tame, just tame. Or Lame, just lame?
posted by MarshallPoe at 4:32 PM on October 23, 2006


please to enjoy, she meant. Ignore the visuals, as its a pointless series of fighting game stills, just feel the Lemmy wrath.

I realize correcting another's HTML is the web equivalent of pointing out when one should have said "whom", but I live with nadawi and she requested I do so.

Honest.
posted by EatTheWeak at 4:32 PM on October 23, 2006


*whips cock out*

*rocks out*

*freaks dog out*
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:33 PM on October 23, 2006


Silver Machine.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:45 PM on October 23, 2006


It's Lemmy's world. We just live in it.
posted by jonmc at 5:09 PM on October 23, 2006


Lemmy is God. And he rocks the cut-offs like nobody's business.
posted by suki at 5:25 PM on October 23, 2006


I dunno, man. Mojo may give him a run for his money.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:30 PM on October 23, 2006


m is for moe.
posted by terrapin at 5:41 PM on October 23, 2006


Motorhead is certainly an interesting band live. Great energy.
posted by drstein at 5:47 PM on October 23, 2006


An except from a story about Lemmy;
"An acquaintance of mine had a Lemmy story. He was living in an apartment building in New York, and heard a terrible banging outside his door. Going out into the corridor, he found Lemmy, throwing himself into the walls, gripping a huge wooden spoon in one hand. Lemmy, he said, why are you outside my door with a wooden spoon?

You know how some people have a little silver coke spoon? Lemmy said. And then he held his wooden ladle up like it was Excalibur and yelled, This is MINE!"

From here, via Warren Ellis recounting a speech he gave in Toronto in April 2005.
posted by daq at 5:52 PM on October 23, 2006 [1 favorite]


Umlauts, please, people.

Somewhere I still have a 7" of Mot246;rhead b/w Overkill. Overkill was probably my favourite track ...
posted by carter at 6:03 PM on October 23, 2006


Bugger. Mot246;rhead
posted by carter at 6:04 PM on October 23, 2006


So what's up with the ampersand hashes ...?
posted by carter at 6:05 PM on October 23, 2006


Only two good songs? Are you nuts?! These are all pretty damn rockin':

Stay Clean
No Class
Love Me Like A Reptile
Bomber
Iron Fist
Ain't My Crime

Lemmy turned like, 60 this year!
posted by black8 at 6:12 PM on October 23, 2006


Oh, yeah...THIS one too!
posted by black8 at 6:16 PM on October 23, 2006


I too celebrate the umlouts.

"Ace of Spades" was the very fiirst song I ever downloaded from the internets, in mono ulaw format.
posted by mwhybark at 6:35 PM on October 23, 2006


Oh yeah, and 'No Sleep 'til Hammersmith' dukes it out with 'It's Alive' for best live album of all time to this day.
posted by mwhybark at 6:37 PM on October 23, 2006


I think I only like two

It's not your fault that you're a gay communist. There's support groups for you that can give you the help you need. Right after we beat you up.
posted by jonmc at 6:46 PM on October 23, 2006


Fuckin' A, right!
posted by BeerFilter at 7:22 PM on October 23, 2006


Jonmc: Please report to this thread for re-education and toasted muffins*. That is all.

and to be Killed By Death!
posted by Sparx at 7:26 PM on October 23, 2006


*eats the rich*
posted by jonmc at 7:29 PM on October 23, 2006


"If this band moved in next door to you, your lawn would die."

I love this guy.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 7:36 PM on October 23, 2006


This great link came up recently. I forget who shared it or I would credit them.

Lemmy leaves Hawkwind
posted by BeerFilter at 7:41 PM on October 23, 2006


okay, i just listened to Stay Clean. I never thought being a badass could sound so dreary.

Face it: Motorhead were a band who had one huge surprise hit ('Ace of Spades') and got huge exposure among the general culture (people who never even liked metal) and were therefore mythologized with a bunch of rock'n'roll associations but that doesn't mean they were actually any good.
posted by dydecker at 7:54 PM on October 23, 2006


Oh i forgot - Killed by Death is pretty great.
posted by dydecker at 7:59 PM on October 23, 2006


Well, I (obviously) beg to differ.

When I was just out of high school, I was getting into punk. Most of my friends listened to whatever was on the radio. A guy I knew in junior high named Nick, used to send mix cassettes to a mutual friend of ours (who'd I'd later wind up in a band with).
My friend couldn't take the stuff that was on the cassettes, so he'd give them to me. Nick's tapes would have artists like Chastain, Motorhead, Husker Du, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Black Flag and Zodiac Mindwarp. I learned that the common thread to all of it was that it was Loud and Fast. I soon realized I liked Loud and Fast!

To me, Lemmy is a force of nature. To be 60 years old and rockin' the intensity and passion of someone way younger, not giving a flying fuck about conventions or styles or (for that matter) being any "good" is what it's all about...That's Rock n Roll!

I imagine that in a few years "the kids" will be wondering what all the fuss over Radiohead was all about...and they'll have a point.
posted by black8 at 8:37 PM on October 23, 2006


If you squeeze my lizard
I'll put my snake on you
I'm a romantic adventure
And I'm a reptile too
posted by brain_drain at 8:44 PM on October 23, 2006


Face it: Motorhead were a band who had one huge surprise hit

Wow. Your miscomprehension of Motorhead is so inaccurate as to be comical. Motorhead are quite frankly the missing link between metal and punk, and Lemmy, via a career spanning the Rockin' Vickers, Sam Gopal, Hawkwind, Motorhead, and now The Head Cat, is pretty much a walking repositrory of rock and roll lore.

(and 'Ace of Spades,' was only a big hit in Europe. In the US they're a cult band. and 'Iron Fist,' 'Bomber' and the volcanic cover of 'Please Don't Touch' are far better, as (as others have noted) is 'Killed By Death.')

But like I said, it's OK, your pink rainbow hammer and sickle flag are in the mail.
posted by jonmc at 6:46 AM on October 24, 2006


I imagine that in a few years "the kids" will be wondering what all the fuss over Radiohead was all about...

I'm already wondering. But you're right, the experimental arty shit that gets everybody going oooh-ahh (today's Coldplay is tommorow's Yes) never ages well, but the crude raw shit ages beautifully.
posted by jonmc at 6:49 AM on October 24, 2006


jonmc: the man for whom Coldplay is "experimental arty shit". Say no more.
posted by dydecker at 6:59 AM on October 24, 2006


no, dydecker, real experimental arty shit would be say, Amon Duul, Can, Einsterzende Nuebauten, stuff like that, but to their fans Coldplay are 'like all deep and shit.' And like I said, that stuff ages really badly. Basic crude loud rock dosen't.
posted by jonmc at 7:07 AM on October 24, 2006


But it's not the crudity and rawness that makes it age well. What makes Motorhead or AC/DC age well is the same thing that makes Tom Jones age well in another context: honesty, straightforwardness, and sincerity. All of them really mean that shit, and you know that there's no place they'd rather be than on stage in front of you.

And Radiohead singing "Nobody Does It Better" will live forever. It's up there with, well, with Motorhead doing "God Save the Queen."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 7:11 AM on October 24, 2006


But it's not the crudity and rawness that makes it age well.

It's part of it. Actually, Lemmy's lyrics are sharper than most but not silly or 'poetic,' which when wedded to balls-out rock is a combination for the ages: witness the longevity of the Ramones, Dictators, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Supersuckers, Bellrays, etc..

The various fads and 'movements' come and go (and to be fair occasionaly drop some gems on us) but basic crude rock (just like hard funky dance music, plains poken balladeering and blues based guitar music, among others) will always be with us.
posted by jonmc at 7:20 AM on October 24, 2006


I'd like to vote for Amon Duul and Can.
posted by Joeforking at 8:19 AM on October 24, 2006


real experimental arty shit would be say, Amon Duul, Can, Einsterzende Nuebauten< .i>

Are you allowed to actually type Einsturzende Neubauten or are you required to use the little one eyed dude symbol, like TAFKAP?

posted by spicynuts at 8:20 AM on October 24, 2006


I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Dave Grohl...he is one of the best (if not the best) rock drummers around.
posted by QuestionableSwami at 8:36 AM on October 24, 2006


Gotta go with Locomotive.
It's a great song in a - already going 110 but "I wonder just how hard I can push this fucking bike anyway" sorta way. Nothing but energy. Which is why they're so damned good in concert. And no frills, which is why they're not on the friggin radio like, say, Ashlee Simpson ("Pieces of Me," - big hit in the U.S. and elsewhere).
Saw Motorhead at the Vic a while back - they ruled that house, hit it like it was a condemned building. No video, no stagecraft, just hard rock and roll.
posted by Smedleyman at 9:49 AM on October 24, 2006


What? No love for Lawman or Sweet Revenge?
Saw them once with about 200 people and it was great. None of the usual patter between songs. Of course with Lemmy you probably wouldn't understand what he said anyway.
posted by vapidave at 10:04 AM on October 24, 2006


Separated at birth?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:48 AM on October 25, 2006


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