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Motorhead

Motörhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late'70s.Though the group's leader, Lemmy Kilminster, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, Motörhead didn't bother with his oldgroup's progressive tendencies, choosing to amplify the heavy biker rock elements of Hawkwind with the speed of punk rock. Motörhead wasn'tpunk rock -- they formed before the Sex Pistols and they loved the hell-for-leather imagery of bikers too much to conform with the safety. pinned, ripped T-shirts of punk ...read more

Motörhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late'70s.Though the group's leader, Lemmy Kilminster, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, Motörhead didn't bother with his oldgroup's progressive tendencies, choosing to amplify the heavy biker rock elements of Hawkwind with the speed of punk rock. Motörhead wasn'tpunk rock -- they formed before the Sex Pistols and they loved the hell-for-leather imagery of bikers too much to conform with the safety. pinned, ripped T-shirts of punk -- but they were the first metal band to harness that energy and, in the process, they created speed metalandthrash metal. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Motörhead continued performing into the next century. Although they changed their lineupmany, many times -- Lemmy was their only consistent member -- they never changed their raging sound.

The son of a vicar, Lemmy Kilmister (born Ian Fraiser Kilmister; December 24, 1945) first began playing rock & roll in 1964, when he joinedtwolocal Blackpool, England R&B bands, the Rainmakers and the Motown Sect. Over the course of the '60s, he played with a number of bands --including the Rockin' Vickers, Gopal's Dream, and Opal Butterfly -- as well as briefly working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. In 1971, he joinedtheheavy prog rock band Hawkwind as a bassist. Lemmy was originally slated to stay with the band only six months, yet he stayed with thegroupfor four years. During that time, he wrote and sang several songs with the band, including their signature song, the number three U.K. hit"SilverMachine" (1972).

Lemmy was kicked out of Hawkwind in the spring of 1975 after he spent five days in a Canadian prison for drug possession. Once he returnedtoEngland, Kilminster set about forming a new band. Originally, it was to have been called Bastard, but he soon decided to call thebandMotörhead, named after the last song he wrote for Hawkwind. Lemmy drafted in Pink Fairies guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Foxtoround out the lineup. Motörhead made their debut supporting Greenslade in July. Two months later, the group headed into the studio to makeitsdebut album for United Artists with producer Dave Edmunds. Motörhead and Edmunds clashed over the direction of recording, resulting inthegroup firing the producer and replacing him with Fritz Fryer. At the end of the year, Fox left the band and Lemmy replaced him with hisfriendPhilthy Animal (born Philip Taylor), an amateur musician.

Motörhead delivered its debut album to UA early in 1976, but the label rejected the album. Shortly afterward, former Blue Goose andContinuousPerformance guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke joined the band. Following one rehearsal as a four-piece, Wallis left the band, leavingMotörhead as atrio; this is the lineup that would later be recalled as the group's classic period. However, the band spent most of 1976 struggling,performingwithout a contract or manager and generating little money. At the end of the year, they cut a single, "White Line Fever"/"Leavin'Here," for StiffRecords that wasn't released until two years later. By the summer of 1977, they had signed a one-record contract with ChiswickRecords,releasing their eponymous debut in June; it peaked at number 43 on the U.K. charts. A year later, the band signed with Bronze Records.

Overkill, Motörhead's first album for Bronze, was released in the spring of 1979. The album peaked at number 24, while its title track becametheband's first Top 40 hit. Motörhead continued to gain momentum, as their concerts were selling well and Bomber, the follow-up toOverkill,reached number 12 upon its fall release. The band was doing so well that UA released the rejected album at the end of the year as OnParole.Ace of Spades, released in the fall of 1980, became a number four hit, while the single of the same name reached number 15.

Ace of Spades became Motörhead's first American album, yet they were making little headway in the U.S., where they only registered as a cult-act. Back in England, the situation could hardly have been more different. Motörhead were at the peak of their popularity in 1981, releasing a hitcollaboration with the all-female group Girlschool entitled Headgirl and entering the charts at number one with their live album No Sleep'TilHammersmith. Though the group was rising commercially, there was tension within the band, particularly between Clarke and Lemmy. Clarkeleft the band during the supporting tour for 1982's Iron Fist, reportedly angered by Kilmister's planned collaboration with Wendy O. Williams.Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson replaced Clarke.

The new lineup released Another Perfect Day in the summer of 1983, which was a disappointment, only reaching number 20 in the U.K. Robertsonleft two months later, replaced by two guitarists: former Persian Risk member Phillip Campbell and Wurzel (born Michael Burston). Shortlyafterward, Taylor left to join Robertson's band Operator, and was replaced by former Saxon drummer Pete Gill. This lineup released a single,"Killed by Death," in September of 1984, but shortly afterward the group left Bronze and the label filed an injunction against the band. As aresult, Motörhead were prevented from releasing any recordings -- including a bizarre collaboration between Lemmy and page-three girlSamantha Fox -- for two years.

Motörhead finally returned to action in 1986, first with a track on the charity compilation Hear 'n Aid and later with the Bill Laswell. producedOrgasmatron, which was released on their new label, GWR. Orgasmatron was successful with the band's still-dedicated cult audience in Englandand America, and received some of the group's best reviews to date. The following year, they released Rock 'N' Roll, which was equallysuccessful. In 1988, the live No Sleep at All appeared, and Lemmy made his acting debut in the comedy Eat the Rich. Two years later, the bandsigned to WTG and released The Birthday Party. Taylor briefly rejoined the band in 1991, appearing on that year's 1916, before Mikkey Dee,formerly of King Diamond, took over on drums. Dee's first album with the band was 1992's March or Die, which didn't chart in the U.S. but playedto their U.K. cult following. WTG dropped the band after the album's release and they started their own label, appropriately called Motörhead,which was distributed through ZYX. Their first album for the label was 1994's Bastards.

For the remainder of the '90s, Motörhead concentrated on touring more than recording. Outside of the band, Lemmy appeared in insurancecommercials in Britain. He also acted in Hellraiser 3 and had a cameo in the porn movie John Wayne Bobbit Uncut. In 1997, the group moved tothe metal-oriented indie label Receiver and released Stone Dead Forever; the live Everything Louder Than Everyone Else followed in 1999, and ayear later they returned with We Are Motörhead. Hammered appeared in 2002 and was followed by 2004's Inferno. In 2005, the Sanctuary labelreissued some of the band's classic albums (Overkill, Ace of Spades, and Iron Fist) in two-CD deluxe editions. A collection of all-new material,Kiss of Death, arrived in 2006, followed by Motorizer in 2008. In 2010, Motörhead embarked on a 35th anniversary tour in support of their 20thstudio album, The Wörld Is Yours, which was released under a new deal with German label UDR. After taking an enforced break in 2012 to allowLemmy to recover from laryngitis, the band started writing for its next album. Decamping to NRG Studios in North Hollywood to work withproducer Cameron Webb, they recorded Aftershock, one of their most aggressive albums in years, which was released in October 2013.

However, while Motörhead's fan base was as strong as ever, Lemmy was not -- years of drinking and smoking began to catch up with the group'sleader (by this time well into mid-sixties) as he struggled with heart problems and diabetes, and in 2013, the rocker was fitted with an internaldefibrillator to regulate his heartbeat. A pair of European festival dates had to be canceled when Lemmy was diagnosed with a hematoma, andMotörhead were forced to cut their set short at the 2013 Wacken Open Air Festival when Lemmy lacked the strength to continue. The seemingly indestructible Lemmy finally made concessions to his health, giving up cigarettes and replacing bourbon and cola with wine and the occasionalvodka, and by the end of 2014, Motörhead were back in business. They resumed their busy touring schedule, and in early 2015 they entered thestudio to begin work on a new album; the finished product, titled XXX: Bad Magic, was released in late August 2015. Sadly, Lemmy's health continued to decline, and in December of 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer. He died two days later on December 28, 2015. The rest of Motörhead disbanded soon after in respect for Lemmy, even though the remaining members Mikkey Dee & Phil "Wizzö" Campbell are still active elsewhere. « hide

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LPs
Bad Magic
2015

3.4
126 Votes
Aftershock
10/21/2013

3.5
156 Votes
The World Is Yours
2010

3.4
186 Votes
Motorizer
2008

3.6
204 Votes
Kiss of Death
2006

3.6
176 Votes
Inferno
2004

4
246 Votes
Hammered
2002

3
120 Votes
We Are Motorhead
2000

3.4
129 Votes
Snake Bite Love
1998

3
105 Votes
Overnight Sensation
1996

3.2
106 Votes
Sacrifice
1995

3.1
124 Votes
Bastards
1993

3.9
199 Votes
March Or Die
1992

3.4
148 Votes
1916
1991

3.8
209 Votes
Rock 'N' Roll
1987

3.7
166 Votes
Orgasmatron
1986

3.7
239 Votes
Another Perfect Day
1983

3.9
214 Votes
Iron Fist
1982

4
291 Votes
Ace of Spades
1980

4.3
847 Votes
On Parole
1979

3.2
101 Votes
Bomber
1979

4
315 Votes
Overkill
1979

4.3
562 Votes
Motörhead
1977

3.6
207 Votes
EPs
The Best Of
2000

3.8
6 Votes
Angel City And Other Cities Live 1991
1994

2.5
1 Votes
'92 Tour EP
1992

3
1 Votes
Ace of Spades EP
1988

4.7
3 Votes
Eat the Rich
1987

3.8
5 Votes
Shine
1983

4
1 Votes
Stand by Your Man
1982

2.5
6 Votes
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1981

3.2
6 Votes
Beer Drinkers
1980

3.2
9 Votes
The Golden Years
1980

3.2
5 Votes
Live Albums
Clean Your Clock
2016

3.9
6 Votes
Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith
2007

4.3
18 Votes
Live
2006

3.5
1 Votes
BBC Live & In-Session
2005

3.8
3 Votes
Live At Brixton Academy
2003

3.8
9 Votes
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else
1999

4
26 Votes
King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997

3.3
3 Votes
Live at Brixton '87
1994

3.4
5 Votes
Jailbait
1992

2.3
2 Votes
Live 1983
1991

2.8
2 Votes
Lock Up Your Daughters
1990

2.5
2 Votes
The Birthday Party
1990

3.3
4 Votes
Blitzkrieg on Birmingham '77
1989

3.3
2 Votes
No Sleep at All
1988

3.8
21 Votes
What's Words Worth?
1982

3
10 Votes
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith
1981

4.5
117 Votes
Compilations
Icon
2010

4.1
11 Votes
Essential Noize: The Very Best Of
2005

4
12 Votes
Stone Deaf Forever!
2003

4.1
4 Votes
The Very Best of Motorhead
2002

4.5
1 Votes
The Best of Motorhead: Deaf Forever
1998

3.4
10 Votes
All the Aces
1993

3.7
7 Votes
Castle Masters Collection
1992

3.9
4 Votes
No Remorse
1984

4.2
47 Votes

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