Motorhead
Motörhead


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
August 21st, 2012 | 23 replies | 3,309 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Motorhead overcome all difficulties to release an excellent album.

Motorhead was formed in 1975 by the Bassist/Singer Ian Fraser Kilmister (aka Lemmy). Lemmy was kicked out of Hawkind a few monthes before, because of drugs issues, and he wanted to from his own band to avoid being fired again. He named the new band 'Motorhead', based on a song he wrote for Hawkind, and he hired the guitarist Larry Wallis and the drummer Lucas Fox to the band. Lemmy later admitted that they had to steal gear because they were very poor.
After replacing the old drummer with Phil Taylor, the band was bound to release their first album, but unfortunately, after recording the songs, the record label refused to realease the album because they didnt like it. The album was eventually released four years later, after the band had gained mainstream success.
A year later, Wallis decided that he needed a backing guitarist to play while he is playing the solos, but shorly after the guitarist Eddie Clarke was recruited, Wallis quit the band and rejoined The Pink Faries, thus creating the classic trio for the band: Lemmy-Clarke-Taylor.
By the end of '76 the reputation of the band was very negative, and they had actually won the "Worst Band In The World" poll. Motorhead was deep in ***. By April '77, the band members became so discouraged and so depressed that they decided to break up the band. In one last effort, they asked Lemmy's acquaintance Ted Carroll from Chiswhik Records to come and record their last show. Sadly, or maybe happily, Ted couldnt afford to record their show, so instead he offered them two days at his studio to record a single. The band gladly took the chance but well-rehearsed as they were, they managed to record eleven unfinished tracks in those two days. Impressed, Ted gave them more studio time and in a short time they finished thirteen tracks. Eight of those were released in their eponymous debut, in '77.

Its debut is for some reason Motorhead's most overlooked album. It feautres decent classic-Motorhead style songs from start to finish. Kicking off with the best introduction to the album and the band, the self-titled Motorhead, which is suprisingly on par with other known Motorhead songs such as Overkill and Ace Of Spades. The album then continues with some slightly different tracks such as Iron Horse and Lost Johnny, but overall it maintains the same attiude throughout all 33 minutes.
The album provides everyhing a Motorhead album should, speedy rough songs, Lemmy's melodic bass lines, fast distorted bluesy-influenced riffs and of course the dirtiest vocals you will ever hear in your entire life. It truly serves its purpose.
And I dont think I even need to mention how influential Motorhead was. Motorhead and their self-titled album (although the ones to come will be more influential) were a cornerstore in the NWOBHM history. They were so groundbraking that they have inspired both Thrash, Speed Metal and even Punk. This is probably the reason why so many bands have listed them as their influence. Even though they are not so well-known, they inspired whole genres. They are arguably the most influential band in Metal history.

One other thing there is to like(or possible dislike) about Motorhead is that they are extremley consistent. If you like this album you will probably like the next nine studio albums - all are aggresive and violent, rough and dirty.


Motorhead was released in September 24th, 1977. The record label is Chiswick and it its 32:53 minutes long.

Personnel:

Lemmy (Ian Kilmister) – bass, vocals
"Fast" Eddie Clarke – guitar
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums

Production:

Producer – Speedy Keen
Engineer – John Burns
Recorded – Escape Studios, Kent
Remix – Olympic Studios, London
Mastering - Adam Skeaping
Executive Producers – Motörhead/John Burns
Logo – Joe Petagno
Photographs – Lensy, Motorcycle Irene



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ViperAces
August 21st 2012



12357 Comments


Needs more recognition.

NoMeansYes
August 21st 2012



1012 Comments


White Line Fever is my favourite off this album.

Couldn't agree more with the final statement

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2012



14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for reviewing this, tis indeed overlooked.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2012



1773 Comments


OK review, but there seems to be a bit too much emphasis on how the band formed, and less on the debut album itself. As for the album, I disagree that it is an overlooked motorhead album. Whilst I do like the album, it fits the label 'Humble beginnings, because many of the songs on here quite simply can't match up to the quality of latter motorhead songs.

ViperAces
August 22nd 2012



12357 Comments


Overkill and Ace Of Spades are classics, for sure, but this album is excellent with very little recognition.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 22nd 2012



18577 Comments


Haven't heard this yet. I enjoyed overkill tho and I actually thought bastards was pretty cool.

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ViperAces
August 22nd 2012



12357 Comments


If you loved Overkill youre bound to like this.

NoMeansYes
August 22nd 2012



1012 Comments


If you loved any Motörhead album you will at least like all of their others

manosg
January 9th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

On the one hand, Motorhead didn't change a lot musically during their career. On the other hand there
isn't one Motorhead album that is poor. If you like one of their albums you'll probably like all of
them. I don't know if this album is overlooked but Eddie Clarke surely is.

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ViperAces
January 9th 2013



12357 Comments


yea, they are kinda too generic for me though

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18577 Comments


still haven't heard this shit

manosg
January 9th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

more specific?

ViperAces
January 9th 2013



12357 Comments


they are THAT kind of a band; e.g AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and so on...
the bands that make the same generic song all the time
skynyrd may be a bad example though but i cant think right now of a different one

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013



18577 Comments


yeah most motorhead sounds pretty much the same

manosg
January 9th 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh, OK. Manowar, Running Wild and so on...

There are bands that diversify their sound and amaze us with every new release and there are others that resist to change. Nevertheless, if they're doing it the right way it's fine with me.

ViperAces
January 9th 2013



12357 Comments


yea, i love lynyrd skynyrd first personally, and this rocks too, but i could never really get into
that kind of bands, and i can understand not liking them

dannyboy89
February 21st 2013



7509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off


If you loved any Motörhead album you will at least like all of their others


Major generalization.


yeah most motorhead sounds pretty much the same


Which is why I'll probably avoid everything they did after Rock N' Roll. That album sucks precisely for that reason.


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manosg
February 22nd 2013



4666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Motorhead more or less have remained the same, which is cool for me. I love the band and I don't want them to change.

"Which is why I'll probably avoid everything they did after Rock N' Roll. That album sucks precisely for that reason."

Inferno is an excellent album.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2013



7825 Comments


trve metal

dannyboy89
February 25th 2013



7509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BTW, this is a nice album. Motorhead doesn't feel punkish here, probably because punk was just beginning to come into fruition at that time.

They definitely sound a lot like Deep Purple here.



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