Motorhead
Clean Your Clock


3.5
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
July 31st, 2016 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it possible for a musician to be larger than music itself? Can any human being be really irreplaceable, even though life always moves forward?

Opinions might be divided on both topics but in the case of Ian Fraser Kilmister, both questions’ answers are an emphatic yes! Of course Lemmy is larger than rock ‘n’ roll, and hell will freeze over before a new character comes to replace the legendary Motorhead leader. Also, next time you call in sick or your tummy aches, try not to forget that a 70-year old man with more miles than a goddamn public bus managed to perform live almost a month before his ascension to Valhalla.

It’s surreal to even write that this is the last scheduled Motorhead release while Lemmy was alive, but I guess only death could kill this band (pun intended). Clean Your Clock, recorded in Munich on November 20 and 21st of 2015, isn’t just a live release but a historic testament to how a man can do what he loves until the very end. Nevertheless, despite the high sentimental value, this release proves why this band is easily among the very best live acts ever. Even under the well-known circumstances, Lemmy’s mere presence is enough to send shivers down the spine of any true rocker. Yes, he does sound tired, he’s often out of breath and anyone who has jammed No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and (the underrated) Everything Louder Than Anyone Else, can figure out that something isn’t right. But there’s no doubt that he’s still one of the greatest frontmen and his performance is more than satisfactory.

In addition, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee are their usual selves as they inject tons of energy while offering a couple of highlights in the process such as Phil’s bluesy solo before “The Chase Is Better Than the Catch” and of course “Whorehouse Blues” when Mikkey Dee comes out of his set and plays the guitar next to his bandmates. Another memorable point is Lemmy’s dedication of “Dr. Rock” to Philthy Animal who had passed 10 days before the concert and Mikkey’s drum solo on the song as a form of tribute. In terms of album representation, Overkill gets the lion’s share with four songs, while there are two songs of each Ace Of Spades, Bomber and Orgasmatron.

In conclusion, judging Clean Your Clock by purely musical standards, wouldn’t do the album justice. And if you haven’t heard any of the band’s live albums, you’d better start with No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith and Everything Louder Than Anyone Else. However, even with the circumstances at the time of the album’s recording, Motorhead once again prove why they’re one of the greatest live acts of all time, on what is proven as the last stand of a larger than life character.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just a quick write-up because the band deserves it.

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Flugmorph
July 31st 2016


20774 Comments


great read manosg. This felt nostalgic and triumphant to read. A friend of mine actually went to lemmys last concert in berlin. I saw them one year before at the same venue and some months before that in wacken.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11673 Comments


Great write-up. This probably isn't the best place to start with Motörhead but I'm curious about it.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys.



Never managed to see these guys live during the time I was attending concerts so I can only imagine it was a great experience, Flug.



Agreed Scuro. This isn't the best starting point but if you take under consideration the fact that Lemmy was so ill while listening to the album, you can understand the sheer energy of this band.

rockandmetaljunkie
July 31st 2016


7755 Comments


I first read Clean Your Cock hahahahah

great review man ;)

manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn hahaha!

Totengott
July 31st 2016


4224 Comments


Nice write-up manos, enjoyed reading it. Wish I got to see them live.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Tot!

Flugmorph
July 31st 2016


20774 Comments


misreading is prob intentional on clean your clock

CalculatingInfinity
July 31st 2016


8819 Comments


A necessary write up, good job manos :]

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


8229 Comments


Great write-up, reminded me that I should spin this at some point in the future.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Appreciate it guys.

ChaoticVortex
July 31st 2016


752 Comments


Great write-up. Haven't checked this one out yet, but it sounds like a perfect testament to the band's legacy, as well a fitting closing chapter. I only had the chance to saw them live once, and it was one of the best concert experience in my life.

DrJohn
July 31st 2016


1041 Comments


Great review. Lemmy's irreplaceable... a legend m/

manosg
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2016


11552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers guys.



Nothing that can be written is enough for Lemmy.

Titan
July 31st 2016


19242 Comments


'Also, next time you call in sick or your tummy aches, try not to forget that a 70-year old man with more miles than a goddamn public bus managed to perform live almost a month before his ascension to Valhalla.'

CLASSIC!

Also, Clean Your Clock is such a Motorheady title.

trackbytrackreviews
July 31st 2016


3377 Comments


Why would I clean my clock when it doesn't even work anymore tho

romulanrancor
July 31st 2016


7418 Comments


uh RIP to the fucking man m/

Ovrot
July 31st 2016


13304 Comments


m/

Spacesh1p
July 31st 2016


7669 Comments


mind pos



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