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Phil, Mikkey and Lemmy
Phil, Mikkey and Lemmy

Motörhead are a canonical speed metal band. Their name derives from a slang term for an amphetamine user. Founded by ex-Hawkwind bassist Lemmy Kilmister in 1975, they specialise in songs that are extremely loud to the unaccustomed listener. The title of one of their live albums, Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, reflects this assertion. File links The following pages link to this file: Motörhead ... File links The following pages link to this file: Motörhead ... Speed metal is a genre of heavy metal that is often mistaken for thrash metal but tends to be more melodic and less punk-oriented. ... Slang is the non-standard use of words in a language of a particular social group, and sometimes the creation of new words or importation of words from another language. ... Amphetamine is a synthetic drug originally developed (and still used) as an appetite suppressant. ... Hawkwind is a British rock music group. ... Ian Lemmy Kilmister (born Ian Fraser Kilmister, December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Fraser Willis) is an English bass player and singer. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


While the band are typically classified as heavy metal or speed metal, Lemmy has refused such labels, preferring to describe Motörhead's style as "rock and roll". Their sound tends to be "half metal, half punk, and half rock 'n roll" — purposefully adding up to three halves of a band. Motörhead's lyrics generally cover topics such as war, good and evil, abuse of power, substance abuse and "life on the road" - the latter for which they wrote songs like "We Are The Road Crew", "Iron Horse", and "Keep Us On The Road". Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour with musicians who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ...

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History

The classic line-up. From left to right: Philthy Animal Taylor, Lemmy Kilmister and Fast Eddie Clarke.
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The classic line-up. From left to right: Philthy Animal Taylor, Lemmy Kilmister and Fast Eddie Clarke.

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". Realising that this would preclude them from commercial acceptance, he eventually settled on "Motörhead", after a song he had written for Hawkwind. Lemmy's stated aim was for the outfit to be "the dirtiest rock 'n' roll band in the world". Motorhead File links The following pages link to this file: Motörhead ... Motorhead File links The following pages link to this file: Motörhead ... Hawkwind is a British rock music group. ...


The first line-up of the band featured Larry Wallis (ex-Pink Fairies) on guitar and Lucas Fox on drums. They recorded sessions at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, during which Fox left to be replaced by drum virtuoso Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. The sessions did not see the light of day until they were opportunistically released in 1979 once the band was becoming popular. Deciding that two guitarists were required, the band recruited "Fast" Eddie Clarke, but Wallis left during the auditions and so the idea was shelved. The team of Lemmy, Clarke and Taylor is today regarded as the "classic" Motörhead line-up, although initial reactions were unfavourable: they memorably won a poll for "Worst Band in the World" in one music magazine. Larry Wallis is a guitarist, songwriter and producer for Stiff Records. ... This article needs cleanup. ... This is about the Welsh town of Monmouth. ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ...


The band's first official album release was the self-titled Motörhead, released in 1977. 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 the worlds of both metal and punk. Follow-up albums Overkill and Bomber cemented their reputation as one of Britain's foremost heavy metal groups. On April 1, 1977, Motörhead decided to do their last show at the London Marquee Club. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Overkill is the second album recorded by Motörhead in 1979. ... Bomber is Motörheads third released (fourth recorded) album. ... Heavy metal is a form of rock music characterized by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ...


In the early 1980s they experienced UK Top 40 chart hits with singles such as "Ace of Spades", the St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP (their collaboration with 'apprentices' Girlschool) and Iron Fist. "Ace of Spades" is considered by many to be the definitive Motörhead anthem. The albums Ace of Spades and the live No Sleep 'til Hammersmith from this era are also considered to be among their best work and were their most commercially successful. // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... While Motörheads drummer Phil Taylor was recovering from a neck injury, the two bands (Motörhead and Girlschool) decided to collaborate under the monicker Headgirl. ... Formed in the ’70s, Girlschool was undoubtedly ahead of their time. ... Iron Fist is the sixth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ... Ace of Spades is the fifth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ... No Sleep til Hammersmith was Motörheads first live album. ...


In 1982, Motörhead recorded a cover of Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man with Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics. Clarke felt that this compromised the band's principles and resigned to be replaced by Brian Robertson, formerly with Thin Lizzy. Robertson only lasted for one album (1983's Another Perfect Day) having caused friction in the band due to his refusal to play their most popular tunes. The group then returned to the concept of dual guitars and hired Wurzel and Phil Campbell to fill these roles. Mainstream success has dwindled since then but the band still have a large and loyal fanbase and continue to record and tour extensively. Many artists of the modern era cite Motörhead as an important influence. 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tammy Wynette on the cover of her tribute album Tammy Wynette Remembered Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer and songwriter. ... Wendy Orlean Williams (better known as Wendy O. Williams, May 28, 1949 - April 6, 1998) was born in Webster, New York. ... The Plasmatics were an American punk band, formed by Yale graduate and radical anti-artist Rod Swenson, around the late Wendy O. Williams. ... Brian Robertson is a guitarist. ... Thin Lizzy was a hard rock/proto-heavy metal band, formed in Dublin by bassist and singer Phil Lynott in the late sixties. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... After guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left Motörhead on their second US tour, Brian Robbo Robertson (ex- Thin Lizzy) was drafted to complete the tour. ...


Motörhead are well-known in the professional wrestling community for performing popular wrestler Triple H's entrance music, "The Game," beginning in 2000. In addition to the track being heard live nearly every Monday on WWE RAW and at numerous other wrestling shows, they have performed the song live at two WrestleMania events, WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania 21. They also provided the entrance music for Triple H's Faction, Evolution. Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches. ... Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969 in Nashua, New Hampshire) is an American professional wrestler, best known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley or Triple H. He is a 5-time WWE Champion and a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion of WWE RAW. Career Triple H was taught to wrestle by... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE RAW is the Monday night professional wrestling show for World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is the name given to the annual flagship pay-per-view event of World Wrestling Entertainment, idely regarded as the grandest event in professional wrestling. ... WrestleMania X-Seven was the seventeenth annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event held on Sunday, April 1, 2001, by WWE at the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, Texas. ... Wrestlemania 21 promotional animation. ... In professional wrestling, a stable is a group of wrestlers within a promotion who have a common element -- friendships, either real or storyline, a manager who manages all of them, or a common angle, which puts them together as a unit (recent examples include Evolution, La Résistance, The Cabinet... Evolution. ...


In 2005, Motörhead picked up their first Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category for their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash". 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Old logo, as used in Master Of Puppets, circa 1986. ...


The umlaut over the ö in their name is a record-cover art conceit, possibly derived from the similar "heavy metal umlaut" in the name of the Blue Öyster Cult. However, the band's name is not pronounced as the German usage; instead, Lemmy pronounces it (IPA) /'məʊtəhɛd/. Lemmy is also quoted to have: 'put the umlaut on the middle-O in order to make the name more 'German-looking', meaner!' Ä ä Ö ö Ü ü The term umlaut is used for two closely related notions: a special kind of vowel modification and a particular diacritic mark. ... Ö, or ö, is a glyph which represents either a letter from several extended Latin alphabets, the letter O with umlaut, or a letter O with diaeresis. ... The graphic designer added the umlaut to the cover of Motörheads first album for æsthetic reasons. ... Blue Öyster Cult is a psychedelic/heavy metal band probably best known for two songs: their 1976 single (Dont Fear) The Reaper from the album Agents Of Fortune and their 1981 single Burning For You from the album Fire of Unknown Origin. ... The International Phonetic Alphabet is a phonetic alphabet used by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) the human vocal apparatus can produce. ...


Line-ups

Lemmy is the only member of Motörhead who has been in all of the line-ups, although Phil Taylor has played with all of the guitarists (Larry Wallis, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Brian Robertson, Phil Campbell and Wurzel).


1975 (On Parole) - initial line-up 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... On Parole was the first album recorded by Motörhead way back in 1975. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Larry Wallis - guitar, vocals
  • Lucas Fox, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums (Fox only on "Lost Johnny")

1976 (temporary line-up, no recorded material) Ian Lemmy Kilmister (born Ian Fraser Kilmister, December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Fraser Willis) is an English bass player and singer. ... Larry Wallis is a guitarist, songwriter and producer for Stiff Records. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Larry Wallis - guitar
  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitar
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums

1976-1982 (Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Iron Fist) 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... On April 1, 1977, Motörhead decided to do their last show at the London Marquee Club. ... Overkill is the second album recorded by Motörhead in 1979. ... Bomber is Motörheads third released (fourth recorded) album. ... Ace of Spades is the fifth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ... No Sleep til Hammersmith was Motörheads first live album. ... Iron Fist is the sixth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitar, vocals
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums

1982-1983 (Another Perfect Day) 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... After guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left Motörhead on their second US tour, Brian Robbo Robertson (ex- Thin Lizzy) was drafted to complete the tour. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Brian Robertson - guitar
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums

1984-1987 (No Remorse, Orgasmatron) Brian Robertson is a guitarist. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... No Remorse is a 1984 compilation by Motörhead. ... Orgasmatron is the last Motörhead album to feature Pete Gill on the drums. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell - guitar
  • Wurzel (born Michael Burston) - guitar
  • Pete Gill - drums

1987-1992 (Rock 'n' Roll, No Sleep At All, 1916, March or Die) 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 was the first album Motörhead recorded for WTG, their new label, after the legal battle with GWR was resolved. ... March or Die is a 1992 album by Motörhead. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell - guitar
  • Wurzel - guitar
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums

1992 (March or Die) 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March or Die is a 1992 album by Motörhead. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell - guitar
  • Wurzel - guitar
  • Tommy Aldridge - drums

1992-1995 (March or Die, Bastards, Sacrifice) Tommy Aldridge, born August 15, 1950, in Jackson, Mississippi, is a drummer who has worked for several acts, including Pat Travers, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March or Die is a 1992 album by Motörhead. ... Bastards is an album by Motörhead. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell - guitar
  • Wurzel - guitar
  • Mikkey Dee - drums

1995-present (Overnight Sensation, Snake Bite Love, Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, We Are Motörhead, Hammered, Live At Brixton Academy The Complete Concert, Inferno) 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Inferno is the new album by Motörhead. ...

  • Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell - guitar
  • Mikkey Dee - drums

Discography

Albums

(In order of UK release date)

On April 1, 1977, Motörhead decided to do their last show at the London Marquee Club. ... Overkill is the second album recorded by Motörhead in 1979. ... Bomber is Motörheads third released (fourth recorded) album. ... On Parole was the first album recorded by Motörhead way back in 1975. ... Ace of Spades is the fifth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ... No Sleep til Hammersmith was Motörheads first live album. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Iron Fist is the sixth album by the British speed metal band Motörhead. ... 1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... After guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke left Motörhead on their second US tour, Brian Robbo Robertson (ex- Thin Lizzy) was drafted to complete the tour. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... No Remorse is a 1984 compilation by Motörhead. ... Orgasmatron is the last Motörhead album to feature Pete Gill on the drums. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 was the first album Motörhead recorded for WTG, their new label, after the legal battle with GWR was resolved. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March or Die is a 1992 album by Motörhead. ... Bastards is an album by Motörhead. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Inferno is the new album by Motörhead. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

EPs

The Golden Years is a live EP by the British heavy metal group Motörhead. ... 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is an EP by Motörhead. ...

Videography

VHS

  • 1982 Live In Toronto - Castle Hendering
  • 1984 Another Perfect Day EP
  • 1985 Birthday Party
  • 1986 Deaf Not Blind
  • 1988 EP
  • 1991 Everything louder Than Everything Else

1982 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

DVD

2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD cover 25 & Alive Boneshaker is a live DVD featuring Motörheads 25th anniversary concert at Brixton Academy, on October 22, 2000. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Snaggletooth

Snaggletooth on Motörhead's first album.
Snaggletooth on Motörhead's first album.

Snaggletooth (full name Snaggletooth B. Motörhead) is the name of the fanged face that acts as a symbol for Motörhead. It was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the band's first released album. It has remained a symbol of Motörhead throughout the years, with Petagno creating many variations of the Snaggletooth for the covers of many following albums (e.g. Overkill, Bomber, Orgasmatron). Motorhead self-titled first album This work is copyrighted. ... Motorhead self-titled first album This work is copyrighted. ... 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Overkill is the second album recorded by Motörhead in 1979. ... Bomber is Motörheads third released (fourth recorded) album. ... Orgasmatron is the last Motörhead album to feature Pete Gill on the drums. ...


External links

  • Motörhead official website
  • Motörhead official forum
  • Band history

 
 

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