Motörhead - Motörhead

Motörhead - Motörhead

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Motorhead - Motorhead

(1977, Chiswick)

If somebody asked me to name the absolute Heavy Metal record, the one that really defines the whole genre, the one that stands out as a cornerstone not necessarily because musically it is the best one, then my answer would simply be the first MOTÖRHEAD LP. For me this record is everything that Heavy Metal represents; it is loud, fast, rude, sexy and sexist, genuine, angry, agressive, emotional, passionate and soulful! It’s an album that connects two apparently different worlds, but really made of the same essence and substance. The Heavy Rock and proto-Metal era of late 60s and 70s and the Heavy Metal of 80s and onwards - the Metal that really sounds the way we know it up until today.

The emblematic figure of a 32 year old Lemmy Kilminster, surrounded by the legendary Fast Eddie Clark - the guitar player that ghosted MOTÖRHEAD's axeman's position after his departure from the group in 1983 - and the real animal with the name Philthy “Animal” Taylor behind the drums kit, were the absolute archetypic Heavy Metal group. Their music is a filter of booze, contempt, defiance and spontaneous pleasure. It is a declaration and a statement of “look motherfuckers, we are here to fucking tell you loud, very loud that life is really wonderful, although very hard and tiring most of the times and that is worth living and enjoying every bloody moment of it as if it was always the very last one”. The lyrics are so simple and raunchy but at the same time so strong and wise - yes, wise in case anybody wonders if that is a joke, really wise - that smashes up any fake demureness and reminds all of us that in life there is nothing like the simple, little moments of joy, pleasure and love (well, not exactly the kind of love that was taught by the Christian moralists obviously).

From the self-titled’s “all good clean fun” “Vibrator”'s pleasure, “Lost Johnny”'s stressful and agonizing effort to shine, “Iron Horse”'s true pride, “White Line Fever”'s “slow death that has not killed me yet”, “City Kids” time that “will not be long”, “The Watcher”'s world in prison to Tiny Bradshaw's “Train Kept A Rollin” Rockabily, the tracklist is a punch on the jaw and a shiver on the spine. And if you don’t get the latter, then it may best to reconsider your love for Heavy Metal! “Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers” EP that released in 1980 is a contemporary recording session of the same time as this album with the only difference that the tracks did not make it in here in first place. The ZZ TOP’s all time classic track is performed loud and frenetic and this cannot be beaten even by the original version.

Lemmy, against all odds, is still around preaching his words of wisdom to the ever going new converted fans all over the world and although his fruits of creativity is quite difficult to reach the startle and jolt of the first MOTÖRHEAD’s era, his relentless and tenacious attitude and loyalty to what he is and what he represents as artist and man, still keep him and his group at the forefront of the Heavy Metal movement. After all, not so bad for somebody who according to some has only been able to use and play the same old chords all the time...


Tracklist

01. Motörhead
02. Vibrator
03. Lost Johnny
04. Iron Horse / Born To Lose
05. White Line Fever
06. Keep Us On The Road
07. The Watcher
08. The Train Kept A-Rollin'


Lineup

Lemmy Kilmister - Vocals, Bass
Fast Eddie Clarke - Guitar
Philthy Animal - Drums