The one Motörhead song that everybody knows is “Ace of Spades” and this is the line-up power trio that created it. The early days of what has been a forty year wall of sound are as expected: drinking, fighting, speed, but anyone even casually familiar with the band will find no surprises. Instead, this is a comfortable collection of harmless reminiscences.
Focusing on the classic lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Taylor and Eddie Clarke and reading the transcripts of beer-laden late night conversations with your best mates, it’s like having a seat at the bar and hearing Lemmy and the others tell and retell all the old stories. We get the scoop on Lemmy’s last days with Hawkwind and the early days of the London scene where Motörhead’s speed and arrogance are respected by punks and aspiring headbangers equally. There is a generous level of detail on the making of each of the albums in those early years too. There are no insights or shocking reveals here, but good fun because as Lemmy makes it clear: “We are Motörhead and we play rock’n’roll.”
Martin Popoff’s Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers: The Rise of Motörhead is being published on May 9th, 2017.