|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Label(s)||Sanctuary, SPV, Epic, GWR, Bronze|
|Associated Acts||Hawkwind, The Head Cat, Girlschool, Saxon, The Damned, Ozzy Osbourne, Headgirl, Thin Lizzy, Persian Risk, Fastway, Corrosion of Conformity, King Diamond, Böhse Onkelz, Würzel, Slash|
Motörhead is an American Heavy metal band formed in 1975 by Bassist, singer and songwriter Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, its follow on, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's foremost heavy metal groups. More recent exposure has included providing wrestler Triple H's entrance music, performing live at WrestleMania events and in 2005 the band received their first Grammy.
While Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, speed metal or thrash metal (and often regarded as a foundational influence on the latter two styles); Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band's music simply as "rock n' roll". Motörhead's approach has remained the same over the band's career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best, their appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs. Motörhead's lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and "life on the road." The band's distinctive fanged face logo, Snaggletooth, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums.
Current band membersEdit
- Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister – lead vocals, bass guitar (1975–present)
- Phil Campbell – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1984–present)
- Mikkey Dee – drums (1992–present)
- For more details on this topic, see Motörhead discography.
This is a summary of original Motörhead recordings that have been made available on general release.
|Year||Title||UK chart||Label||Line-up #|
|1979||On Parole||United Artists||#1/#2|
|1980||Ace of Spades||4||Bronze||#4|
|1981||No Sleep 'til Hammersmith||1||Bronze||#4|
|1983||Another Perfect Day||20||Bronze||#5|
|1987||Rock 'n' Roll||24||GWR||#8|
|1988||No Sleep at All||GWR||#8|
|1992||March ör Die||60||WTG||#8/#9/#10|
|1998||Snake Bite Love||CMC||#11|
|1999||Everything Louder Than Everyone Else||SPV||#11|
|2000||We Are Motörhead||CMC||#11|
|2000||The Best Of||Metal-Is/Sanctuary||#11|
|2003||Live at Brixton Academy||Steamhammer/SPV||#11|
|2005||BBC Live & In-Session||Sanctuary||#4/#7|
|2006||Kiss of Death||45||Steamhammer/SPV||#11|
|2007||Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith||Steamhammer/SPV||#11|