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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s)Heavy metal
Speed metal
Blues metal
Label(s)Sanctuary, SPV, Epic, GWR, Bronze
Associated ActsHawkwind, 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.

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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 #
1977 Motörhead 43 Chiswick #4
1979 Overkill 24 Bronze #4
1979 Bomber 12 Bronze #4
1979 On Parole United Artists #1/#2
1980 Ace of Spades 4 Bronze #4
1981 No Sleep 'til Hammersmith 1 Bronze #4
1982 Iron Fist 6 Bronze #4
1983 Another Perfect Day 20 Bronze #5
1984 No Remorse 14 Bronze #4/#5/#7
1986 Orgasmatron 21 GWR #7
1987 Rock 'n' Roll 24 GWR #8
1988 No Sleep at All GWR #8
1991 1916 24 WTG #8
1992 March ör Die 60 WTG #8/#9/#10
1993 Bastards ZYX #10
1995 SacrificeSacrifice CMC #10
1996 Overnight Sensation CMC #11
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
2002 Hammered Steamhammer/SPV #11
2003 Live at Brixton Academy Steamhammer/SPV #11
2004 Inferno 95 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

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