Band Info
OriginLondon, England, U.K.
Genre(s)Heavy metal
Speed metal
Blues metal
Thrash metal
Punk rock
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 were a British 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.

Lemmy died on 28 December 2015 after being initially diagnosed with an undisclosed aggressive form of cancer, which was later revealed as prostate cancer, and heart failure, after which drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell both confirmed that Motörhead would not continue as a band.

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For more details on this topic, see Motörhead discography.

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