Motörhead - Motörhead (1977)Release ID: 372

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This is the album where Lemmy announced his transformation from mere crew member aboard the space ship Hawkwind, to all out metal overlord of battle station Motorhead. Where his audience had shifted from the acid-dropping, pothead hippies that worshipped his former band mates, to the speed-loving and bourbon-drinking outlaw fraternities of bike gangs and renegades. For proof you need look no further than the title track and particularly The Watcher, two songs Lemmy wrote and recorded with Hawkwind. Here they appear as, I imagine, Lemmy always envisioned them, stripped of space rock pretensions and presented in raw, undiluted loud and dirty rock'n'roll form. As the rock press were fond of quoting at the time (from Philthy Phil, if I'm not mistaken), " if Motorhead moved next door to you, then your lawn would die!"

But, on a personal note, this is the album that made me realise that I had found MY band and, in Lemmy, someone in the music world who could genuinely be looked up to and admired for their integrity and attitude. So long, man, and thanks for all the great memories... Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister RIP


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Motörhead chronology

Motörhead (1977)
Overkill (1979)
Bomber (1979)
On Parole (1979)
The Golden Years: Live EP (1980)
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (1980)
Ace of Spades (1980)
No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (1981)
Iron Fist (1982)
What's Words Worth? (1983)
Another Perfect Day (1983)
No Remorse (1984)
Orgasmatron (1986)
Rock 'n' Roll (1987)
Nö Sleep at All (1988)
Blitzkreig on Birmingham '77 (1989)
The Birthday Party (1990)
Lock Up Your Daughters (1990)
1916 (1991)
March ör Die (1992)
All the Aces: The Best of Motörhead (1993)
Bastards (1993)
Live at Brixton (1994)
Sacrifice (1995)
Overnight Sensation (1996)
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Motörhead (1997)
The Best of Motörhead: Deaf Forever (1998)
Snake Bite Love (1998)
Everything Louder Than Everyone Else (1999)
The Best of Motörhead (2000)
We Are Motörhead (2000)
The Very Best of Motörhead (2002)
Hammered (2002)
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years (2003)
Stone Deaf Forever! (2003)
Live at Brixton Academy: The Complete Concert (2003)
Inferno (2004)
Essential Noize: The Very Best Of (2005)
BBC Live & In-Session (2005)
Kiss of Death (2006)
Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith (2007)
Motörizer (2008)
The Wörld Is Yours (2010)
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else (2011)
The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 2: Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else (2012)
Aftershock (2013)
Bad Magic (2015)
Clean Your Clock (2016)
Under Cöver (2017)
Everything Louder Forever (2021)
Louder Than Noise... Live in Berlin (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 1: Live in Madrid 1995 (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 2: Live in Norwich 1998 (2021)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 3: Live in Malmö 2000 (2022)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 4: Live in Heilbronn 1984 (2022)
We Play Rock 'N' Roll: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival '07 (2023)
The Löst Tapes Vol. 5: Live at Donington Download Fest '08 (2023)
Enter Sandman (2023)
Remorse? No! (2024)