I can’t remember the first time I heard Motorhead because it was that long ago. I can distinctly remember the first time I saw their bass-playing lead singer, Lemmy, though. It was on an episode of The Young Ones called “Bambi”, originally aired in 1984. Lemmy certainly left a lasting impression.
Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister has a unique bass-playing and vocal style and a signature microphone technique. He has the mic higher on the stand than his head so he sings up into it instead of down. He was a bass player in Hawkwind from 1972-1975 and left the band shortly after releasing his track “Motorhead” with the band. It originally appeared as a B-side to Hawkwind’s single “Kings Of Speed“.
Lemmy formed Motorhead shortly after leaving Hawkwind and they released their debut album in 1977. But it was the classic trilogy of albums released during 1979-1980 that cemented the band’s reputation and developed their signature sound. If you’ve ever considered adding some Motorhead to your collection than these albums are a great place to start.
Although Motorhead have been through several lineup changes, with Lemmy the only stalwart, their signature sound rarely deviates, something their fans appreciate. He is known to be a chain smoking, hard drinking and hard living example of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. It makes one wonder how people like him survive. Not only does he appear to be surviving, but also thriving in the new millenium. Motorhead will release Bad Magic later this year which will be the band’s 8th studio album released since 2000. I’ll leave the final word to Lemmy in the photo below.