Alongside drummer, Lucas Fox, and guitarist, Larry Wallis, Motorhead was founded in 1975, by a man who had been thrown out of Hawkwind and Black Sabbath. Lemmy Kilminster, the mutton-chopped bassist, fronted them through most of their big hitters.
Motorhead arguably invented thrash metal. While their roots were firmly rock ‘n’ roll, they had a knack for playing faster and louder than anyone else. The Motorhead sound fused punk energy with crunching guitars to create something noisier and nastier than anything that had been heard before.
The band members did nothing to dispel the image, looking like a band of gunslinging Hell’s Angels, leading Kilminster to declare that “if we moved in next door, your lawn would die.”
Their fourth album, Ace of Spades, proved to be their breakthrough. Featuring the single of the same name, it demonstrated Motorhead’s ability with lyrics, as much as their ability to crank out meaty riffs. Over 40 years later, it’s still considered to be a classic, with every song offering near-perfect hard rock.
Motorhead’s live shows proved as frenetic and as loud as their albums. Captured on the album, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, it’s loud, chaotic and angry. Featuring the classic line-up of Lemmy, Fast Eddie Clarke and Philthy Taylor, it’s the sound of a band that knows no limits.