YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #24 UK
SINGLES: Overkill (#39 UK), No Class (#61 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Stay Clean, Metropolis, I’ll Be Your Sister, Capricorn
LINEUP: Lemmy Kilmister, Fast Eddie Clark, Philthy Animal Taylor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After several false starts, Motorhead gets a proper recording session and melts everyone’s face.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Talk about a game changer! The second full-length by Motorhead becomes a big hit, despite the hurdles they overcame early in their career. Finally, the fury and power of their sound comes to life.
Riffs? Yeah, they’re all over the place here. Lemmy being Lemmy, playing his massive bass and croaking out his lyrics with anger and vengeance? You bet. This is the record that established the formula for most of Motorhead’s early career, and it’s packed to the brim with favorites – including “Stay Clean” which may be their best song thanks to Fast Eddie’s incessant wah-wah riff and Lemmy’s bass solo.
Metal fans definitely should have this. Heck, rock fans should have this in their collection. It’s a touchstone album that has inspired so many bands of so many genres. You don’t have to look pretty, or sound pretty. You just have to melt faces!
NOTES & MINUTAE: The owner of Bronze Records let them record a single (“Louie Louie”) and he released it without hearing it first. When he heard it, he thought it was awful – but it quickly hit the charts and led to an appearance on Top of the Pops. He got over his objection to the sound soon after!
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A couple are out there – one with singles attached and one with several alternate takes.
GRADE: A. Most every song here is top notch and one that almost every hard rock or metal fan wishes they would have recorded.