TITLE: Ace of Spades
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: #201 US, #4 UK
SINGLES: Ace of Spades (#15 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Love Me Like a Reptile, (We Are) The Roadcrew, The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
LINEUP: Fast Eddie Clark, Lemmy Kilmesiter, Philthy Animal Taylor
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Landmark album from as Lemmy says, “a rock ‘n’ roll band”.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Every rock ‘n’ roll fan worth their salt knows “Ace of Spades”, right? How about 11 other tracks almost as good? You got it here folks!
Riffs? Yeah, Fast Eddie has the riffs. Power? Yeah, Lemmy and Philthy Animal bring that? Swagger and attitude? In spades, as it were. Volume? The switch is broken – it’s full blast all the time.
Motorhead came into their own here, and it was due to producer Vic Maile that they harnessed their power. He was a no-nonsense producer that didn’t cotton to their outlandish behavior and arguments and got them to focus on the songs. He also mixed the album himself, making it clear and bright (well, as bright as Motorhead can be). The result? A rock ‘n’ roll classic.
Some of the songs may not be…um…suitable. But it was a rock ‘n’ roll album that celebrated the lifestyle of the 70’s. It also included a tribute to the road crew. I fully believe Lemmy and Motorhead lived this album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Lemmy summed up this album: “We only thought of ourselves as a good time rock ‘n’ roll band, really… But we weren’t trying to get a message across, apart from have a good time, you know: get pissed, get stoned, and fuck a chick. And that’ll do.”
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, their EP with Girlschool is appended.
GRADE: A+: You gotta crank this record, if only to piss off the right people.