It’s a widely known fact that Motörhead are one of the cornerstones of the music we love so much, with an influence that was more than just wide reaching, they touched a multitude of genres and broke into the mainstream! No mean feat when you made as much noise as Motörhead did!
But, as highly lauded as they are, the vast majority of their recorded output seems to be overlooked – or completely ignored – in favour of the albums they recorded with the ‘classic’ line-up of Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and “Philthy Animal” Taylor.
Whilst casual fans may only know the early classics from the more well known aforementioned trio, all true Motörheadbangers know that the band never stopped writing great music, no matter what the line-up and no matter what the era.
So, in order to highlight some of Motörhead’s ‘later’ treasures, Worship Metal presents The Ten Best Motörhead Songs From 1984 – 2015:
10. Victory Or Die
From the album: Bad Magic (2015)
This lead off track from Motörhead’s final studio album was the epitome of kick ass rock ‘n’ roll from a band that had been raising hell for 40 years and an astonishing 22 studio albums! In Lemmy, they had a leader who may have been suffering from numerous serious health problems but could still deliver an album with more hunger and vitality than bands a quarter of their age.
“Victory Or Die” – how Motörhead is that title! – is the essence of Motörhead distilled into just over 3 minutes of bellicose rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not big, it’s not smart but holy shit it’s one hell of a good listen and an amazing way to usher in the final chapter in Motörhead’s unparalleled legacy!
9. Take The Blame
From the album: Snake Bite Love (1998)
If ever proof was needed that Motörhead could do heavy metal with the best of them, then this song is as good as any a place to start!
Lyrically the band are talking aim at Politicians and their treatment of us ordinary folk, which became something of a go to topic for the band as the years went by. In 1998, many of the old school were pushing away from heavy metal but, on this track, Motörhead fully embraced it.
From Phil Campbells scything riffs, to ‘that’ ever present bass rumble topped off with Mikkey Dee beating seven shades of shit out of his drums, “Take The Blame” was the Motörhead equivalent of being given a good shoeing by the school bully!