On Monday 28 December 2015 our world lost its last true rock star when Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister succumbed to a short battle with cancer. There’s not much that we can say here that hasn’t already been said by the great and the good of our community but it’s safe to say that if you have even a faint interest in rock and metal, then Lemmy and Motörhead will have touched your life in one way or another.
Motörhead were one of the few bands who never sold out in any way shape or form, surviving for forty years with their integrity intact and a great deal of credit must go to Lemmy for that. He was the living embodiment of a rock star and we could live our fantasies vicariously through him without any concern for our own wellbeing. But there was so much more to the man than the drug snorting, booze guzzling, mad-shagger persona of media folklore. Fans will be well aware that he was well mannered, quick witted and a man with a strong moral backbone.
Lemmy often claimed that Motörhead were not a heavy metal band but there’s no doubting he penned some brutally heavy tunes over the years. He also epitomised the pioneering nature of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – if not the sound – and was the all-encompassing embodiment of the spirit of rock and roll.
This then is our retrospective of the towering classics, the almost forgotten, the modern-day barnstormers and the monumentally heavy albums that made Lemmy and Motörhead such an undeniably reliable and thrilling proposition for nearly 40 years.
To paraphrase the great man himself “they were Motörhead and they played rock ‘n roll”.