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Motörhead – The 10 Albums That Cemented Their Fearless Legacy

The towering classics, the almost forgotten, the modern-day barnstormers and the monumentally heavy....

8. Overnight Sensation (1996)

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By the time Motorhead’s thirteenth studio album came along they had reverted back to a trio with their longest lasting line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee in place. With Wurzel gone, if Phil Campbell had any concerns about taking on the role of sole guitarist then he certainly kept them in check!

This mid-period release has everything you can ever want or need from a Motorhead album. From great performances to great songs such as “Civil War”, the straight-up rock of “Crazy Like A Fox” and heavier tracks like “Love Can’t Buy You Money” and “Shake The World, Overnight Sensation rarely gets the credit it deserves.

It must have been extremely frustrating for the band that – at this point in their career – they could barely get arrested in their home country. In fact, it was around this time that Lemmy stated they could make enough money from their success in Germany to sustain the band and no doubt he allowed himself a chuckle when he came up with album title; quintessential British humour from a band that were practically ignored by their UK compatriots. 

If you don’t own a copy of Overnight Sensation or haven’t listened to it in a while we urge you to do yourself a favour and give it a blast….this forgotten classic will not leave you disappointed.

About Gavin O'Connor (161 Articles)
Lifelong Heavy Metal fan. First got into Quo and Leppard, when I was 9 or so I first heard Megadeth and that was me hooked

4 Comments on Motörhead – The 10 Albums That Cemented Their Fearless Legacy

  1. A very enjoyable and well written read. I’d like to add that Another Perfect Day whilst having a clean guitar , still had a very heavy production, Lemmy and philthy were filthy as usual and it’s this contrast which worked so well. Motorhead also played one or two tracks live on most recent tours since the as mentioned Inferno tour in 2004. I’m currently listening to Overnight Sensation which is criminally overlooked. Their legacy will be immortal! R.I.P Lemmy

    • Gavin O'Connor // January 19, 2016 at 6:19 pm // Reply


      Thanks for the comment mate and glad you enjoyed the article. It was hard to whittle it down to just 10 albums.

      Overnight Sensation is a fine album, it’s a pity most of their 90’s stuff is ignored as they have some great albums from that period

  2. Ernie Scheel // February 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm // Reply

    I can see your issue as I would not be able to keep the list to just ten albums either. I at first had a very hard time sitting through the Bad Magic album. Being a 7 year cancer survivor, as i listened to that album i felt some of what Lemmy must have gone through during the recording process. It becomes very hard to breathe as cancer advances so the fact that he finished the album and then toured for as long as he did and didn’t know he had cancer is a testament to his will.

    He was Motorhead.

    The other nine albums are great picks, no dud tracks on any of them.

    A well written article.

    • Gavin O'Connor // February 9, 2016 at 8:06 am // Reply


      Thanks for taking the time to read the article and comment on it. So happy to hear you are a survivor, stay strong my friend

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