Though I wanted to get this online yesterday for the actual anniversary, I’ve been a bit numb at the news of the passing of the great Adam West whose death we had to address for our “In Memoriam” section. Now that some reflection has been done in his memory it’s time to speak about the 40th Anniversary of the single “Motorhead” by the band of the very same name. Now this is the bands second single as their first was “Leaving Here” but I felt that this one was more worthy of a toast. The song is actually a number that was written by Lemmy for the band Hawkwind who he was a member of for a few years. This was the last song that he would write for them before being dismissed for substance abuse. Fans of the tune should find a version by Hawkwind since it’s so incredibly different from the one so many of us have some to love.
Listening to this version so many years later I find that it still packs a punch and since I was a latter-day fan of the band must admit that I wouldn’t really even be following the band until the “No Sleep Til Hammersmith” album. That was a live recording that almost everyone I knew had a copy of. The B-Side for the single was a song called “City Kids” but I found that one to be a straight-ahead Heavy Rock track while the “Motorhead” number was touching upon Metal. The lineup for the single is the oft-referred to as the classic lineup of the group which amounts to Lemmy, “Fast” Eddie Clarke and “Philthy Animal” Taylor. The full album would be released in August of this same year and I’ll toast that anniversary when it arrives. To learn more about the track itself just click on the Wikipedia entry below and of course let me know what you think of it as a song in your music catalog so many years later. Where you among the first to hear the band? I know I wasn’t but there are quite a few of you out there. What a shame to have lost Lemmy and Phil before this music milestone came to be. Somewhere up in the great beyond I’d like to think they are smiling down on their fans.
2. City Kids
Official Song Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorhead_(Mot%C3%B6rhead_song)
Official Website: http://www.imotorhead.com