By Roberto Boschian – Track Addicts Podcast
Just like many of you, i got the news via text a few hours ago that Motorhead founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away following a “short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer.” It can easily be said that along with Ozzy Osbourne, and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Lemmy is one of the forefathers of heavy metal music.
I was struck with an eerie feeling when i received the news. Yesterday I was at Flipside Records in Clawson and picked up Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ on vinyl. It’s an album i grew up listening to but hadn’t yet found a good vinyl copy at a good price. Last night, I listened to the album and was instantly time warped to my youth with songs like ‘Fire Fire,’ ‘We Are The Road Crew,’ and ‘Jailbait.’ I first saw Motorhead live in 1995 opening for Black Sabbath. It would be the first of many Motorhead live experiences. I wonder if it was some sort of sign from the metal gods above that drove me to that section of the store and grab THAT particular record?
Most know Lemmy as the gravel voiced, mutton chopped, booze fueled leader of Motorhead, but if you do your research on him you will find that he was actually a very gifted songwriter. He was brought in as a songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne’s 1991 No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks “Hellraiser”, “Desire”, “I Don’t Want to Change the World” and the single “Mama I’m Coming Home”. Lemmy has noted in several magazine and television interviews that he made more money from the royalties of that one song than he had in his entire time with Motörhead.
If you have never seen the 2010 documentary ‘Lemmy,’ I highly recommend the DVD for those of you wanting to find out why Lemmy is such a huge influence on so many artists including Metallica, Slash, and Dave Grohl. The documentary shows Lemmy in his everyday life as a legendary rock star living in a one bedroom apartment, walking distance from the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. He had been living in the Sunset Strip apartment since the eighties. Lemmy could be found daily by fans and friends sitting in exactly the same spot at the bar playing video poker.
For those not sure where to dive into Motorhead musically. I would start with the ‘Ace Of Spades’ album, then when you’re hungry for more pick up ‘Overkill’ and ‘No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith.’
Rest In Peace Lemmy. You will be missed.