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With a career now spanning four, fast-and-furious decades and counting, England’s Motorhead aren’t just the forefathers of all varieties of speed metal, but undoubtedly among the most influential and revered heavy metal bands of all time — just don’t call them “heavy metal” to their faces. Motorhead’s long story is essentially the story of its leader, vocalist and bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister — except that Lemmy’s story is even longer, as he put in time as Jimi Hendrix’s roadie and a member of bands like the Rockin’ Vic-ars and space rockers Hawkwind long before even founding Motorhead in 1975. Then, for three long years, Kilmister struggled to keep Motorhead alive, but after having their first album rejected and re-recording it for another label in 1977, the band finally caught fire in 1979. That year, Lemmy, guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clark and drummer Philthy ‘Animal’ Taylor delivered a pair of speed metal benchmarks in ‘Overkill’ and ‘Bomber,’ and then followed them with two of heavy music’s most essential albums in 1980’s ‘Ace of Spades’ and ’81’s ‘No Sleep ’til Hammersmith’ (which went to No. 1 in the U.K.). Clarke left Motorhead after ’82’s ‘Iron Fist’ and Taylor followed after ’83’s ‘Another Perfect Day’ (featuring Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson), but Lemmy expanded the band to a quartet with guitarists Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston and Phil Campbell, plus former Saxon drummer Pete Gill, for 1984’s double career retrospective, ‘No Remorse,’ featuring an iconic new single named ‘Killed by Death.’ Taylor returned after 1986’s ‘Orgasmatron’ but left again in ’92 and was soon followed by Wurzel, thus returning Motorhead to its classic, power trio formation built around Lemmy, Campbell and former King Diamond drummer Mikkey Dee. From this point forward, Motorhead remained an ever dependa-ble recording and touring proposition, year in and year out: always respected for their blue-collar work ethic and colossal influence, while remaining firmly (and frustratingly) entrenched in the heavy metal underground. But in 2005, the band was awarded their first Grammy, and in 2010 Lemmy was celebrated by a feature-length, star-studded documentary that deservingly elevated both his and his band’s mainstream profile. And, though he had long before swapped dingy London for sunny Los Angeles, Lemmy remained the embodiment of the drinking, drugging, skirt-chasing rocker until health issues finally forced him to retire some bad habits in 2013. All the while, Lemmy insists on categorizing Motorhead, not as heavy metal, but as just another rock and roll band, yet, whatever they are, they are still, for the moment, indestructible.

 
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YouTube: Waxx

Megadeth, Halestorm, Amon Amarth + DragonForce Members Record Motorhead Cover

A slew of rock and metal musicians have recorded a cover of Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' in tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister.

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Motorhead - 'Clean Your Clock' - Limited Edition Box Set
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Unboxing Motorhead’s ‘Clean Your Clock’ Limited Edition Box Set

Motorhead professionally recorded two of their final shows before Lemmy's death, and they've been preserved in a beautiful, limited edition box set.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Motorhead, ‘Clean Your Clock’ – Live Album/DVD Review

Check out our review of the new Motorhead live album/DVD 'Clean Your Clock.'

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Los Angeles’ Rainbow Bar & Grill to Salute Lemmy Kilmister With ‘Lemmy’s Lounge’

Lemmy Kilmister's favorite hangout, Los Angeles' Rainbow Bar & Grill, will rename the renovated patio area 'Lemmy's Lounge' in the musician's honor.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Snubbed in New Heavy Metal Elements Naming

Fans petitioned for one of four newly discovered heavy metal elements to be named after Lemmy Kilmister, but the icon has been snubbed.

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Adam Berry, Getty Images

Mikkey Dee on Motorhead Archive: ‘Almost Everything Has Been Released’

Drummer Mikkey Dee has shot down the idea that a Motorhead archive collection will arrive, stating 'almost everything has been released.'

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Testament’s Chuck Billy Performs Johnny Cash-Inspired Rendition of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’

The Johnny Cash-inspired cover wasn’t done in the studio or in front of thousands of spinning thrash fans; it was at a family birthday party.

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YouTube: UDR - Home of legends

Motorhead Release ‘Overkill’ Video From ‘Clean Your Clock’ Live CD/DVD

Motorhead have unleashed the video for 'Overkill' off their forthcoming live CD/DVD, 'Clean Your Clock.'

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Martyn Goodacre, Getty Images

Late Motorhead Drummer Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor’s Personal Items Being Auctioned

Items from late Motorhead drummer Phil 'Philty Animal' Taylor's estate have gone to auction including tour memorabilia, drum kits and more.

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Soulfly Welcome Battlecross, Suffocation + Abnormality Tourmates Onstage for Cover of Motorhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Watch as Soulfly cover Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' with members of Battlecross, Suffocation and Abnormality.

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