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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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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Mikkey Dee: Lemmy Kilmister Would Have Hated Recent Charlottesville Violence

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has ventured thoughts on how the late Lemmy Kilmister would react to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va. recently.

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Chiswick Records
Chiswick Records

40 Years Ago: Motorhead Release Their Self-Titled Debut Album

On Aug. 21, 1977, Motorhead began their career ascent with their self-titled album.

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English Scientists Name Prehistoric Crocodile After Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister is going into the history books as the Motörhead frontman has had a prehistoric crocodile named after him in his home country of England.

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Facebook: Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air Crowd Honors Lemmy Kilmister With Sing-Along to Motorhead’s Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’

Watch the power of the masses as the Wacken Open Air crowd pay tribute to Lemmy Kilmister with a sing-along to Motorhead's cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes.'

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Hear Motorhead’s Cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’

Hear the legendary metal band's cover of Bowie's classic.

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Download Festival 2005 - Day Three
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Motorhead to Issue ‘Under Cover’ Album Featuring Never-Before-Heard David Bowie Cover

A new covers album is coming from Motorhead, comprised of the best cover songs from the legendary rock and roll band’s career.

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Amplified Ale Works

Motorhead Partner With Amplified Ale Works to Bring Two New Signature Beers

The Motorhead brand is alive and well with another two signature beers on the way!

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Victor Vran Motorhead Through the Ages

‘Victor Vran: Overkill Edition’ Reveals ‘Motorhead: Through the Ages’ Gaming Expansion

Get a look at the new 'Motorhead: Through the Ages' gaming expansion for the 'Victor Vran: Overkill Edition' role playing game.

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Motorhead-beer.com

Motorhead’s ‘Road Crew’ Beer Wins ‘Best Newcomer’ at 2017 Carouser Awards

Facing off against one of Iron Maiden's brews among others, the public voted Motorhead's 'Road Crew' beer as the 'Best Newcomer!'

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Bronze

38 Years Ago: Motorhead Paved the Way for Thrash With Second Album ‘Overkill’

On March 24, 1979, Motorhead influences generations of rockers to come with the release of their 'Overkill' album.

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