January 21st, 2016
A little over three weeks ago Lemmy passed away. He was 70.
I first encountered him, like lots of folks, via Motörhead, the band he lead starting in mid-1975 until his death. It took a while but I eventually learned that he had been a member of Hawkwind in the first half of the 70s. I went out and bought Hall of the Mountain Grill and loved it.
Lemmy was renowned for leading a rock’n'roll lifestyle of booze and drugs along with the ubiquitous cigarette. Motörhead hadn’t had much popular success, at least not here in the States, in a while yet he kept plugging away playing the music he wanted as trends came and went. The band were arguably proto-thrash with Metallica covering several of their songs.
For me Lemmy was just one of those great characters of rock music and I’m sorry that he’s gone.
This is Motörhead live on 3 June 1977 at the Birmingham Town Hall in – you guessed it – Birmingham, UK. This was billed as a soundboard but sounds like an audience recording. Regardless, it is really nice.
Keep Us On The Road
I’m Your Witch Doctor
Train Kept A-Rollin’
White Line Fever
My introduction to Motörhead was on The Young Ones University Challenge episode. Here’s the band’s performance.