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Motörhead

Band
1975 June / 2015 December
Great Britain Great Britain

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Band Motörhead

Overview

History

Motörhead were a British heavy metal band formed in London, UK in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), known mostly by his stage name Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. The band pre-dated, but are sometimes regarded as part of, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Motörhead is also regarded as, with Judas Priest and Accept, one of the first Speed Metal bands.
Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal. Lemmy dislikes such labels, preferring to describe the band's music simply as "rock 'n' roll" and usually opening live shows with the line "We are Motörhead. We play rock and roll." Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's foremost rock bands.
Motörhead's approach has remained the same over the band's career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best; their appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs. Motörhead's lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and "life on the road". The band's distinctive fanged-face logo, War-Pig (AKA Snaggletooth), with its oversized boar's horns, chains, and spikes, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums.

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Members

Lemmy Kilmister (lead vocals, bass guitar)
1975 June - 2015 December
Phil Campbell (guitar)
1984 February - 2015 December
Mikkey Dee (drums)
1992 July - 2015 December
Würzel (guitar)
1984 February - 1992 December
Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor (drums)
1975 December - 1984 February, 1987 February - 1992 May
Pete Gill (drums)
1984 February - 1987 June
Brian Robertson (guitar)
1982 May - 1983 November
Eddie Clarke (guitar)
1976 February - 1982 May
Larry Wallis (guitar)
1975 June - 1976 February
Lucas Fox (drums)
1975 June - 1975 December

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Discography

Studio Album

1976
Album has 12 releases
1978
Album has 20 releases
1978
Album has 23 releases
1979
Album has 6 releases
1979
Album has 21 releases
1981
Album has 16 releases
1982
Album has 14 releases
1985
Album has 19 releases
1986
Album has 16 releases
1990
Album has 7 releases
1992
Album has 4 releases
1993
Album has 9 releases
1994
Album has 6 releases
1995
Album has 4 releases
1997
Album has 3 releases
1999
Album has 5 releases
2001
Album has 6 releases
2003
Album has 7 releases
2006
Album has 8 releases
2007
Album has 6 releases
2009
Album has 6 releases
2013
Album has 7 releases
2015
Album has 9 releases

Single

1977
Album has 3 releases
1978
Album has 2 releases
1982
Album has 1 releases
1983
Album has 2 releases
1990
Album has 1 releases
2007
Album has 3 releases

EP

1978
Album has 1 releases
1980
Album has 1 releases
1982
Album has 1 releases
1982
Album has 1 releases
1992
Album has 1 releases