Clad head to toe in black denim, named after their singer’s favorite drug, quite possibly the loudest band on Earth, England’s Motörhead are rock n’roll’s ultimate outlaw gang. Like AC/DC or The Ramones, they write basically one song and that one song is better than most bands entire discographies. Helmed since 1975 by legendary bassist-singer-rogue Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, their high speed hymns of oblivion have been inspiring hard rockers, metalheads and punks for nearly 40 years and the band has no intentions of slowing down. These are the 10 Most Crucial Moments in Motörhead History.
10. Lemmy Roadies For The Greatest Guitarist Of All Time
When Lemmy moved to London in 1967 he crashed on Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding’s floor and landed a part-time job as a roadie for the group. Getting paid to watch Jimi Hendrix play guitar night after night not only ranks as one of the best jobs ever but the Lord of The Strings also showed Lemmy the fine points of being a rock star and how to charm the ladies, in an out of the bedroom. 9. Motörhead: Every Punk Rockers Favorite Metal Band
Despite members protests that Motörhead are just a rock n’roll band, there’s no denying their place in the heavy metal pantheon. When they formed, punks and metalheads were opposing tribes but the band’s raw, aggressive style won fans amongst the safety-pinned minions and Lemmy even filled in on bass for first wave British punks The Damned. As punk went hardcore and metal started to thrash, Motörhead also provided the sonic blueprint for mid-80s crossover bands. 8. Lemmy Gets Kicked Out Of Hawkwind
Lemmy joined acid-gobbling English space rockers Hawkwind in 1971 and played on their UK hit single “Silver Machine” and landmark Space Ritual double live album. Thanks to heavy touring the band was poised for a US breakthrough but when Lemmy got busted for amphetamine possession going into Canada in 1975 his more lysergic-friendly bandmates gave him the boot. Proving revenge is a dish best served piping hot, Lemmy rushed back to England, purportedly screwed all their girlfriends and started Motörhead.