10 Crucial Moments In Motorhead History

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[Photo: Getty Images]

4. Lemmy, Hit Songwriter
Surprisingly, rock’s resident brigand, known to live on a diet of cheap speed and cheaper sex, co-wrote one of fellow reprobate Ozzy Osbourne’s most sensitive power ballads, “Mama, I’m Coming Home.” To Lemmy’s chagrin, he’s made more money from that one song’s royalties than from the entire Motörhead discography. (NOTE: He has also written songs for The Ramones and Lita Ford.)

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3. No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith Live LP
This 11 song live assault is Motörhead’s most successful album chart-wise, going #1 in the United Kingdom at the time of its release in 1981. The single LP collection finds the classic lineup of Lemmy, drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor and guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke tearing into the cream of their repertoire with no quarter shown to the audience or their eardrums. It is one of rock great live recordings, its status as such acknowledged in such tributes as the Beastie Boys song “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and Metallica’s seminal No Life ’til Leather demo.

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Photo: Getty Images]

2. Lemmy: The Movie
With the tag line “49% Motherf**ker, 51% son of a bitch,” 2010’s Lemmy is a feature length documentary about Motörhead’s mole-sporting sole constant member directed and produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski. Tucked between celebrity accolades from Slash and Dave Grohl among others, one learns such interesting tidbits as the fact that Lemmy has bedded over 1000 women, owns an extensive collection of Nazi memorabilia and his idea of fatherly advice to his son is “Don’t do coke. Just do speed. It’s much better for you.”

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