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Motörhead are an English hard rock/heavy metal formed in 1975 by Lemmy (real name Ian) Kilmister. Often considered a precursor to, or one of the earliest members of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (stylized as NWOBHM), Motörhead are one of the few bands of that period that are still active, releasing albums, and maintaining relevancy in the heavy metal scene.

In their nearly 40 years of existence as a band, Motörhead has released 20 full-length albums (they’ll release their 21st this year, 2013), and almost innumerable live albums, compilations, EPs, singles, bootleggers, and videos.

Best known for the single Ace of Spades, the band has solidified it’s place in rock ‘n roll history by exemplifying, both lyrically and in their real lives, what many have, for better or worse, come to associate the lifestyle of a rocker as. That being one of sex, drugs, gambling, driving fast and playing their music loud. Ace of Spades has gone on to appear in movies, commercials, video games, and television in addition to being covered by numerous bands both live and on studio albums.

First mentioned in an August 2012 interview with Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, it was announced during the summer of 2013 that the band had been working on a follow up album to their 2010 release The World is Ours. Titled Aftershock, the new album is expected to drop September 21 in Germany and early October elsewhere.

Aftershock will be the band’s 21st album in their (at the time of this writing) 38-year history.

Motörhead’s original line up consisted of Lemmy Kilmister on vocals and bass, Larry Wallis on guitar, and Lucas Fox on the drums. After having gone through numerous roster changes as of 2013 Motörhead is Lemmy, Phil Campbell on guitar, and Mikkey Dee on drums. Though the years the band has collaborated with many bands and musicians, most notably Slash of Guns n’ Roses, C.C. DeVille of Poison, Doro Pesch of Warlock, and Ozzy Osbourne.

According to numbers retrieved in 2012, Motörhead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and show no sign of slowing down. Ace of Spades, the band’s fourth effort and best selling album by far, was first released in 1980. The album’s title track peaked in the UK singles charts at number 15 as the album peaked at number 4 in the album charts and was certified gold (500,000+ units sold) in 1981.

Since their inception the band has made use of a very recognizable logo, a bore’s head with tusks, fangs, and chains dubbed War-pig or, in some cases, Snaggletooth. Motorhead fans often adorn themselves with this image or that of an Ace of Spades to show support. Some fans have gone so far as to tattoo the logos on their body; pictures of those tattoos and other fan art/dedications are showcased on the official Motörhead website.

Current Members:
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister - Vocals & Bass
Phil Campbell - Guitar
Mikkey Dee - Drums
Former Members:
Lucas Fox
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
Pete "Frank" Gill
Tommy Aldridge
Matt Sorum
Larry Wallis
Fast Eddie Clarke
Brian "Robbo" Robertson
Mick "Wurzel" Burston
Studio Albums:
Motorhead - 1977 - [Buy]
Overkill - 1979 - [Buy]
Bomber - 1979 - [Buy]
On Parole - 1979 - [Buy]
Ace of Spades - 1980 - [Buy]
No Sleep til Hammersmith - 1981 - [Buy]
Iron Fist - 1982 - [Buy]
Whats Words Worth - 1983 - [Buy]
Another Perfect Day - 1983 - [Buy]
Orgasmatron - 1986 - [Buy]
Rock n Roll - 1987 - [Buy]
No Sleep at All - 1988 - [Buy]
Blitzkrieg on Birmingham 77 - 1989 - [Buy]
The Birthday Party - 1990 - [Buy]
Lock Up Your Daughters - 1990 - [Buy]
1916 - 1991 - [Buy]
Live 1983 - 1991 - [Buy]
Jailbait - 1992 - [Buy]
March or Die - 1992 - [Buy]
Bastards - 1993 - [Buy]
Live at Brixton 87 - 1994 - [Buy]
Sacrifice - 1995 - [Buy]
Overnight Sensation - 1996 - [Buy]
King Biscuit Flower Hour - 1997 - [Buy]
Live on the KING BISCUIT flower hour - 1998 - [Buy]
Snake Bite Love - 1998 - [Buy]
Everything Louder than Everyone Else - 1999 - [Buy]
We Are Motorhead - 2000 - [Buy]
Hammered - 2002 - [Buy]
Live At Brixton Academy - 2003 - [Buy]
Inferno - 2004 - [Buy]
BBC Live & In-Session - 2005 - [Buy]
Kiss of Death - 2006 - [Buy]
Live - 2006 - [Buy]
Better Motorhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith - 2007 - [Buy]
Motorizer - 2008 - [Buy]
Aftershock - 2013 - [Buy]
Other Albums/EPs/ECT:
White Line Fever - 1977
Motorhead - 1977
Louie Louie / Tear Ya Down - 1978
Overkill c/w Too Late, Too Late - 1978
No Class c/w Like a Nightmare - 1979
Bomber c/w Over the Top - 1979
Ace of Spades c/w Dirty Love - 1980
Train Kept A Rollin - 1981
Motorhead c/w Over the Top - 1981
Go To Hell - 1982
Iron Fist c/w Remember Me Im Gone - 1982
I Got Mine c/w Turn You Round Again - 1983
Shine - 1983
Killed By Death - 1984
Deaf Forever - 1986
Rock N Roll - 1987
Live In Athens - 1988
The One To Sing The Blues - 1990
Its Almost...1916 - 1991
No Sleep til Spain - 1991
No Voices In The Sky - 1991
The Better Late Than Never Fan Club Flexi - 1991
Bad Religion - 1992
Cat Scratch Fever - 1992
Hellraiser - 1992
You Better Run - 1992
Burner - 1993
Dont Let Daddy Kiss Me - 1993
Ace Of Spades (The CCN Remix) - 1993
Born To Raise Hell - 1994
Sacrifice (Promo) - 1995
I Dont Believe A Word - 1996
Hump On Your Back - 1996
Love For Sale (Promo) - 1998
See me Burning - 2000
God save the Queen - 2000
Shut Your Mouth - 2002
Whorehouse Blues - 2005
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. / Devil I Know - 2006
God Was Never On Your Side - 2006
Overkill / Tie Your Mother Down - 2007
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