Issue #125 - May 25, 2001

OS: New Merchandise
OS: Mikkey Dee played live with Dio
Re: Overnight Sensation Issue #124
OS: Huh? WTF?
OS: Lemmy's book deal killed?
Re: Overnight Sensation Issue #124
OS: Motrhead in Turkey?
OS: That Concert
OS.support bands
OS: Phil Campbell's Birthday
Re: Overnight Sensation Issue #124
OS: Heavy Brssday Philip!
OS: Need some advice
OS: Just a fan, with TourDate info query:-))
OS: Dynamo open Air?
OS: Hey-Ho, He's Gone
OS: Lemmy
OS: Reply to Ola (mikkey dee with dio)
OS: Take Motorhead Out To The Ball Game
OS Request
OS: Hulk Hogan is a Motorhead fan
OS: Timeout magazine interview with Lemmy - 1982
os:The problem of beeing a Motorheadbanger in Germany
OS: March Or Die cover
OS: The origin of Motrhead fans
OS: live at brixton
OS: motorhead book
OS: Motorhead in Japan...
OS: Reaction to Michael Mc Intyre piece about Lemmy's interest in Nazi
OS: Manchester 2001
OS: Only-Music.Com
OS: Re: Overnight Sensation Issue #124
OS: The Roadcrew
OS: Is The Debate Over Now?
OS: Motorhead. 23/05/01. The Forum.
OS: Motorhead gig review from NME.com - Enjoy!
OS: UK Tour
OS: This Lemmy Interview
OS: motorhead interview
OS: Stone Deaf in Kentish Town
OS: i just need a few of the lyrics to The Game
O.S.: Nottingham and Wolverhampton
OS: New Motortickets site
OS: Motorhead UK Tour 2001
OS: Eat The Rich
OS: Lemmy Lyrics
OS: Lemmy in UK chocolate TV commercial

Total Motorheadbangers Receiving This Issue: 3435


Date: May 25, 2001
From: acetrump@bigfoot.com
Subject: os: new merchandise

Greetings Fellow Motorheadbangers!!


Non-Motorhead Items

Over the past year, I have managed to lay my hands on a few interesting items that I thought might interest fans of Motorhead. I have created a new section of the "Motorheadshop" that features items from the likes of Judas Priest, the Scorpions and more! I also just added some cool Iron Maiden items. Remember, all of the sales from these items go to support the website. Take a moment to have a look.


If you order ANYTHING from the non-Motorhead items section of the website, you can take a 20% discount on YOUR ENTIRE ORDER (including Motorhead items). This offer is EXCLUSIVELY for OS members and expires on May 31/01. Orders not post marked or received by midnight on May 31/01 will not qualify for the discount! A little thank you for all of your support.

Also available, the newest double CD greatest hits release from Motorhead in a limited edition, signed series of 50 pieces. Phil, Mikkey and Lemmy have all personally signed them and you are the first to have a go at them. They are $49 plus shipping and handling.

I have some cool girlie shirts in stock that are not on the website yet. These are all one-size-fits-all and are black with the Motorhead logo in red on the front. They are $25 plus appropriate shipping & handling (see any shirt in the Motorheadshop on the website for postage costs). Check all the stuff out at the Motorheadshop!


As some of you know, there have been some cancellations of festivals in Europe due to health concerns. Here is an up-to-date tour date list:


Thu 06/08/01 Austria Mind Over Matter Festival
Fri 06/09/01 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal Festival
Fri 06/16/01 Hun, Budapest Bikers Festival
Thu 06/22/01 Germany With Full Force Festival
Fri 06/23/01 Belgium Graspop Festival
Fri 07/04/01 Norway Quart Festival
Fri 07/07/01 Denmark Midtfyns Festival
Sat 07/08/01 Belfort, France Les Eurokeenes Festival
Fri 07/14/01 Switzerland Gurten Festival
Fri 07/21/01 Faro, Portugal Bikers Festival
Fri 08/04/01 Germany Wacken Open Air Festival


Still a few left. If you want projects like this in the future, please support the effort and buy one. To order one (or several as many of you did last time), please go to http://www.imotorhead.com/tshirt2000.htm

Have an awesome week!

Ace Trump
ICQ: 6055706

Date: Wed, 02 May 2001 00:15:47
From: Ola Nyberg - ola.nyberg@ebox.tninet.se
Subject: os: mikkey dee played live with dio

Hello fellow music lovers,

I read a review of the Monsters Of The Millennium show in Gothenburg a few days ago (end of April). The MOTM show travels around Scandinavia for a week or two and features Alice Cooper, Dio and Ratt. Apparently, Mikkey Dee guested with Dio on the song Neon Knights (from his Black Sabbath days). As you know, Mikkey lives in Gothenburg.

All the best,


From: "Maedabh Maedabh" cleannmaedabh@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 14:55:02

OK. This is stupid. "I am the game" is not the best song Motorhead ever did, but I like it. I, myself am a wrestler in the indys. I love wrestling. It's my life. I come down to the ring to "Nightmare:the dreamtime" and have had a TON of people ask me who the song is by, and where they can get a copy. That makes me feel great, knowing that I just turned someone on to one of my two favorite bands of all time. The more copies of WWF volume 5 sold means more money for the band, and That's a bad thing? Slayer is about to contribute a song called "Warzone" for the wrestler TEST. I bet you all are gonna say that they don't need the money or any new fans either. man you guys that say stupid shit like that are dumber than boxes of shit. Sodom Vomit? what the hell kind of name is that? Metallica isn't relevant to metal? They may not be now, but to say Metallica doesn't have relevance to metal is like saying Black Flag isn't relevant to the punk scene. And actually, AC/DC made metal/hard rock available to the redneck/jock crowd. get your story straight, you racist pig. 12 year old should have their computer time monitored by their parents. geez. idiot

Adam Strange

Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 14:17:16
From: "Aeiough Aeiough" aeiough@hotmail.com
Subject: re: overnight sensation issue #124

Just coz someone collects WWII Nazi gear makes them a sympathizer. All that stuff is SPOILS OF WAR - the Allies beat the Nazis and took their stuff.

Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 02:00:09
From: Ichor - ichor@crosswinds.net
Subject: os: huh? wtf?

I ordered Lemmy's autobiography from Amazon more than a year ago. Apparently the release date has been pushed forward several times since then. Now, however, they claim that it won't ever be released at all. Does anyone have any info on this? This is the email message I received from Amazon the other day:

>Dear Customer,
>We are very sorry to report that the release of the following title has been cancelled:
> Lemmy "LEMMY"
>This unavailable item has been cancelled from your order.

Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 20:56:25
From: Patrick and Penny Kelly - pkelly5@ix.netcom.com
Subject: os: lemmy's book deal killed?

Hi Ace and all

Just got an e-mail this week from Amazon.uk that Lemmy's book release White Line Fever has been cancelled. Anyone got any other info on the status of this? I've been on the reserve list since word first came out.

Keep up the great job Ace.

Patrick Kelly
Centreville, Maryland USA

Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 23:21:22 EDT
From: IrishRogueSean@aol.com
Subject: re: overnight sensation issue #124

alright, I'l tell ya what.
Being a 35 year old wrestling AND Motorhead fan. To see Triple H who is probably the biggest name in pro wrestling right now, opt for Motorhead (Who is the very definition of old school) for his theme song instead of the flavor of the day, such as Godsmack, Disturbed, Staind, etc. Says alot for his musical beliefs, and his personal beliefs, when I saw Jean-Paul Levesque come out at Wrestlemania and raise his fist in salute to Lemmy, I instantly became a lifelong fan of Triple H.
So lets lay off of Motorhead for doing the Wrestling thing, and infact tip our hats to Triple H for introducing a whole new generation of Kids to Motorhead.
Milwaukee, WI

Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 22:50:12
From: Bekm rn - bekam@superonline.com
Subject: os: motrhead in turkey?

Hey Ace;
Why doesn't Motrhead ever comes to Turkey for a concert? They think that here is a bad country? No, it is not and there are thousands of fuckin' Motrhead fans over here CONCERT IN TURKEY PLEASE!!! We want to see Motrhead in Turkey on the next tour!!!

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 01:48:51
From: "Michael Mc Intyre" mrm420@enteract.com
Subject: OS: That Concert

I think that what that Sabino dude said in issue #124 sounds like a great idea. A concert featuring Venom and Motorhead with millions of watts of power could be a very great thing. The destruction that could be created would be at record setting levels. The idea of laying total waste to a particular town is also a captivating idea. I have the perfect idea for the city to host this concert: Washington D.C.
Setting up the stage right in the middle of that mall thing that they have there and letting it all loose would really do the trick, I think. The Fuckin' White House would be reduced to splinters, and its occupants traumatized so badly that immediate long-term hospitalization would be necessary. On the other end, the wretched Capitol buliding would be destroyed, and all those fuckin' Political Pigs that work there and destroy the lives of the common man by dictating their various forms of bullshit would become mere flotsam screaming helplessly as they floated down the Potomac River and into permanent oblivion. The evil Pentagon would be obliterated and the slugs that creep about within its ghastly walls would be spotted running for the hills like the fuckin' cowards that all Warmongers really are. The FBI building, CIA headquarters, The Supreme Court, all of them wiped off of the face of the earth and those that work and live within would be excised from the scene. What a wonderful thing that would be! Then, when it was all over, Lemy and Cronos could come out on stage with a couple of cans of Newcastle Brown Ale and bring all the members of Venom and Motorhead out to do an all-star jam session featuring such hits as " The Star-Spangled Banner" , "God Bless America" (done in a medley with God Save The Queen), "The Stars And Stripes Forever". " America The Beautiful", and finally, " Overkill." Cronos could live his lifelong dream of jamming on-stage with Motorhead, and the entire world would be better off with that fuckin' terrible, evil, wretched town taken off of the planet. Freedom would reign supreme, and tyranny would be vanquished. I think that we need to have this concert as soon as possible. I suggest July 4th ( 4 July) as the perfect date for it to happen. There will be large crowds there that day looking for a concert on the mall anyway, how about giving them one that they will never forget?
Michael Mc Intyre

Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 04:02:57 EDT
From: DAVE1200FALCON@aol.com
Subject: os.support bands

Hi Ace and fellow MHB's.Tour posters are up in Cardiff for the show in Newport (Wales) and the support for the gig is a band called Backyard Babies,whether or not they are doing the whole U.K. tour I'm not sure. Phil has a spin off band called "A Busfull Of Nuns"who play local gigs when he's not touring.They play a lot of cover songs Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Steppenwolf etc,and are = very good.Todd was playing alongside his Dad when I saw =them recently and it's a bloody good night out.Maybe =Phil can offer some background to this, here on these pages.It would be good to find out more about his influences don't you think.
===Anyway at the gig I asked him about the recent London Anniversary show, and he said that it was definitely going to be coming out on DVD soon. More information on this would be good.See Ya!!!!!

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 05:06:19
From: "Michael Mc Intyre" mrm420@enteract.com
Subject: OS: Phil Campbell's Birthday

I see that Phil Campbell made the list of today's birthdays in History In The Mail. I see that he shares his birthday with the likes of Robert Browning , Tchaikovsky, Gabby Hayes , Robert Hegyes, Johnny Maestro (???) and Traci Lords. I think that he has made just as much if not more of a contribution to the artistic world as any of these others and Phil Campbell never sent anyone to prison because of anything he did, unlike Ms. Lords. Therefore, I think that he should get top billing today.
Mike Mc Intyre

Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 06:45:01 EDT
From: VGiova1007@aol.com
Subject: re: overnight sensation issue #124


Will Motorhead be coming to the US anytime this summer, and if so anywhere in New York or New England. Let me know thanks.
Vince G and Jimi the dog that loves Motorhead

**Ace: I am told that a US Tour for this summer is not going to happen.

Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 15:54:30 (MEST)
From: Hans Falke - Hans_Falke_666@gmx.de
Subject: heavy brssday philip!

Dear Philip,

I'd like to wish you a very happy birthday and I hope to see Motrhead at the Wacken Open Air in 2001 for it is always a pleasure for all of us to enjoy your show and your music.

It had almost blown my pants away when I read that you'd play there... very good idea!!!!! I hope you'll have another nice stay here in Germany.

Greetings to Mikkey and Lemmy!

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 15:21:27
From: "Steve P Sharp" sharp.steve@lycos.com
Subject: need some advice

Hey, Ace -

Your recent trip to England, the tale of which I read recently, inspired me to get off my ass, out of Wisconsin, and over to London to see the boys at The Forum. As of now, the 23rd is sold out, but May 25th has a few tickets left (I heard, anyway). I'm wondering if you know how a guy in the U.S. can best acquire tickets to the Forum show? Who do I call?

Your quick reply is appreciated, because I still have to get plane tickets, a hotel, passport, etc.

Thanks, Long live Lem,

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 22:25:10
From: "Demeter V. Zsolt" dvzs@freemail.hu
Subject: just a fan, with tourdate info query:-))


I've been browsing through the TourDates of this great band, and suddenly encountered one truly big hit:
Fri 06/16/01 Hun, Budapest Bikers Festival

Now, you must now I live here, in Budapest (Hungary), so I wondered immediately, where could this be, exactly I mean. And of course when...
Do you know any detail about it? I searched the net for two days now, but I haven't found anything. So please, check if you know anything exact about it, and let me know, because I desperately want to be there, but don't know where..:-)). Thank you.

Zsolt, Demeter V.

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 15:19:00 +0900
From: koike@hibino.co.jp
Subject: wwf

Hello All MHB!!

Performance with WWF of motorhead is seen!

All the best,
- Chips@1932

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 07:02:49
From: "Rik v Goethem" rvg@ironmaiden.com
Subject: dynamo open air?

I heard on the newz that Dyname Open Air was canceled because of MKZ(i dont know the name in english) its a disease that animals have on their foots and mouths well you know its really fu***ed up because everything is canceled because of it and DOA was canceled to it was in the newspaper but it still is standing at the tourdates so will it continue?

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 18:07:54
From: "Stephen Cunningham" stephen_cunningham@btinternet.com
Subject: os: hey-ho, he's gone

Hello everyone,

Sorry this is late - I have literally just learned of Joey's death. Very, very sad. Joey was the Genuine Article, just as Lemmy is. So many pale imitations around these days, but hopefully the fans of current "punk" bands will follow the line back and discover the real thing.

I got to see The Ramones at the Hummingbird, Birmingham (anyone else remember that classic venue?), what a sensational night. Ace of Spades was played before the band came on, and I made new friends simply by singing along at the top of my voice. The Ramones were just brilliant - one of those gigs that seems to last about 10 minutes - and afterwards my mate asked his girlfriend to marry him (romance, or what?), covered in sweat, reeking of booze and hairy chest bared for all to see - but she had a nice smile. We ended up helping the road crew put the mixing desk away. I nearly bust me thumb but I was so pissed I hardly noticed. We tried to convince the roadies that our good deed deserved a backstage pass, but it wasn't to be. Ah Jeez, great days.... rest easy Joey.

All the best, everyone.


Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 13:24:03
From: "ADAM NO" metaljuggernaut@hotmail.com
Subject: os: reply to ola (mikkey dee with dio)

Totally true what Ola read. I went to see Ratt, Dio and Alice Cooper in Oslo the 29th of april, and man did I get a surprise when the drummer from one of my alll time favourite bands joined Dio on Neon Knights. Before they started playing the song, Ronny James made a comment: We would have played Ace of Spades, but Mikkey doesn't know that one:) Anyway, it kicked ass, as did the rest of the show!

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 04:13:11
From: "Michael Mc Intyre" mrm420@enteract.com
Subject: OS: Take Motorhead Out To The Ball Game

On May the Ninth, I went from Chicago to Milwaukee ,Wisconsin to see a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers at the fine new edifice that the taxpayers of Wisconsin built called Miller Park. This is a grand place, with a retractable roof that opens and closes like an obsevatory's, all sorts of windows and shit in the back of the place that can be opened as well, theme restaurants for the Yuppies like TGI Fridays, corporate skyboxes and all the necessary accoutrements of an American 21st century sports stadium.
Just like all of the new places, they have tunes a-blastin' over the speakers. Of course, every Brewer player has his own theme song that's played when he comes to bat or into pitch or whatever. Tyler Houston was playing for Milwaukee that night, and when he came to bat, the theme song that was played for him was none other than " The Game." This was the first major league baseball player that I have noticed that has used that tune this season. The first two times that he came to bat, it didn't seem to be doing him much good at all. You could hardly hear the music because the volume was so low and the the public address announcer was introducing him.
The third time was a little different. There was a bit of a delay before he stepped in to bat. By now they had turned the volume up on the speakers,and "The Game" was fuckin' blasting over the system now. I had a speaker right behind where I was sitting, so I was getting Motorhead blasted right at me as this little delay went on. It was fuckin' great to hear Lemmy shouting all over the stadium. We ended up hearing well over a minute of the song this time around. Tyler Houston was obviously greatly affected by all of this as this time he stepped in and hit a home run. These Brewer fans next to me were going wild over that fact. I asked them if they understood why he hit that home run, and they said no. I told them that it was because of Motorhead, and they said "who?" These dudes were Yuppies and they were unaware of Motorhead at all. I showed them the Motorhead England T-shirt that I was wearing, and said " Motorhead. That's who sings that song that they play for him when he bats." They were dazzled by all of this, and now I think that they feel that Motorhead is cool because they wouldn't use it for a player if it wasn't.
Which is precisely why all of this debate over whether " The Game" is ruining Motorhead is total rubbish. No matter what you think of it, this tune has done stuff for the band that I thought that I would never ever see in my life. Twenty years ago right at this time was the very first time that Motorhead came to America and had albums released here and shit. In the ensuing twenty years, I have never heard them played at any sort of sporting event at all. Motorhead gets absolutely no respect in this fucked-up society at all other than from the hard-core fans. If you don't think so, do you see Motorhead in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Where is that located? What sort of people are the ones that decide who gets in there and who does not? That fuckin' place should be called The American Pop Hall Of Fame, because that's all that is in there. Americans are not exactly receptive to anything Motorhead, that is until now. Now that they are being packaged as something from wrestling instead of as Motorhead, perceptions are all different here. There were all these families at this ballgame with little kiddies in tow.
If you were to go up to these moms and dads and tell them that you had some Motorhead music that you wanted the kids to listen to, they would become instantly apoplectic and start shrieking about how you wanted to ruin the kids minds and lives and shit, and that you should be immediately incarcerated for posing such a grave danger to the children. They played "The Game" four different times at the game that night, and I saw absolutely no indications of any children having either their minds or lives destroyed by it. There were no outward signs of any futures being ruined forever due to this. There was this dude there that had to be like 90 years old. If you were to go up to him and tell him that you had some Motorhead to play for him, you would have a murder rap on your head because he would surely drop over and fuckin' die right on the spot. When I saw him that night, the song had been played three times by then, and he was still very much alive. Very old, but still alive nonetheless.
This all shows the stupidity and hypocrisy of America. You can't hear Motohead on too many real radio stations in the land because they refuse to deal with them. The fuckin' businessmen that run them have such a low opinion of Motorhead and those that listen to it that they will not serve them with their fuckin' station, so Motorhead is relegated to school stations and stations that play shit like Assyrian folk music or New Age guru shit or Polish ethnic jams the majority of the time, and have signals that are made to carry that sort of shit, so Motorhead can't sound too good on them. When the likes of the WWF take the band and have them do a theme song for one of their performers that gets adopted by other athletes in other sports, the fact that this is Motorhead is forgotten. It's the same fuckin' band with the same fuckin' dudes in it, but now it's a different story. It is a really fuckin' sad story at that.However, America is populated with stupid fuckin' assholes that are so self-centered that they have no idea what's coming off. If you want to see Motorhead have any chance at all in this society, you must find a way to circumvent them. They have done that with "The Game." That fact alone makes it a cool song, despite the sound or the realm that it was presented in or whatever is pissing people off about it all. It is helping Motorhead superscede the total horseshit that America has always put in their way. To hear their music played at a baseball game or a hockey game or something is phenomenal. You can see with your own eyes that you can indeed have Motorhead's music and a "family-style" atrmosphere and have then co-exist without bloodshed or death or pestilence or anything like that occuring. If you live in a country that doesn't have to go to these admittedly ridiculous lengths to hear Motorhead's music or have them promoted, you are lucky indeed. Just remember this one fact the next time that America tries to tell your society that it is living wrong and that they have the solutions for you to help it become right again. If you have to have Motorhead packaged as something other than Motorhead in order to get it accepted, you are in a sorry state of affairs indeed. Anyone in a state like that has no right telling anyone else what to do about anything at all.

Salutations To All,
Michael Mc Intyre

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 17:15:06
From: Juggernaut - Juggernaut@post.netlink.se
Subject: os request

Hello Motorheadbangers.

Lately there's been a lot of discussions regarding Motorheadsongs, if it's overrated and so on... I believe that that most overrated song Motorhead's ever recorded is "Ace of spades", it's bloody good, but it's overrated.
By writing this I probably make a lot of people on this list pissed, but It's by opinion and I'm just intrested if these's someone else on this list that agrees with me, or am I the only one with this opinion?

Peder Lundin, Motorviking
- Juggernaut@user.bip.net

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 11:18:25
From: Stefano Loi - nuraxi@yahoo.com
Subject: os: hulk hogan is a motorhead fan


Does anybody of you noticed that Hulk Hogan, very famous wrestling champion and occasional actor, left a message on the Motorhead russian site?! He bought the recent double The Best Of for starter I suppose and he should be a Motorhead fan now, ha! ha! I've seen him rarely, wrestling is something typically north American and it's not for us Latins. Anyway, anybody of you remember his moustache? ha!

I really don't understand why some of you were attacking the Motorhead wrestling song and their collaboration with Triple H. This Triple H fan found my e-mail address on the official site and asked me for Motorhead, more glory (and money) to Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey!!!!!

I have heard the band for the first time in '85 I think, this famous italian film director put "Locomotive" in the soundtrack of what then was his new film... Got anything to say? :-)

Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 07:21:16 -0000
From: "deaf forever" bleedingears@hotmail.com
Subject: os: timeout magazine interview with lemmy - 1982

I found this interview from the 1982 edition of timeout magazine, which was the time time when Motorhead were at their heights in the UK and Europe.


Interview 1982

Lemmy by Chris Salewich

The gnarled, ravaged figure of Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster is a familiar sight on the streets of West London. Resembling the archetypal villainous Portobello Road dealer in his grime encrusted jeans, battered black leather jacket, cowboy boots and matted shoulder-length hair, he looks the kind of person who'd sell you a lump of black rubber shoe heel as hash. Pausing only in the odd hostelry to partake of a refreshing glass of Special Brew or to engage in conversation with a member of the female sex, this ageing Knight of Notting Hill displays an odd restlessness that seems to demand he incessantly wander London's highways and by-ways.

This strange love of movement is almost certainly due to the vast quantities of amphetamine surging through Lemmy's system - and the personal Holy Grail for which he appears to be questing is most likely to be a large bag of sulphate. But the hedonistic Lemmy is no ordinary 36-year-old drunken speedfreak: he is also the singer and bassist of Motorhead, the power trio whose last LP, the appositely titled live recording 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith', went straight into the album charts at number one last summer - just like a Police album. Lemmy, in fact, is the Anti-Sting.

In both Britain and Europe the Motorhead team of Lemmy, guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil(thy Animal) Taylor are the undisputed gods of Heavy Metal music - though Lemmy himself prefers, more correctly perhaps, to classify them as A Beat Group.

'Forget Art and all that - it's bullshit. If you can send that shiver down a kid's back, then that's what it's all about.'

That there is a strong macho element in Heavy Metal cannot be denied. However, in the best of the music there is always that deflating comic quality - a constant, deliberate teetering on the verge of self parody - that is part of all great rock 'n' roll. Such conscious humour is certainly in Motorhead, both in Lemmy's lyrics and in the attitude with which all three members go about their chosen vocation: their Born To Lose diehard rock 'n' roll outlaw image is as vital to the group's importance and popularity as the hippie lifestyle that supposedly characterised the music of Hawkwind, the previous group with whom Lemmy sang and played bass.

At 36 Lemmy's bedraggled figure may seem an unlikely candidate for the post of number one heavy metal hero, a position he has held for two years, since Motorhead's popularity reached its current peak. However, his very age is one of his main qualifications: for though he is as old, if not older than the fathers of many - he even has a 15-year-old son himself - Lemmy most certainly is not A Grown-Up. In many ways he is the ultimate bad schoolboy, William Brown two and a half decades after Richmal Crompton stopped writing about him: he smells because he rarely washes and doesn't clean his teeth; he lives on Marmite sandwiches and chips; he stays up all night most nights and does everything he's told not to; and he is often in trouble with teacher, in the form of the police.

He is, in fact, the leader of the gang, with a godfather-like attitude towards its members. 'If you can give the kids a good time then that's what it's for,' Lemmy will insist in the guttural Northern growl that still lingers about his catarrh-encrusted vocal chords. 'Forget Art and all that - it's bullshit. If you can send that shiver down a kid's back, then that's what it's all about.

'That's what rock 'n' roll was for in the first place and, as far as I'm concerned, that's what it's still all about. I'm trying to give them that feeling I felt the first time I heard "All Shook Up" or "Good Golly Miss Molly". I just want to send that shiver up their back because it's the best thing I ever felt. It's even better than screwing.'

Lemmy is the personification of the rock 'n' roll romantic.

He was born in Stoke-on-Trent - itself often considered the very heart of Heavy Metal land - at the end of 1945. He was, accordingly, a teenager when the media first discovered the word to describe the new breed of youth whose lives were dominated by a popular culture that consisted of Elvis Presley dressed as a cowboy, John Wayne movies at the cinema, and nightly TV westerns: 'We're all sashaying into town looking for the fastest gun, aren't we? Of course it's the cowboy thing: I used to come home from the caff to see "Maverick". It's been all cop shows on TV since the mid-1970s: I hope that doesn't mean that all the kids today are going to grow up to be security guards.'

Notwithstanding Lemmy's initial, astutely self-publicising claims that the group would be so horrible 'that when we move in next door the grass on your lawn will die...'

Like Maverick, Lemmy is a compulsive gambling man. Indeed, his dedicated ingestion of all manner of intoxicants suggests he is gambling as much with his life as his cash. On a Saturday evening spent with him roaming the pubs of West London- an expedition which ends predictably in his long time roost of the Princess Alexandra in Portobello Road - a good portion of my time is spent propping up one-armed bandits as Lemmy rapidly loses all the money he has on him.

Lemmy is also a Space Invaders addict, the machines in his favourite haunts inevitably bearing his initials as top scorer. In fact, Lemmy's love of such machines is logical: speed freaks often need something to do with their hands to keep them occupied. The other two group members groan as they recount tales of Lemmy at the end of week-long speed binges coming home and taking apart household appliances in order to 'mend' them.

As we sit on stools at the bar of a nondescript Irish pub in Shepherds Bush, Lemmy recalls the wild Swinging Sixties parties the Rockin' Vicars would throw at their house outside Manchester.

Following his spell with the Vicars, Lemmy moved to London and found himself sharing a flat with Noel Redding, who subsequently became bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. As a result of this acquaintanceship, he became a roadie on one of the last great package tours of the 1960s, a legendary affair that included Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Move, the Nice, and Amen Corner. Lemmy's chief memories of those dates are of the handfuls of Owsley's White Lightning acid he was dropping.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Lemmy was living in a squat in Gloucester Road. One night a girl who also lived there turned up with a certain Dik Mik whom she had met in a pub down the road. Dik Mik was the electronics wizard in Hawkwind. He had left the group, intending to go to India, 'but he only got as far as Gloucester Road, which from Ladbroke Grove is the wrong direction anyway.'

Lemmy and Dik Mik discovered 'a mutual interest in how long the human body can be made to jump about without stopping.' When Dik Mik duly rejoined Hawkwind, he immediately set about campaigning to get Lemmy into the group as guitarist (the band's original guitar player had taken a cereal-bowl full of acid at the Isle of Wight festival, gone for a walk and never come back). The addition of Lemmy was discouraged by the other members, however, on the grounds that he was a friend of Dik Mik's.

'Finally, in August of '71 Hawkwind were playing a free open-air gig in Powis Square - how apt! - and I'd gone along for the ride. The bass-player hadn't turned up, but his bass had. The cry went up, "Who plays bass?" "I do," I said, never having played a bass in my entire life. So they hung a Rickenbacker on me and Dave Brock said, "Ah, you must be Lemmy: this is in E."'

In fact, it was precisely because Lemmy did play the bass like a rhythm guitar that he fulfilled a vital function in Hawkwind's sound. He sang on the group's million-selling early 1970s hit, 'Silver Machine', and became established as its most charismatic member. By 1974, however, the differences between the various band members had become too great.

A number of individuals in Hawkwind's large line-up - at various times there were up to nine musicians in the group - began to feel uncomfortable about Lemmy's conspicuous consumption. After he'd been awake on speed for ten days at a stretch, his deranged babbling became impossible for some of them to bear - he'd even been known to crash out from exhaustion and sleep with his eyes open, a sight his fellow musicians found somewhat disconcerting.

In May of 1975, a stash of white powder was uncovered on Lemmy's person by Canadian customs officials as Hawkwind were crossing the US/Canada border. The nabbed substance was not cocaine, however, but amphetamine sulphate, at that time luckily categorised under Canadian law as a Pure Food. Lemmy was released from custody scot-free. But by the time he caught up with Hawkwind for their next date in Toronto, he discovered a group decision had been taken that he should be sacked. And so Motorhead came into being, with the current line-up being finalised in March of 1976.

Notwithstanding Lemmy's initial, astutely self-publicising claims that the group would be so horrible 'that when we move in next door the grass on your lawn will die,' it was near-impossible for Motorhead to secure live work. United Artists refused to release the LP they had paid for the band to record - it was later put out to achieve considerable sales after the group had left UA and were enjoying the first fruits of their success on the Bronze label.

Ultimately, it was because of this rejection by the rock establishment that the group rose on a groundswell of grassroots support to their current status.

'Mind you, I don't advise anyone to take speed. I'm definitely an exception. I've seen no end of people go straight over the top on it. They do it for about a month and then they're gone. Locked up.'

Sitting on the sofa of the Battersea house the group are currently renting, Phil(thy Animal) wriggles uncomfortably as a result of a recent operation for the removal of anal warts. 'You hear a lot of good things and a lot of bad things about Lemmy,' he says, 'and most of then, are true, He is a cunt, he is a bastard, he does knock other people's chicks off. But he's also incredibly funny; every time you go out with him it's a memorable experience. He taught me a lot - knocked a lot of naivety out of me. 'Yet he does borrow money off people, and rip them off,' he continues, reminding me that the origin of Lemmy's name lay in his incessant requests to 'Lemme a fiver'. 'In the days when he used to sell speed, you could guarantee if he sold you a gram it was probably half a grain. He's very good at making you feel guilty. He's definitely got the gift of the gab on his side.'

Such glib verbal dexterity is representative of Lemmy The Street Animal: it's applicable mainly as a means of survival, and occasionally self indulgence - a definitive loner, Lemmy can be prone to manipulative self-justification.

However, paradoxically, he makes no attempt to justify his disapproval of drug-taking in others much younger than himself. In fact, Lemmy adopts an extremely moral stance on the manner in which large sections of British youth now self destruct all too willingly on stimulants; his utter loathing of heroin consumption is rooted in a girlfriend having OD'd on the drug and died in his arms.

'I think the drug thing has got totally out of control,' he says shaking his head disbelievingly as we wander through the streets of west Kensington on our way to another pub. 'People are trying everything far too early. They have access to a lot of drugs which are going to bend their minds completely out of shape before they've even got an identity to fall back on if anything gets nasty.

'I was 21 before I took any sort of drug or even really started drinking. But by then my personality was pretty well formed.

'Mind you, I don't advise anyone to take speed. I'm definitely an exception. I've seen no end of people go straight over the top on it. They do it for about a month and then they're gone. Locked up.'

Much as he hates politicians, Lemmy reserves an even greater hatred for organised religion - even if he is a firm believer in reincarnation. This abhorrence of the Church has understandable roots which make his surname of Kilminster seem seem darkly bizarre: when he was three months old his father, an RAF pastor, left his mother - something for which he was subsequently defrocked.

When his mother eventually remarried some ten years later, Lemmy found himself living with his step-father, step-brother and step-sister on a farm several hundred feet up a Welsh mountain some miles away from Anglesey. By then he was already a confirmed loner, and most of of his spare time was passed in wandering the mountainside fields or in reading. He is still a voracious reader, and spends many of the long hours and days he is awake immersed in books, reading and rereading them with a speedfreak's compulsion.

There is practised hatred in the utter contempt he expresses for his father: 'He's the most grovelling piece of scum on this earth. A weasel of a man with glasses and a bald spot, about a foot shorter than I am.

'I've met him twice: the last time he said, "What can I do to repay the damage I've done to you? I feel so guilty." I said, "Give me a grand then just forget it - I need some new equipment."'

Instead, Lemmy's father offered to get him a job as a trainee sales rep. 'The reason he said that was because he himself was a brilliant pianist, but he didn't have the nerve to try for it on a professional level Lemmy adds, revealing also the harsh irony that his musical abilities probably are inherited from a man he despises.

And Lemmy is apparently quite serious when he claims to be considering having his front replacement fangs in stainless steel.

But there had been another, equally cataclysmic experience in Lemmy's life. At the age of four, he had ten teeth removed without any anaesthetic: 'It was 1950 and for some reason there was no anaesthetic you could give to a kid that young. So what they used to do was take you to the infirmary, hold you down and rip your teeth out.' This must have had a very formative effect.

'It had a very informative effect... You never believed there was that much pain, did you? Well, there you are!'

His association with London's Hell's Angels chapter resulted in Lemmy's disgusting dental state deteriorating still further. Essentially, he has only good to say of the Angels, who obviously recognise kindred spirit in the stringent ethical code by which Lemmy lives his anarchic life: 'It's a very rigidly organised set-up. Sure, it can be negative in some ways, but it can be very positive in others.

'They're good lads. I get on with all of them. As an alternative to disco-dancing you must admit it has its merits.'

However, there was one Angel with whom Lemmy didn't get on, a certain Big Vinnie from the New York chapter who was over in England for a few weeks at the end of 1975, a year that certainly marked the nadir of Lemmy's fortunes.

At the time, he was living with a couple of London Angels in a squat in Stadium Street near Worlds End. From incorrect information he had received, Big Vinnie inferred that Lemmy had badly maligned the integrity of the English club. Big Vinnie went round to the Stadium Street squat. Unfortunately, none of Lemmy's squatmates were present to serve as character witnesses, and the net result of this Angelic visitation was that the Motorhead leader received 'a fuckin' awful beating - he knocked me all around my room for about three-quarters of an hour.' One of Lemmy's bottom front teeth was knocked straight out; another was cracked by the root.

Lemmy didn't fight back: he is basically a pacifist. But it is because the cracked bottom tooth is finally working itself free of his mouth that he has decided he must take up the 5,000 estimate that a Harley Street dentist gave him for a complete set of new teeth. And Lemmy is apparently quite serious when he claims to be considering having his front replacement fangs in stainless steel.

In fact, Lemmy has a reputation for being financially tight, though he can also be very generous and will, for example, insist that most of the group's money be ploughed back into lavish stage shows and financially disastrous touring.

'All the money goes back into the pockets of the people from whom it was stolen originally,' he says, giving a dry chuckle as he loses another fiver's worth of change in a Nudge machine.

'The biggest buzz I've ever got,' he adds, 'is not with a roll of banknotes or a pocket calculator. The biggest buzz I've ever got is screwing and going onstage, in varying orders, depending on what I'm going to do next.

'You can always make money. You can dig graves or paint skyscrapers. But you can't always make music and please people.

'It's not really based on love, more a sort of contemptuous admiration,' he laughs again.

The stench of Lemmy's feet is legendary

Late the next afternoon, I visit Lemmy at the Motorhead Battersea residence. Whereas the other two members of the group have relatively sumptuous rooms filled with colour TVs, VCRs and kingsize beds, Lemmy's basement front room contains little but a battered mattress.

In the upstairs bathroom I notice a bidet, and wonder if it is the reason the group chose to rent the place; the stench of Lemmy's feet is legendary. Fast Eddie claims its cause lies within the chaos wreaked on Lemmy's metabolism by his vast speed and alcohol intake: by some arcane combined law of biology and physics, Eddie claims, it sinks down through his whole body until it reaches his feet, where it is excreted in the form of sweat.

Indeed, though Lemmy doubtless unwittingly consumes a large amount of vitamin C powder nasally, it is still surprising that the years and years of excess have not completely ruined his health. 'I think I have the constitution of an old iron tank,' he admits. 'The occasional bout of flu might lay me up for a couple of days, but I always believe that if you lie down germs have more chance of attacking you: keep moving and it confuses them.

'Mind you,' he confesses, 'I'm probably nearer to being alcoholic than I've ever been. I sometimes wake up in the morning and lean across to the bedside table and pour myself a vodka and orange. Of course, from that point on, the day does tend to slope downwards a bit...'

And as the rain pours down into the basement outside he leans across and pours us both giant tumblers of vodka and orange.

'You know, you can't talk about me as being anything out of the ordinary,' he decides after a few seconds' reflection, 'because all I am is persistent. I think I'm persistence personified - I wouldn't give them the satisfaction of giving up.

'I'm on the street. I like the street and I live there. I love grotty old boozers with blousy old women and beautiful girls. It may sound just like an attempt to be really poetic, but it works. Because if I once believed I was above all that now and I didn't want to go there anymore and found it a bit difficult talking to the old friends and felt that I'd better stick around where it's a bit cleaner and a bit nicer and a bit less of a hustle and a bit easier... well, I don't care how easy it is as long as I don't get hit too much or kicked in the mouth, because my teeth are really in a bad way.

'I'm a slag and I'm 36 years old... I've always been a slag - it's a long time to be a slag, 36 years... But I've had a great time doing it, and I can recommend it to anyone if they can stand the pace... I've been lucky, I can. I'm 36 years old, and I've realised almost every ambition I've ever had.' But, Lemmy, don't you think it's time you grew out of all this now?

'It's time I grew back into it, more like. It's time everyone grew back into it.

'If people listened to more rock 'n' roll and less Margaret Thatcher or Michael Foot or Roy Jenkins... In fact, if the bits of their brains that wanted to be politicians could be exterminated, and the bit that would've liked rock 'n' roll somehow could be artificially enlarged, wouldn't it be more fun to be around them?

'I don't see how you can get sick of enjoying yourself - I haven't so far, and I'm damn sure I resent anyone who tells me I should. 'Just have a good time and don't hurt anyone else doing it'

Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 13:26:36
From: "Koch, Christian" lemmy@uni-bonn.de
Organization: Universitt Bonn
Subject: os:the problem of beeing a motorheadbanger in germany

We all know that Lemmy is no nazi, but that isn't the point. As I live in Germany, people here are far more sensible about these things than anywhere else in the world. I have been mistaken for a fucking nazi, just because of my big MARCH R DIE backpatch, because it looks a bit like the symbols neonazis around here use. Even the nazis themselves think that motrhead are really in this kind of crap. on the last live concert i've been (we are really blessed with at least two motrhead live concerts each year that you can reach within two hours) there was a whole pack of these assholes ruining the whole party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got no problems with hiphoppers or wrestling fans now starting to like the greatest band in the whole world, but i HATE those skinheads!!!!!!!!! They are a real problem, and I think that Lemmy got a responsibility towards the real fans, and he has to stop wearing this crap!!!!!!!! Please give your opinions towards this theme, beacause this is far more important than the whole discussion about the WWF song or if killed by death is great or not (surely it is :-) ). But now for something completely different: You all should come to the wacken open air festival, because it is said that motrhead are digging out the original BOMBER STAGE SET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So keep on rockin'


Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 10:35:57
From: "ERIKSSON CHRISTINA" christina.magnus@telia.com
Subject: os: march or die cover

Theres been a lot of talking over the years in OS about the March Or Die album and a lot of people consider it to be Motorheads worst album. People have also asked about the weird cover which is the only official album cover painted by another artist than Joe Petagno. I have never seen anyone try to answer how this album cover came about though. But someone here on the list must have heard or read some story about this cover. So come on, tell me the story. The only thing Ive read is that Joe hated the cover and Motorheadbangers Magazine asked Joe to paint the cover the way he wanted it for the magazine and the result was used as the cover of the Bastards album. By the way, Im not really sure that Joe actually painted the Bomber cover because I cant find his name on the sleeve but it certainly looks like its a work of Joe.


From: adivirgilio@sungardrs.com
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 14:40:06
Subject: OS: The origin of Motrhead fans

I was in college in the late 1980s and was up late watching MTV (before it became a Rap station). The video for "Mean Machine" came on and I said to myself, "What the F$@# was that?" My ass had been kicked. I have been a loyal Motrhead fan ever since. It does not matter by which MEDIUM Motrhead is communicated to us, but that we hear the MESSAGE and understand it. My friends, do not worry if some dweeb in a computer lab thinks Motrhead is "really cool because he saw them on the WWF." All bandwagon fans will pass away soon enough and those of us who are true will be larger and stronger. And we will STILL be able to get close to stage at their shows. Really. Don't worry.

If MTV had been "smart" enough to censor out Motrhead from its brief stint on their playlist, some of us would never have heard about them. This world will always have its deviants that we will be PERSONALLY inspired to censor out with our own eyes, ears and minds. In regard to our strange mailing list, I would rather have the option to spend a few seconds scrolling down through an uncensored post (which I do through half the mailing list anyway), than to not have had that opportunity. Plus, the idiots of this world (and this list) give me (us) an opportunity to utilize my finely honed skills of abuse and mockery.

Let it all be heard. You might learn something if you keep your ears open.


Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 14:25:09
From: Christoph.Wegener@t-online.de (Christoph Wegener)
Subject: live at brixton

Hi and Hello.i wrote you nearly 2 or 3 months ago, about a release of the motorhead -gig "live at the Brixton Academy" in the near future this year. so when does it come out? and on which format, VHS-video, and or on DVD? Thanks for your answer.

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 10:07:15
From: bkraft - bkraft@transpecworldwide.com
Subject: motorhead book

I have been looking for info. on the motorhead book which was rumored to be released soon can you tell me when it will be out?

Thanks and keep up the great website!!!!!
Bill Kraft

Bill Kraft
Transpec Worldwide
- bkraft@transpecworldwide.com

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 15:56:43
From: "O'Malley Ronan MMUk" ronan.omalley@micromass.co.uk
Subject: motorhead in japan...

...when are you next touring Japan? Only I need another photo took as no c**t believes I met Motorhead...alright M
take what you can get.

Pissed Irish bloke ,the Shamrock Irish bar in Shinjuku.

Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 17:09:59
From: "Peter Ossewaarde" peter@jossewaarde.myweb.nl
Subject: reaction to michael mc intyre piece about lemmy's interest in

Hi Ace,

In 'Overnight Sensation, issue 124, I read what Michael Mc Intyre wrote about Lemmy's=interest in Nazi symbols. I totally agree with with what he's saying. As a long time Motrhead fan I know that the leadsinger of the band 'I love 'till death' is=fascinated by the=history of the 'third reich' and its symbols. In interviews Lemmy has maintained that he distances himself from the Nazi ideology. And although I do believe him, the fact that he associates himself with it still makes me=feel very uncomfortable. The dressing up in uniforms of that era and the swastika-flag on the wall in his house: if you know how many millions were butchered in the name of that Nazi=symbol .... It's just not right.

I agree with Michael who says that this association with Nazi symbols can and will hurt Motrheads future.=Try to explain something like that to people who don't know Lemmy or the band as such. It encourages young people without any knowledge of the world's history to think that Motrhead are Nazi sympathizers. Anyone who's into Motrhead knows that's a million miles from the truth, but ignorant assholes might think otherwise. I think Lemmy has a responsability here; there's nothing wrong with being interested in the history of the 'third reich' but I think he should publicly distance himself from these nazi-symbols.

I think it's=very dangerous to disjoin the Nazi ideology from its symbols (like the=swastika), which is in fact what Lemmy does in this case. The swastika is a symbol that was adopted by the nazis (from ancient history). But because of the millions of people who were=murdered in the name of this symbol you just can't pretend it's only a symbol. That is denying history. I'm convinced that Lemmy is a decent human being and he must be aware of the fact that he's an icon for=rockfans all over the world. And rightly so. I also know he's not stupid. So Lemmy, here's my plea: lose those Nazi symbols man! All they represent is massmurder and suffering!! In the words of Michael Mc Intyre : 'Lemmy needs to think about the message that he sends when he identifies himself with that sort of shit nowadays'. I can't say it better myself.

Peter Ossewaarde
Gorinchem (Holland)

Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 13:20:58
From: "D.G. Gaunt S9650807" S9650807@hud.ac.uk
Subject: os: manchester 2001

alive not dead, far from it even!

Monday was the manchester Motorhead gig, got there a good hour in advance.
I was happy to find that the apollo has a pub just round the back near the artists entrance. I went to manchester on my own for this gig, and lucky that Motorhead fans are the nicest people around I soon got talking despite my shyness. as soon as the doors opened I rushed in, and got an exellent spot on the barrier, center stage. The show kicked off at 7.30 ish with the first tribute band, don't know who they were and don't want to, all their songs (erm) sounded the same, at this point the concert hall was only 50% full.
Next came Psyco squad, they were good, lots of potentiel, maybe talent is hereditary?? (what do you think Phil?) . at this point the hall was 75% full.

in the time between the support bands and Motorhead, the fans just poured in. then they came " we are Motorhead, and we're gonna fuck you up", at this point the hall was 150% full, the set list was good, kicking off with we are Motorhead, other key songs were a tribute to Joey erm..."RAMONES", "shoot you in the back" cropped up. then there was Mikkey's drum solo on Sacrifice, it was flabagasting, how many arms and legs has that man got? The boys seemed on top form (the dancing gave it away!) the sound was near perfect, although there was something... or maybe it was cos I was to near the stage. An exellent show, and my first but certainly not my last. met an aussie on the way out who told me how glad she was to be able to see Motorhead at last.

then I went round back to the stage door again, met up with the people I'd met before the show plus a couple of others, Including a guy who writes for the Big Issue, reason to buy it now! , after a while Phil came out, he was the one who spoke the least, just signed autographs, then Mikkey came out, and he ended up talking to us for quite a bit said a few words about the next album, that they've got 45 minutes of songs already and more to record.
also Lem's book should be out anytime soon. Oh and the Bomber rig will be in London!!! thats one reason to go down for the show. Lemmy then appeared wearing this really cool cow boy hat, I didn't know cow boy hats could be cool. soom one shouted "nice one Lemmy" and mikkey replied "what? the hat?" he spoke to us a bit too, someone claimed to be as old as him, but was "only" 52, and he was surprised to hear that Lemmy is 55, so I asked him what his secret is to stay so young; "I've dyed my tash"! now I've shake the hand of the greatest person alive (even got a pat on the shoulder from him). It was an amazing experience, that guy just shines, just I look as good when I'm 55.
Motorhead have gone way up in my estime, not only for their music, but also for the people, cos they are all exellent peopleand really kind and interested in their fans. Can't wait for my next Motorhead concert!!!


Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 09:02:54
From: "Christ, Will" wchrist@bcharrispub.com
Subject: os: only-music.com

Here's a new twist to the favorite song debate. And I apologize in advance to anyone who thinks this is overkill.

Only-music.com is running a survey of the greatest "air guitar" songs of all time. The current list includes:

"Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen
"Smoke On The Water" - Deep Purple
"Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin
"Rockin' All Over The World" - Status Quo
"Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns N' Roses
"Ace Of Spades" - Motorhead
"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith
"Down Down" - Status Quo
"Layla" - Derek & the Dominos
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" - Van Halen
"Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix
"Freebird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Stairway To Heaven" - Led Zeppelin
"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
"Let Me Entertain You" - Robbie Williams
"Whole Lotta Rosie" - AC/DC
"Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" - Pink Floyd
"Won't Get Fooled Again" - the Who
"The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac
"Money For Nothing" - Dire Straits
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" - Lenny Kravitz
"Tie Your Mother Down" - Queen
"Apache" - the Shadows
"Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry
"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Song 2" - Blur
"Detroit Rock City" - Kiss
"Going Underground" - the Jam
"Black Night" - Deep Purple

I don't think I need to say any more.

Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 07:58:56
From: "Tom Marshall" dwarfer41@hotmail.com
Subject: re: overnight sensation issue #124

Hey all

The full line up for the 25th is PHYSCHO SQUAD THEN BACKYARD BABIES THEN MOTORHEAD. For Motorhead tabs go to http://www.gatesofinfinity.com They have a couple of songs but not enough. Just go to tabs then M and scroll down. Click on Motorhead and the files will be there. Takes two seconds to download and is well instructed with a very useful comment about the bands style of play. I don't think it involves drums but only guitars.

Shame about Joey. What about a comp. cd? Gates of infinity has the Ramones song tribute too. The website is down by the way and what's this about the Damned's new album? Or was a I pissed?



Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 21:13:17
From: "vital rybas" rybas65@hotmail.com
Subject: the roadcrew

Hi, Ace!
My name is Vital, I seen MOTORHEAD twice, but lived the life with it. It was Soviet Union , you know, it was really hard to find records, not to mention news and so on. Well, as a matter of fact, I just wanted to ask you - if there are some ways to join the roadcrew, I mean, to work carrying the amps and so on? The life is too short, I realise now, to waste it on other than MOTORHEAD things...Sorry for such a style, but it's frankly, at least.
Bye, thanx for care,

Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 02:52:58
Subject: os: is the debate over now?

From: "Michael Mc Intyre" mrm420@enteract.com
Now that Triple H has torn his quadricep and is going to be out of action for the next few months while he has surgery and rehabilitation to repair it, is this going to change the invigorating and always lively debate that has been raging in these Overnight Sensations since he started to use a Motorhead song as his theme music? Since he's going to beinjured and not wrestling, that means that we won't hear "The Game" once or twice each and every television show that the WWF does anymore. Will that stop all of the bullshit about how Motorhead shouldn't be involved with wrestling because they won't be too much anymore.
The one thing that I wonder about the most though, is whether we will continue to hear "The Game" being played in other places, like sporting events and clubs and all the other places that it has popped up in these last few months. If it is still heard after this, I think that speaks a lot about its merits as a song. If it truly has been nothing more than a cheap wrestling gimmick for wrestling heads only, then it should disappear from view, for those types are notorious for having extremely short memories, and if they don't hear that song on every WWF show and see all the attendant flash and bang and boom and zowie wowie that is the WWF live and Triple H and his "wife" live and all that shit they shall soon forget what Motorhead means altogether. If the song is something stronger than all of that, then we should continue to hear it as it may have very well shown people that Motorhead is something other than the scourge that they were always told that they were. Now is the real test for that song. So many exciting issues are raised by these latest events. Can "The Game" stay in the public eye without the help of Triple H and the WWF monopolistic juggernaut? Will Lemmy be able to stay financially solvent if it doesn't? Will the WWF go out of business without Motorhead? Can Lemmy still score with those nubile nymphs without the help of the WWF? What about the Jack Daniels? And the Marlboros?
And the hard cider? Will Motorhead still be able to play at 175 decibels live? Yes, a veritable cornucopia of issues and questions are raised by this that I am sure will encourage more spirited debate in the future right here in OS, and I know that I will be an integral part of it all, for I love spirited debate.
Mike Mc Intyre

From: - P.J.Jones@westminster.ac.uk
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 16:05:05
Subject: motorhead. 23/05/01. the forum.

So it's arrived: 23rd May. Motorhead. The Forum. Yes!!
Finish work. Eat: KFC - two pieces, shite. Baker Street tube.
Change Kings Cross. Kentish Town. Onto the platform; scalpers already: "Buy and sell Motorhead tickets, buy and sell Motorhead tickets..." Fuck off, tosser. Outside station, over the road - Bull and Gate. "Pint of Guinness, please barkeep." Bootiful. Goes down smooth. Wait for the mates outside in the sun. Another pint. Where the fuck are they? Joe's got me ticket. Make it make it make it.. Another pint. More waiting. Mental note: don't arrive early next time. They arrive. Joe & Val. "Gimme the ticket, Joe-Baby!" Another pint... Shaun arrives. Another pint. Val's round. He can't get served! Let's hit The Forum. YES. Inside - murky. Val's round, no Guinness. Lager, then. Support ends, clears off. Milling about.
Then : The Forum goes black. No light. Big cheer - they're onstage!! Lemmy takes the mike. "We are Motorhead - and we're gonna FUCK YOU UP!" And they do. We Are Motorhead BLASTS out. Assaults the crowd. I'm next to the mixing desk. Can't stand it a second longer: "Joe - down the front!" We make our way forward, past the PA. My insides THROB with Lemmy's bass. We're in the mosh. It's wild. The excitement is tangible. The noise overpowering, all consuming. Lemmy is THIS CLOSE to me. His eyes are wild, his frame lithe. He can't be 50! Must be the revolutionary Lemmy diet: JD & speed... The heat's intense, the sweat's rife. Lemmy's smacking that bass. Phil's crunching out chords. Mikkey's a blur.
Does life get better than this? We'll find out day after tomorrow, when they play here again...

Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 10:14:20
From: "Fazio, Lou" Lou.Fazio@disney.com
Subject: motorhead gig review from nme.com - enjoy!

Motorhead : London Kentish Town Forum

Looking for traditional values? Keen for the basic traditional values that we all hold dear to survive intact as we come to terms with the new century?

Look no further. The lights go down at nine-fifteen prompt. Lemmy swaggers from the wings in the same trademark white winklepickers, silver bullet belt and open to the waist black shirt he's been wearing since decriminalisation. Amongst the party faithful - an unholy alliance of Bulldog Bash hairies, hungover-looking punks and legions of black t-shirted disciples of the full metal racket - a hush descends.

''How ya doin' out there, alright?'' he rasps, to a roar that rattles the light fittings. '' Well, we are Motorhead and we're gonna fuck you up...'' Dry ice pours from the wings. Lemmy - who never plays a solitary note where a crunching bass powerchord will do - tilts his neck into position beneath the microphone and thinks of England. The ancient blues begins. 'Bomber', 'No Class', 'Over Your Shoulder', each one a delusional masterclass in what will happen to you if you, well, start living like Lemmy.

Like the speed-freak manual says: if the bad drugs don't get you then the bad women will, and the only thing left to do is rage against the dying of the light until your number's called and you're booked up for that great amphetamine party in the sky. ''A friend of mine died in New York City the other week," he drawls, as the onslaught builds toward a finale, ''and his name was Joey Ramone...'' A full-throated roar of appreciation goes up, but it's not enough for Lemmy, a man who knows what it's like to dedicate your life to the pursuit of brotherly love. ''Come on, that's not fuckin' loud enough for Joey Ramone!'' he chides, until the noise rattles off the scale and goes to hide under a table.

The encores, inevitably, begin with Lemmy telling us he loves us, and that, seeing as this is his home town, how extra-special to him tonight is. Showman that he is, he then stands centre-stage and blasts out the opening riff to 'Ace Of Spades'. You can guess what happens next.

If this if what tradition stands for , then all the other parties aren't gonna get a look in. Vote Motorhead.

Paul Moody

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 00:50:25
From: "John Carley" john.carley@ntlworld.com
Subject: uk tour

Ace, saw Motorhead twice in the last few days and I thought u might like to hear about it...


Well, seeing as this is my favourite place to see Motorhead they couldn't really go wrong! Lemmy came striding on playing a huge bass chord as only he could with cigarette in mouth, said 'Nottingham! We are Motorhead, and we're going to kick your ass!' , ripping into opener 'We Are Motorhead' and the sound was the best I've ever heard it in Rock City. This was closely followed by 'Bomber' and 'No Class'.=We were then bombarded with an aural assault which included a couple of oldies I'd never heard them play live=before, 'Shoot=You In The Back' and 'Damage Case'. Then Lemmy payed tribute to his friend Joey Ramone, and obviously the song that followed needed no introduction!=

The band were obviously enjoying themselves=and it was especially good to see Lemmy looking in such good shape after his illness. He's lost a little weight and looks good on it. After the show ended with the usual express train that is the ever wonderful 'Overkill' myself and my friends=retired to the bar downstairs and sure enough, after a while the band came out for a drink(as most bands do that come here) and I had a good chat with Lemmy and Mikkey, Lemmy in that unmistakeable black stetson hat and white boots. Phil was like a livewire, flitting around like a lunatic, he was even sweeping the floor at one point! I told them=that we were coming to see them at Wolverhampton=three days later...


Well, after arriving at the venue a little after 8, I met up with Mikkey's drum tech, Alex Parmee who used to be in a band with a friend of mine. I'd seen him at Nottingham and=after I told him that I was coming to tonight's=show he=gave me his business card and told me to call him on his=mobile phone when I got there and he'd get me some passes. I wasn't sure that he'd remember but to my delight he had=and had three after show passes ready for me in his pocket, what a=star!=

Tonight's set was much the same as Nottingham but with one exception...after the usual set closer of 'Killed By Death' there was a surprise,='Motorhead'! I haven't heard that one played live in f**k knows how long and boy did it go down well! The boys looked like they were enjoying themselves again which was nice to see. I have to say that the sound in this venue got a little lost because it has a very high ceiling which was the only down point. After the show a group of about 10 of us were=taken=upstairs to the dressing rooms. Among this group there was=a family including=two small boys of about 9 and 7 who Phil and Mikkey made a point of saying hello to and signing pictures and having photos taken with them. Phil then took us into the main dressing room where Lemmy was holding court and he=happily chatted with us and the two boys and signed pictures and our passes.=I have to say that meeting the band in=the relaxed atmosphere of a dressing room instead of in a noisy club was a lot more civilised! All in all a great night was had by all(except Mikkey, who told me he was coming down with a cold) and I'd like to say thank you to the boys for their hospitality and also to Alex, who=got us the passes, cheers!
Roll on the next UK tour!

John Carley, Nottingham UK

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 02:48:44
From: "Michael Mc Intyre" mrm420@enteract.com
Subject: OS: This Lemmy Interview

A friend of mine sent me this interview with Lemmy entitled 24 Questions With Lemmy. Some fuckin' dude from Metal Sluge knows some fuckin' chick that is involved with some cable TV show in Florida called Metal Masters and she apparently knows someone at Motorhead's record label, and through this pipeline, 24 questions were sent to Lemmy, and he answered as best he could. The copy of this interview that I saw had Lemmy's answers printed in silver, so I just about blew my fuckin' eyeballs out trying to read them.
it was definetly not worth the effort, as this interview sucked big-time. There's a lot of this fuckin' smart-assed shit in some of these questions, like: What are those things on your face and why don't you do something about them? ( Lemmy explains that they're moles) Do you have any other clothes besides that jean jacket and whit boots you always wear? ( Lemmy tellls the fuckin' idiot that he doesn't wear a jean jacket much anymore) Do you think that you got sick because you've been smoking and drinking for 30 years now?( Lemmy tells the dumbfuck that it's been 40 years for that) There's some questions that piss Lemmy off, like: What was your biggest royalty check in dollars? and What did Philthy do to you when he left the band in 1992?( Lemmy tells the prick that it's none of his business about either of these things) Did you ever fuck a Playboy Playmate, Penthouse Pet or a Porn star, and if so, were they blind? ( Lemmy sets this motherfucker straight about this matter in short order) Does you voice sound like rocks in a blender that's set on high-speed? ( Lemmy just says no to this one) There's boring shit like having Lemmy rate a bunch of singers and say
which of two bands he likes better and what he thinks of Kiss and word association games and Ozzy stories and how much time he spends at the Rainbow and other such boring bullshit. We also have stupid shit represented like having Lemmy name the 3 best and the 3 worst moments in Motorhead history, what rock star deserves a smack in the face, what band should call it a day, who were the worst bands to tour with, what are Lemmy's musical influences, what he thinks of Metallica Vs. Napster, and so on.
This entire thing comes off pretty shitty and reads like some typical American suburban dumb motherfucker's view on what he thinks that Motorhead is all about and how Lemmy should be addressed as a result. This high-handed, snobby little prissy boy doesn't even know when he has an opportunity to do an interview with someone that really has something to say because he's so fuckin' busy with his cutting edge sardonic wit or whatever the fuck he thinks that it is. If he thought that he could make Lemmy look bad with his hip, artistic approach or his exemplary vocvabulary skills, he fuckin' failed miserably. Lemmy makes this dork look like the fuckin' wimp that he is, sitting in some fuckin' office somewhere writing shit about music and trying to make a name for himself at the expense of others. The fuckin' pinhead says that Lemmy's cool at the end of the thing, because he used the word " cunt." I guess that he got his idea to become a writer by walking down alleys in his neighborhood to play around with festering piles of dog shit and garbage and taking inspiration from all the fine journalistic pieces that he saw on the walls and garage doors and shit like that for he seems to enjoy the types of words that he saw written on them and decided to model his journalistic style after these writings. Fuck him, Lemmy was around when this fucker was nothing more than that fetus that's floating in outer space in that one picture in Hawkwind's Space Ritual album, and he'll still be around when this fucker's writing for shit like Soldier Of Fortune or The American Spectator or some such shit and going nowhere near the world of rock and roll anymore and especially the world of Motorhead. He showed that piss ant who was cool and who was not and why that was so. it's just too fuckin' bad that the dumbfuck couldn't realize the chance that he had and used it properly, but he isn't about to stop the Motorhead juggernaut, not after all these years.
To All,
Michael Mc

Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 01:34:12
From: Ralph Geiger - rage0000@yahoo.com
Subject: motorhead interview

check out the new motorhead interview at http://www.rockreunion.com.
we also talked about the website.

Ralph Geiger ( - Webmaster@RockReunion.com)
http://www.RockReunion.com - The Online Music Magazine

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Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 16:13:35
From: "Baz Court" bazauto@lineone.net
Subject: stone deaf in kentish town

Hi Ace and all the clan!

Bazzer here still basking in the afterglow of the gig at the Forum in London last Wednesday (May 23) which turned out to be highly memorable for me.

I got the=coach from Bristol to London and made my way up to Kentish Town to meet up with friends at the Bull & Gate pub which was already awash with MH t-shirts. While I was waiting for my mates I bumped into Sarmad who I recognised from the web sites and fanzines. A very nice bloke he is to - respect to you Sarmad, and the new animation on the site is wicked!

After meeting my people and sinking a couple more beers we joined the even larger mass of black & white t-shirts at the venue 100 yards down the road. We cought the last two numbers of the Psycho Squad set which sounded=pretty damn stonkin' I'm glad to say.

No words can describe that atmosphere when you're waiting for Motorhead to come on stage but you know what it's like! Naturally the place erupted when they did. I won't say anything to spoil it for people who are going to see them after this posting goes out but there are a few nice surprises in the set. Let's just say you'll love it!==I got wonderfully bruised and battered in the mosh as usual and shouted myself hoarse as usual.

After the gig Todd Campbell was handing out Psycho Squad mailing list postcards so it was nice to say "Hello, good luck and all the best to your Dad!" My mate had managed to get us some backstage passes -=at least that got us into the guest bar upstairs. This worked out nicely as I finally got to meet Lemmy when he came up later on. I gave him an Autonomicus CD and said "I've been into your stuff for over twenty years so have some of mine!" I was surprised when he deciphered the 'groovy' typography on the cover but he said "I was psychedelic long before you were mate!" He even pronounced the name right first time which shows he's certainly got the intelligence=that your average journalist seems devoid of. I could fully transcribe my memorys of the conversations we had with him but I won't bother - hey, they're MY memories y'know!

Safe to say tho', me and my mate were like a pair of kids at Christmas when we walked out of that place at the end of the night.

Now I'm going to luv yaz and leave yaz. All I can say is, if you haven't seen 'em when this comes out - ENJOY!

Keep it dirty

MHB 2068

Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 11:55:42 EDT
From: MillenniumnMan@aol.com
Subject: i just need a few of the lyrics to the game

i got wwf volume 5 and i think the song The Game you made for Triple H is awesome but i just need a few of the lyrics to that song but other than that the song is great


Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 12:03:22
From: "Smedley, John B" jbsm@bgs.ac.uk
Subject: o.s.: nottingham and wolverhampton

I got to see the band twice last week and words such as phenomena, incredible, the legend that is , sublime, intense, very loud, pious, staggering, hugely enjoyable, they should all apply, as should another guitarist for the six string vacancy that i think should exist phil campbell appeared at times to be lost, left for dead by you know who he just couldn`t keep up , not in the same league.
But then again, is there anyone capable of performing on equal terms with mester kilmister on such occasions?
no there isn`t
Tell you what, keep your job phil and we`ll keep coming to see you, loved every minute of it, can`t wait till next time.

Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 14:25:38 EDT
From: Motorheadbangers@aol.com
Subject: os: new motortickets site

Hello fellow MHBs
I put my new Motorheadtickets_site on my http://www.motorheadbangers.de homepage.
Please visit more than 50 old motorhead concert tickets at:
All the Best
Oliver Kmpf, MHB 708

Motorheadbangers, Oliver Kampf (MHB708), Uhlbergstrasse 20, 70188
Germany, Tel and Fax: 00 49 711 232344, Motorheadbangers@aol.com

Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 16:40:35 EDT
From: ClancyAragorn7@aol.com
Subject: motorhead uk tour 2001

Hi Ace,

I just thought that you'd like to know that the band were absolutely awesome in London last Friday night (25th May). =Please pass on my (and about 2000 others) thanks to the band if you get the chance.

I've followed Motorhead for the past 20 odd years (god it really doesn't seem that long!) and have seen most of the lineups over the years. =Although everyone quite rightly remembers the Lemmy, Fast Eddie and Philthy lineup as a superb unit, I have to say that Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey are right up there and seem to be getting better with each album; the gig that I attended last week really stood up with the many I saw back in the Bomber, Ace of Spades, Iron Fist etc. days.

I took my eldest son to the gig last Friday (he's almost 14) and he was totally blown away (almost literally!) by what he saw and heard. =Like father like son I'm proud to say!

Rich Clancy
Colchester, England


Thanks for the great website.

Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 03:53:13
From: "dave knapp" dave.knapp@sympatico.ca
Subject: eat the rich

What the fuck happened to the movie...saw it in Canada...Cannot track it down...Could you please telll me where the hell it is????

email = - bpicklyk@magma.ca%3ebpicklyk@magma.ca

Please respond...

Thank you


Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 20:53:57 +0530
From: "Jeet" jeet_stunt@yahoo.com

hi man,wutz up
i have just started listening to motohead, i really liked 1916 and,bastards and overnight sensation would u let me know the rating of the other albums so i could get hold of them from somewhere as they are not available here in INDIA=============
hope to hear from u soon


Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 10:23:20
From: Harry - drty__harry@yahoo.com
Subject: os: lemmy lyrics

Looking for lyrics & info on the following songs:

Hardcore - Lemmy & ?, Frezno Smooth Soundtrack
Laugh At The Devil - Lemmy & Fast Eddie, It Ain't Over Til It's Over
Countdown - Lemmy & Albert Jarvenin Band, ?


Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 13:19:47
From: wfoh@gm.dreamcast.com

?one of my first motorhead-concerts was in germany schwandor(bavaria). On that gig you covered a track who's original sang by a woman.But i cant r emember what song or artist it was.I yust remember Lem's saying:This is a surprise song.Perhaps you know.Thanx ! Willi from Germany!

Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 17:25:48 EDT
From: SarmadSheikh@cs.com
Subject: os: lemmy in uk chocolate tv commercial

On the day of the recent London show, 25th May, I was having an afternoon drink with Total Rock DJ Charlie Andrews, exchanging stories of our R'n'R exploits, etc. He told me that on the day before (day-off for Motorhead tour), Lemmy was filming for a Kit Kat (chocolate) TV commercial. Did anyone else hear about this, and does anyone know when it will start being shown?


Sarmad (MHB 1881)


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