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Motorhead chronology...

1975: Possessing a rich musical career as a guitar player and a vocalist in Rockin' Vicars, Opal Butterfly and Sam Gopal's band, and as a singing bassist on several Hawkwind hit albums, 30-year old Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister decides to make it out with his own rock'n'roll project. Formal reason was Lemmy being fired from Hawkwind because of a drug incident on Canadian customs: some white powder was found with him there. Looks like Lemmy himself was responsible for his dismissal from the band, being stuck in enmity with the Hawkwind members, who all were on drugs, one way or another, but decided to scapegoat him for this incident. Lemmy's new band was to be called "Bastards". This ambiguous word (mean mofo or simply an illegitimate child) reflected Lemmy psychologically and, at the same time, socially - he grew up without a father. However, Ian Kilmister was forced to adhere to an advice to change band's name to more polite, but no less controversial "Motorhead". He wrote song entitled "Motorhead" for Hawkwind one year before. One of this word's meanings on hippie speak is "speedfreak", a person who avidly uses amphetamine for recreational purposes.
Motorhead started to rehearse and make recordings with following line-up: Lemmy took bass and assaulted the mic; Larry Wallis, who is also known for his short stint with English space-rockers UFO, performed guitar parts; drums were pummeled by Lucas Fox, unfortunate admirer of Iren, Lemmy's girlfriend at the time. They used dirty playing style in vein of American anti-hippie band MC-5, enriched by bluesy guitar moves reminiscent of Little Richard. "Rhythm'n'Booze, three chords, no waiting!" - that was their motto! But soon Lucas Fox leaves and Phil Taylor - the infamous Philthy Animal - begins to play them drums.

1976: First Motorhead recordings are actually songs that members brought from their previous bands. "The Watcher" and "Motorhead" were written for Hawkwind by Lemmy, "Iron Horse / Born To Lose" hit was brought in by Philthy, and "Vibrator" is Larry's song. All 9 songs of what had to become rock'n'roll masterpiece were recorded in Rockfield studios, branch of United Artists, but they scrapped them. Reasons why Rockfield seemingly refused to publish Motorhead LP disappointed Larry Wallis, and he begins to insist that Lemmy should recruit a second guitar player. Audition contest for second 'Head guitarist vacancy is won by Eddie Clarke, Philthy's associate since his work as a carpenter. Larry, who initiated band becoming 4-piece, though, leaves Motorhead, kicking up a row ultimately. But it was no problem for the band to play as a trio and set off for a kick-ass crusade on Olde England's gigs, armed with overwhelming power of rock'n'roll.

1977: After letting United Artists go to heck, reckless & relentless trio looks for any opportunity to publish their songs. "Trigger-happy" they sign contracts with some small and not-quite-honest labels. Deal with Chiswick records was the peak of all their dirty deeds: during only two studio hours, given them to record a single, Motorhead manage to record eight awesome songs. Among them are already known songs and one totally new, first song by Lemmy, Eddie & Philthy, named "White Line Fever". Chiswick management, amused by their approach, hastily publishes Motorhead's first album, which was met with incredible success, resulting in triumphant English tour, where guys were the true headliners, and not just openers for Hawkwind or whoever. 'Head fought for the right to be on the top. Sometimes literally. Fellows were notorious as big bruisers. In one particular club-house fight there was a casualty. Philthy Taylor, the drummer, was injured. Tours were immediately ceased and Chiswick prefers to reject the infamous band.

1978: Nothing happens. The trio separates and its members try to find a way for themselves. Philthy and Eddy play as The Muggers with ex-producer Speedy Keen and Billy Wrath on bass guitar. Playing blues classics in pubs is not so hard, though it gives some steady income. No matter, 1978 or now. Meanwhile, Lemmy befriended Rat Scabies, drummer for The Damned, who at the time already achieved popularity, and began to play rock'n'roll classics with him too. Calling themselves the MotorDamned, they released song "Ballroom Blitz", composed by British heroes Chinn & Chapman and originally performed by Sweet, as a single. In the meantime, Doug Smith makes a deal with Bronze Records for one single. Lemmy, Fast Eddie and Philthy Animal Taylor simply record a fast and dirty cover of Chuck Berrie's "Louie Louie". Strangely enough, it reaches 68th position in British Top 75 and the band gets invited to Top Of The Pops TV show.

1979: Bronze Records provides Motorhead with studio and sound engineer, whose name is Jim Miller. In really short time the band records ten killer jams, including "No Class", "Stay Clean", "I Won't Pay Your Price" and the title track, "Overkill". Future hit "Metropolis" is made ridiculously fast: it was penned and recorded in several minutes. And it's not the same music that Motorhead begun with. Rapid fire drums, catchy riffs, inimitable bass lines and Lemmy's raw vocals define a completely new musical style, which combines traditional 12 bar rock'n'roll, traits of emerging New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and agressive punkish sound. This style outta style exceeds all traditional limitations, and same can be said about the power of live Motorhead shows. On tour with Girlschool, in Helsinki, the three bastards crash the stage and get jailed. Thankfully, the charges are not so serious and prison time is relatively short. So, they are able to record another studio album with Jim Miller this year - "Bomber", which is a bit controversial, unlike its merciless predecessor. Eddie, as an experiment, does the vocals for "Step Down". Year was rich in events.

author: Suicidal | translation to english: Dr.Rock

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