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Mot rhead
Formed: 1975 in London, England
Active: '70s-2010s Major
Styles: New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal Major
Members: Lemmy, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, W rzel, Mikkey Dee, Larry Wallis, Phil Campbell Representative
Albums: "No Remorse", "No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith", "Overkill" Representative
Songs: "Ace of Spades", "Overkill", "Iron Fist"

UPC Type Title
886972405223 CD 1916
5013929913226 (i) CD 1916
803341346376 (i) Vinyl 1916
5099746748128 (i) CD 1916 (Live)
886975948529 (i) CD 1916/March or Die
4001617727973 (i) CD 25 & Alive-Boneshaker
693723727974 DVD 25 & Alive: Boneshaker
060768520622 CD Ace of Spades
5050749204127 (i) CD Ace of Spades
4988005688606 (i) CD Ace of Spades
4988005754776 (i) CD Ace of Spades
602517855687 (i) CD Ace of Spades
4988005546029 (i) CD Ace of Spades
801213007998 DVD Ace of Spades
725543350718 Vinyl Ace of Spades
825646410095 CD Aftershock
825646410088 CD Aftershock (Limited Edition Digipak)
825646410071 Vinyl Aftershock
060768521322 CD Another Perfect Day
9120817150390 DVD Attack in Switzerland: Live in Concert
880831024624 CD Bastards
090204684380 (i) CD Bastards
5907785029859 (i) CD Bastards
880831054713 Vinyl Bastards
090204684410 (i) Vinyl Bastards
5050749223722 (i) CD BBC Sessions
4988005712653 (i) CD Best of
060768520127 CD Best of Motorhead
4988005515315 (i) CD Best of Motorhead
693723981727 CD Better Motorhead Than Dead
060768521025 CD Bomber
4988005546012 (i) CD Bomber
4988005688590 (i) CD Bomber
4988005754769 (i) CD Bomber
5050749204028 (i) CD Bomber
803341394032 (i) Vinyl Bomber
9120817151205 DVD Bonecrusher
9120817150208 CD Burner/Best of Motorhead
8399245011011 CD Early Years
9120817150277 DVD Early Years
090431891827 CD Extended Versions
9120817150482 DVD Grind Ya Down
060768522923 CD Hammered
4988002431632 (i) CD Hammered
693723740621 (i) CD Hammered
693723740614 (i) Vinyl Hammered
886971676723 (i) CD Hellraiser-Best of the Wtg Years
5099751082521 (i) CD Hellraiser-Best of Epic Yrs.
060768524125 CD Inferno
4988002463299 (i) CD Inferno
693723697420 (i) CD Inferno
693723697413 (i) Vinyl Inferno
693723016528 (i) CD Inferno-30th Anniversary
060768521124 CD Iron Fist
060768640924 CD Iron Fist
5050749204226 (i) CD Iron Fist
4988005546043 (i) CD Iron Fist
4988005688620 (i) CD Iron Fist
4988005754790 (i) CD Iron Fist
889397703042 Vinyl Iron Fist & the Hordes From Hell
803341233737 Vinyl Iron Fist
060768478428 CD Kiss of Death
693723999128 (i) CD Kiss of Death
693723018720 (i) CD Kiss of Death
693723999111 (i) Vinyl Kiss of Death
090431104828 CD Live
029667420921 (i) CD Live 1978-What's Wordsworth?
060768638327 CD Live at Brixton
693723726229 (i) CD Live at Brixton Academy
886972405322 CD March or Die
5099747172328 (i) CD March or Die
803341346383 (i) Vinyl March or Die
029667200226 (i) CD Motorhead
4988004114052 (i) CD Motorhead
886977741692 (i) DVD Motorhead Live: Everything Louder Than E
5099997296591 (i) DVD Motorhead Vol. 2-the World Is Ours
5099997295990 (i) DVD Motorhead Vol. 2-the World Is Ours
5055396350968 (i) DVD Motorhead-the Ultimate Review
603497911981 CD Motorhead: Vol. 2-World Is Ours
600753308042 CD Motorhead: Complete Early Years Box Set
603497914708 DVD Motorhead: Vol. 1-World Is Ours-Everywhere Further..
603497911974 Blu-Ray Motorhead: Vol. 2-World Is Ours
603497912391 Blu-Ray Motorhead: Vol. 1-World Is Ours-Everywhere Further..
803341233713 Vinyl Motorhead: Vol. 2-BBC Live in Session
603497911998 Vinyl Motorhead: Vol. 2-World Is Ours
803341233706 Vinyl Motorhead: Vol. 1-BBC Live in Session
693723916323 CD Motorizer
4988002553518 (i) CD Motorizer
693723916309 (i) CD Motorizer
060768520820 CD No Remorse
5050749213624 (i) CD No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
4988005688613 (i) CD No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
725543961310 Vinyl No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
725543961211 Vinyl No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
5050749206824 (i) CD No Sleep at All
4988005546036 (i) CD No Sleep Till Hammersmith
4988005754783 (i) CD No Sleep Til Hammersmith
803341326729 Vinyl No Sleep Til Hammersmith
724385479427 (i) CD On Parole
803341305809 (i) Vinyl On Parole
5050749206626 (i) CD Orgasmatron
803341233720 Vinyl Orgasmatron
060768521223 CD Overkill
5050749203922 (i) CD Overkill
4988002434916 (i) CD Overkill
4988005688583 (i) CD Overkill
4988005754752 (i) CD Overkill
602517855366 (i) CD Overkill
4988005546005 (i) CD Overkill
803341233751 Vinyl Overkill
803341394100 (i) Vinyl Overkill
4001617722701 (i) CD Overnight Sensation/Snake Bite
060768521728 CD Rock N' Roll
5050749206725 (i) CD Rock N Roll
741157933512 Vinyl Roundhouse-February 18 1978
693723992884 DVD Stage Fright
807297041996 (i) CD Steal Your Face: The Early Years Live
617917236998 DVD Steal Your Face the Early Years
617917235496 CD Tales of Glory/Best of Motorhead
060768523128 CD Very Best of Motorhead
4001617218228 (i) CD We Are Motorhead
803341301405 Vinyl What's Wordsworth
603497914807 CD World Is Yours
603497912148 CD World Is Yours
5099994921823 (i) CD World Is Yours: Limited Edition
602527517384 (i) CD You'Ll Get Yours...in Spades

Biography: Mot rhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late '70s. Though the group's leader, Lemmy Kilminster, had his roots in the hard-rocking space rock band Hawkwind, Mot rhead didn't bother with his old group's progressive tendencies, choosing to amplify the heavy biker rock elements of Hawkwind with the speed of punk rock. Mot rhead wasn't punk rock -- they formed before the Sex Pistols and they loved the hell-for-leather imagery of bikers too much to conform with the safety-pinned, ripped T-shirts of punk -- but they were the first metal band to harness that energy and, in the process, they created speed metal and thrash metal. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Mot rhead continued performing into the next century. Although the band changed its lineup many, many times -- Lemmy was its only consistent member -- they never changed their raging sound.

The son of a vicar, Lemmy Kilmister (born Ian Fraiser Kilmister; December 24, 1945) first began playing rock & roll in 1964, when he joined two local Blackpool, England, R&B bands, the Rainmakers and the Motown Sect. Over the course of the '60s, he played with a number of bands -- including the Rockin' Vickers, Gopal's Dream, and Opal Butterfly -- as well as briefly working as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. In 1971, he joined the heavy prog rock band Hawkwind as a bassist. Lemmy was originally slated to stay with the band only six months, yet he stayed with the group for four years. During that time, he wrote and sang several songs with the band, including their signature song, the number three U.K. hit "Silver Machine" (1972).

Lemmy was kicked out of Hawkwind in the spring of 1975, after he spent five days in a Canadian prison for drug possession. Once he returned to England, Kilminster set about forming a new band. Originally, it was to have been called "Bastard," but he soon decided to call the band Mot rhead, named after the last song he wrote for Hawkwind. Lemmy drafted in Pink Fairies guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox to round out the lineup. Mot rhead made its debut supporting Greenslade in July. Two months later, the group headed into the studio to make its debut album for United Artists with producer Dave Edmunds. Mot rhead and Edmunds clashed over the direction of recording, resulting in the group firing the producer and replacing him with Fritz Fryer. At the end of the year, Fox left the band and Lemmy replaced him with his friend, Philthy Animal (born Philip Taylor), an amateur musician.

Mot rhead delivered its debut album to UA early in 1976, but the label rejected the album. Shortly afterward, former Blue Goose and Continuous Performance guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke joined the band. Following one rehearsal as a four-piece, Wallis left the band, leaving Mot rhead as a trio; this is the lineup that would later be recalled as the group's classic period. However, the band spent most of 1976 struggling, performing without a contract or manager and generating little money. At the end of the year, they cut a single, "White Line Fever"/"Leavin' Here," for Stiff Records which wasn't released until two years later. By the summer of 1977, the group had signed a one-record contract with Chiswick Records, releasing their eponymous debut in June; it peaked at number 43 on the U.K. charts. A year later, the band signed with Bronze Records.

Overkill, Mot rhead's first album for Bronze, was released in the spring of 1979. The album peaked at number 24, while its title track became the band's first Top 40 hit. Mot rhead continued to gain momentum, as their concerts were selling well and Bomber, the follow-up to Overkill, reached number 12 upon its fall release. The band was doing so well that UA released the rejected album at the end of the year as On Parole. Ace of Spades, released in the fall of 1980, became a number four hit, while the single of the same name reached number 15.

Ace of Spades became Mot rhead's first American album, yet the group was making little headway in the U.S., where they only registered as a cult act. Back in England, the situation could hardly have been more different. Mot rhead was at the peak of its popularity in 1981, releasing a hit collaboration with the all-female group Girlschool entitled Headgirl and entering the charts at number one with their live album, No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith. Though the group was rising commercially, there was tension within the band, particularly between Clarke and Lemmy. Clarke left the band during the supporting tour for 1982's Iron Fist, reportedly angered by Kilmister's planned collaboration with Wendy O. Williams. Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson replaced Clarke.

The new lineup released Another Perfect Day in the summer of 1983. Another Perfect Day was a disappointment, only reaching number 20 in the U.K. Robertson left two months later, being replaced by two guitarists: former Persian Risk member Phillip Campbell and Wurzel (born Michael Burston). Shortly afterward, Taylor left to join Robertson's band Operator, and was replaced by former Saxon drummer Pete Gill. This lineup released a single, "Killed by Death," in September of 1984, but shortly afterward the group left Bronze and the label filed an injunction against the band. As a result, Mot rhead was prevented from releasing any recordings -- including a bizarre collaboration between Lemmy and page-three girl Samantha Fox -- for two years.

Mot rhead finally returned to action in 1986, first with a track on the charity compilation Hear 'n Aid and later with the Bill Laswell-produced Orgasmatron, which was released on their new label, GWR. Orgasmatron was successful with the band's still-dedicated cult audience in England and America, and received some of the group's best reviews to date. The following year, they released Rock 'N' Roll, which was equally successful. In 1988, the live No Sleep at All appeared, and Lemmy made his acting debut in the comedy Eat the Rich. Two years later, the band signed to WTG and released The Birthday Party. Taylor briefly rejoined the band in 1991, appearing on that year's 1916, before Mikkey Dee, formerly of King Diamond, took over on drums. Dee's first album with the band was 1992's March or Die, which didn't chart in the U.S. yet played to their U.K. cult following. WTG dropped the band after the album's release and the band started their own label, appropriately called Mot rhead, which was distributed through ZYX. Their first album for the label was 1994's Bastards.

For the remainder of the '90s, Mot rhead concentrated on touring more than recording. Outside of the band, Lemmy appeared in insurance commercials in Britain. He also acted in Hellraiser 3 and had a cameo in the porno movie John Wayne Bobbit Uncut. In 1997, the group moved to the metal-oriented indie label Receiver and released Stone Dead Forever; the live Everything Louder Than Everyone Else followed in 1999, and a year later they returned with We Are Mot rhead. Hammered appeared in 2002 and was followed by 2004's Inferno. In 2005 the Sanctuary label reissued some of the band's classic albums (Overkill, Ace of Spades, and Iron Fist) in two-CD deluxe editions. A collection of all-new material, Kiss of Death, arrived in 2006, followed by Motorizer in 2008. In 2010 the band embarked on a 35th anniversary tour in support of their 20th studio album, The W rld Is Yours, which was released under a new deal with German label UDR. After taking an enforced break in 2012 to allow Lemmy to recover from laryngitis, the band started writing for their next album. Decamping to NRG Studios in North Hollywood to work with producer Cameron Webb, they recorded Aftershock, one of their most aggressive albums in years, which was released in October 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi