Motörhead: Ace Of Spades-80’s-1980.

Motörhead (/ˈmoʊtərhɛd/) were a British rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, songwriter and only constant member Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.[1] Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor on drums and “Fast” Eddie Clarke on guitars.

Motörhead released 22 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years. Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums OverkillBomberAce of Spades, and particularly the live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith cemented Motörhead’s reputation as a top-tier rock band.[2] The band are ranked number 26 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[3] As of 2016, they have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.[4]

Most often classified as heavy metal, Motörhead has been credited with being part of and influencing numerous musical scenes, thrash metal and speed metal especially. Lemmy, however, always insisted that they were a rock and roll band. He said that they had more in common with punk bands, but with their own unique sound, Motörhead is embraced in both punk and metal scenes. Their lyrics typically covered such topics as wargood versus evilabuse of powerpromiscuous sexsubstance abuse, and, most famously, gambling, the latter theme being the focus of their hit song “Ace of Spades“.[sources 1]

Lemmy died on 28 December 2015 from cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.[11] The day after his death, drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell both confirmed that Motörhead had disbanded. By 2018, all three members of Motörhead’s classic lineup (Lemmy, Taylor and Clarke) had died.[12][13][14][15][11]


Motörhead / City KidsSingle1977 
Louie Louie / Tear Ya DownSingle1978 
Overkill / Too Late, Too LateSingle1979 
No Class / Like a NightmareSingle1979 
Bomber / Over the TopSingle1979 
On ParoleFull-length1979
The Golden Years (Live EP)EP1980
Ace of Spades / Dirty LoveSingle1980 
Ace of SpadesFull-length1980
Beer Drinkers & Hell RaisersEP1980 
Motörhead / The Train Kept a-Rollin’Single1981 
Great PleasureSplit1981 
Stay CleanSplit1981 
St. Valentine’s Day MassacreSplit1981
The Train Kept a-Rollin’Single1981 
No Sleep ’til HammersmithLive album1981
Motorhead / Over the TopSingle1981 
Live in TorontoVideo1982 
Heavy Metal ’82Split1982 
Go to Hell / Iron FistSingle1982 
Iron Fist / Remember Me I’m GoneSingle1982
Iron FistFull-length1982
Schallfolie Mai 82Single1982 
Stand by Your ManSplit1982
Beer DrinkersCompilation1983 
What’s Words WorthLive album1983
I Got Mine / Turn You Round AgainSingle1983 
Another Perfect DayFull-length1983
Shine / Hoochie Coochie ManSingle1983 
Deaf Not BlindVideo1984 
Taken by Storm / In Their Own WordsSplit1984 
Killed by Death / Under the KnifeSingle1984 
No RemorseCompilation1984
Bronze RocksSplit video1985 
Deaf ForeverSingle1986 
The Birthday PartyVideo1986 
Eat the RichSingle1987 
Rock ‘n’ Roll / Cradle to the GraveSingle1987 
The CollectionCompilation1987 
Rock ‘n’ RollFull-length1987
Live in AthensSingle1988 
Sounds Waves 1Split1988
Nö Sleep at AllLive album1988
Motörhead vs GirlschoolSplit1989 
Ironstrike – 14 Rock Hard HitsCompilation1989 
Blitzkreig on Birmingham ’77Live album1989 
Dirty LoveCompilation1989 
The Birthday PartyLive album1990
Motörhead / Dio / RainbowSplit1990 
Bomber / Ace of SpadesCompilation1990 
From the VaultsCompilation1990 
Welcome to the Bear TrapCompilation1990 
Lock Up Your DaughtersLive album1990 
Unreleased TrackCompilation1990 
The One to Sing the BluesSingle1990 
The One to Sing the Blues (“No Sleep ’til Spain” Tour, 1991)Single1991 
It’s Almost… 1916EP1991 
Everything Louder than Everything ElseVideo1991 
Grind Ya DownCompilation1991 
Motörhead Best 20Compilation1991 
The Best of MotörheadCompilation1991 
Operation Rock & RollSplit video1991 
Live 1983Live album1991 
The “Better Late than Never” Fan Club FlexiSingle1991 
Rockin’ the CradleSplit1992 
The Best OfCompilation1992 
The Singles Collection: The Bronze Years 1978-1984Compilation1992 
JailbaitLive album1992 
March ör DieFull-length1992
’92 Tour EPEP1992 
Don’t Let Daddy Kiss MeSingle1993 
All the Aces: The Best of MotörheadCompilation1993 
Ace of SpadesCompilation1993 
The Best of MotörheadCompilation1993 
Ace of Spades – The CCN Remix 1993Single1993 
Born to Raise HellSingle1994 
Aces HighCompilation1994 
The Best Of – IICompilation1994 
Live at BrixtonLive album1994
Fistful of Aces: The Best of MotörheadCompilation1994 
Les génies du rockCompilation1995 
The Rock History – The Best OfCompilation1995 
Ultimate MetalCompilation1995 
Best TracksCompilation1996 
Hump on Your Back / SnakebiteSplit1996 
Overnight SensationFull-length1996
Fast, Loose & Live!Compilation1996 
Stone Dead ForeverCompilation1997 
Protect the InnocentCompilation1997 
King Biscuit Flower HourLive album1997
Take No PrisonersCompilation1997 
The Best Of – Deaf ForeverCompilation1998 
The Singles Collection: The Bronze Years 1978-1984Compilation1998 
Snake Bite LoveFull-length1998
Today: The Encore CollectionCompilation1998 
The Early YearsCompilation1998 
Everything Louder than Everyone ElseLive album1999
Born to Lose, Live to Win (The Bronze Singles 1978-1983)Compilation1999 
The Golden Years – The Alternate VersionsCompilation1999 
Ace of SpadesCompilation1999 
We Are MotörheadFull-length2000
God Save the Queen / One More Fucking TimeSingle2000 
The Best OfCompilation2000
Over the Top: The RaritiesCompilation2000 
The Chase Is Better than the Catch: The Singles A’s & B’sCompilation2000 
I Got MineLive album2001 
2 Originals of MotörheadBoxed set2001 
Twisted Forever – A Tribute to Twisted SisterSplit2001 
Bite the BulletCompilation2001 
No Class!Compilation2001 
25 & Alive “Boneshaker”Live album2001 
Shut Your MouthSingle2002 
The Best of MotörheadVideo2002 
Tales of SinCompilation2002 
The Bronze Age: 1979-1982Boxed set2002
Keep Us on the Road: Live 1977Compilation2002 
Tear Ya Down: The RaritiesCompilation2002 
The Very Best of MotörheadCompilation2002 
Shoot You in the Back – The Early YearsCompilation2002 
Rock ClassixCompilation2003 
The Complete Best of MotörheadCompilation2003 
Hellraiser – Best of the Epic YearsCompilation2003 
Stone Deaf Forever!Compilation2003
Live at Brixton AcademyLive album2003
Born to Lose, Live to Win – The Bronze Singles 1978-1981Compilation2004 
Whorehouse BluesVideo2005 
Classic Albums: Ace of SpadesVideo2005 
Essential Noize: The Very Best OfCompilation2005 
Stage FrightVideo2005
Whorehouse Blues / KillersSingle2005 
BBC Live & In-SessionLive album2005 
R.A.M.O.N.E.S. / Devil I KnowSingle2006 
Kiss of DeathFull-length2006
LiveLive album2006 
God Was Never on Your SideSingle2006 
The EssentialCompilation2007 
Overkill / Tie Your Mother DownSingle2007 
Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at HammersmithLive album2007 
Hellraiser – The Best of the W.T.G. YearsCompilation2007 
The Early YearsCompilation2008 
Get Back In Line / Ace of Spades (acoustic version)Single2010 
You’ll Get Yours – The Best of MotörheadCompilation2010 
Aces Up My Sleeve – The CollectionCompilation2010 
The Wörld Is YoursFull-length2010
The GameSingle2011 
The Wörld Is Ours – Vol. 1: Everywhere Further than Everyplace ElseLive album2011 
Complete Early YearsBoxed set2012 
The Wörld Is Ours – Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere ElseLive album2012 
Thunder & Lightning / ElectricitySingle2015 
Bad MagicFull-length2015
Overkill (Exclusive Version)Single2016
Clean Your ClockLive album2016
Wake the DeadBoxed set2016 
Under CöverCompilation2017
Overkill / Breaking the LawSingle2017 
Get Back in LineSingle2018 
Böx of MagicBoxed set2018 
End of the WörldBoxed set2018 
Overkill / Bomber (Live and Unreleased)Single2019 
Overkill / BomberSingle2019 
Rockaway BeachSingle2019 
Made in 1979Boxed set2019 
Iron Horse / Born To LoseSplit2020 
Live To WinSplit2021 
Louder than Noise… Live in BerlinLive album2021
Lemmy Kilmister
Bass, Vocals (1975-2015)
(R.I.P. 2015) See also: ex-Bastard, ex-Hawkwind, ex-Headcat, ex-Opal Butterfly, ex-Sam Gopal, ex-The Damned, ex-The Motown Sect, ex-The Rainmakers, ex-The Rockin’ Vickers
Phil Campbell
Guitars (1983-2015)
See also: Panda Party, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, ex-Persian Risk, ex-Contrast, ex-Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, ex-Roktopus, ex-Stoned Soul Party
Mikkey Dee
Drums (1992-2015)
See also: Scorpions, Nordic Beast, ex-King Diamond, ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-WWIII, ex-Dokken (live), ex-Geisha, ex-Don Dokken, ex-Nadir, ex-E-Type (live)

Past Members:

Philthy AnimalDrums (1975-1984, 1987-1992)
(R.I.P. 2015) See also: ex-Capricorn, ex-GMT, ex-Operator, ex-The Web of Spider, ex-Waysted
Lucas FoxDrums (1975)
See also: Pink Fairies, ex-Bastard, ex-Warsaw Pakt
Larry WallisGuitars, Vocals (1975-1976)
(R.I.P. 2019) See also: ex-Bastard, ex-Pink Fairies, ex-Shagrat, ex-UFO
Fast Eddie ClarkeGuitars (1976-1982)
(R.I.P. 2018) See also: ex-Fast Eddie Clarke, ex-Fastway
Brian RobertsonGuitars (1982-1983)
See also: Brian Robertson, ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Wild Willy’s Gang (live), ex-Operator, ex-Wild Horses
WürzelGuitars (1983-1995)
(R.I.P. 2011) See also: ex-Warhead, ex-Würzel, ex-Leader of Down
Pete GillDrums (1984-1987)
See also: ex-Saxon, ex-Son of a Bitch, ex-The Glitter Band
Tommy AldridgeDrums (1992)
See also: ex-Hear ‘n Aid, ex-M.A.R.S., Whitesnake, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Patrick Rondat, ex-Thin Lizzy, ex-Vinnie Moore, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen (live), ex-Oliver Weers, ex-Black Oak Arkansas, ex-Elements of Friction, ex-Gary Moore, ex-House of Lords, ex-Lynch Mob, ex-Manic Eden, ex-Pat Travers Band, ex-John Sykes (live)
Side A
1.Ace of Spades02:49  Show lyrics
2.Love Me like a Reptile03:23  Show lyrics
3.Shoot You in the Back02:40  Show lyrics
4.Live to Win03:37  Show lyrics
5.Fast and Loose03:23  Show lyrics
6.(We Are) The Road Crew03:12  Show lyrics
Side B
7.Fire, Fire02:44  Show lyrics
8.Jailbait03:33  Show lyrics
9.Dance02:38  Show lyrics
10.Bite the Bullet01:38  Show lyrics
11.The Chase Is Better than the Catch04:18  Show lyrics
12.The Hammer02:48  Show lyrics

One thought on “Motörhead: Ace Of Spades-80’s-1980.

  1. Napalm_Satan, December 28th, 2015

    (‘That’s the way I like it baby, I don’t wanna live forever…’)

    When listening to a Motörhead album, one should come in with these expectations: Simple songwriting, simple riffs, gruff vocals, lyrics about sex, alcohol and gambling, and just a general sense of pure fucking testosterone driven Grade-A vintage coolness. Rarely will you hear something that better represents the absolute rebellious rock attitude that was espoused by the best acts of the genre than this. Take any song, at any given moment, and it is about as awesome and driven as it comes.

    From start to finish, this is just about the finest hard rock you will ever come across. Literally 99% of all rock albums you are thinking of right now that you believe to be better than this? You are wrong. None of those albums display the carefree, laid back and yet booze fueled drive that this has. Lemmy’s lyricism and vocals on this is a really good summation of why this album is the epitome of coolness. Lemmy’s vocals sound like a man who has done several hundred women and downed at least… oh I don’t know, 500 bottles of whiskey? And I mean that in the best possible way, though his voice can be considered technically awful, it just works so well. He has a very gruff and yet powerful singing voice, one that goes with the gruff and powerful guitars singing about living fast.

    And those riffs… oh my word. Admittedly, there aren’t too many of them, and they are kind of similar. However, who gives a flying FUCK?! Every last riff on here is driven, aggressive, dirty and once again, fuckin’ cool! They are some of the finest hard rock riffs you will ever hear, perhaps with a slight punkish bounce to them too. They are meaty and powerful in their sound, going full speed ahead into the night. Lemmy’s bass lines are loud and follow the riffs closely, further reinforcing the riffs and giving them that extra bit of grunt, not that they needed them in the first place. The drums are pretty good too, throwing in loads of little fills and rolls along with the simple straight beats. The solos are bluesy, pedal driven, and melodic, serving as an interesting counterpoint to the rough as hell vocal performance.

    One criticism that I need to address is the lack of variety. The riffs sound similar, the vocal style is constant, all the solos are cut from a similar cloth, all the songs sound the same, etc.. To this my response is: WHO FUCKING CARES?! Really, when every last song features consistently aggressive, driving and memorable riffs backed up by a consistently loud and ugly bass, when every song has Lemmy’s cool lyrics and awesome vocals, why the fuck is that a reason to complain? Motörhead are one of the most consistent bands ever, and the fact that you can select practically any song of theirs and always get awesome… everything, is a testament to just how driven and passionate their music is. The fact that Lemmy can mix up the same formula for 23 albums and never ever produce something even remotely bad (even if it bordered on average at times) just shows how creative and beautifully simple Motörhead’s music is.

    It isn’t like the songs ever overstay their welcome, either. Nothing here is longer than 5 minutes, or even 4 and a half. They never really stagnate due to the immense amount of energy and drive put into the performances, and even if they do start to drag a tiny bit (to you that is, I have no issues with this) you will be headbanging too much to even care. The guitars play their punkish heavy metal/hard rock riffs with the utmost urgency and carefree nature, the drums are simple and yet highly energetic with double bass and fills all around, what isn’t there to like? This album is the very embodiment of what heavy metal is. Pushing things to extremes. This was, for its time, highly driven and aggressive, about as rough and heavy as it came. Later bands built upon it, taking one individual element of this album and pushing it to the absolute maximum. These guys play on ’11’ for the whole fucking album, never once stopping to think.

    These songs are not necessarily technically amazing, and may even come across as dumb, but Motörhead have always been a band that is more entertaining as a complete package. Everything about their music fits together to form one massive rocking whole. The individual instruments are OK on their own, but come together (along with the rough as hell production) to produce aggressive, heavy and driving music. The songs fit together to make 40 minute odes to booze and women. And these odes fit together to make Motörhead’s complete run, their enormous bastion of riffage, their legacy. You can’t necessarily pick out a single stand out from this pack, but it all comes together.

    This, my friends, is the very embodiment of what we stand for. Rebellion, not giving a damn, turning it up to 11 all day every day, living fast and dying old. Maybe this isn’t the most technically accomplished album ever, but really. This shit is fucking awesome, one of the most aggressive, focused, driven and cool albums of its day. And it still holds up over 35 years later.

    Perhaps this review comes across as a bit haphazard and rushed. The reason for that is because I have written this review largely to sing my praises of one of the greatest rock and metal musicians of all time, Lemmy Kilmister. It is with a heavy heart that I found of his passing on the 28th December 2015. He had turned 70 just 4 days prior, and died due to an extremely aggressive cancer. His legacy is inimitable, being a catalyst for some of the finest music in the ’80s that the world had ever heard. Entire subgenres at least partially owe their existence to this venerable founding father of the genre and his amazing work. Let us not dwell upon his passing, but celebrate the life and times of Lemmy! Blast your Motörhead albums as loud as possible, crack open the beers, and live fast people. Its what Lemmy would have wanted.

    R.I.P. Lemmy (24th December 1945 – 28th December 2015)


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