Motorhead Biography

Motorhead are an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, professionally known by his stage name Lemmy, who has remained the sole constant member. The band are often considered a precursor to, or one of the earliest members of, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

As of November 2013, Motorhead have released twenty-one studio albums, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums and five EPs. Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motorhead's reputation as a top-tier rock band. As of 2012, Motorhead have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Motorhead are typically classified as heavy metal, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal. Their lyrics typically cover such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and, most famously, gambling. The name "Motorhead" is a reference to users of the drug amphetamine. The band's distinctive fanged-face logo, with its oversized boar's tusks, chains, and spikes, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motorhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums. The fanged face has been referred to variously as "War-Pig" and "Snaggletooth". The band is ranked number 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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Motorhead News

German man develops blood clot on the brain after headbanging at a Motörhead gig

Unnamed German man had to have blood drained from his brain after seeing Lemmy and co in action

  • Jul 4, 2014

Motorhead launch cruise festival called Motorboat

A full line-up and dates are expected for the US/Mexico trip shortly

  • Feb 21, 2014

Motorhead cancel forthcoming European tour due to illness

Frontman Lemmy has been suffering with health issues related to diabetes since 2000

  • Jan 24, 2014

Motorhead confirmed for Coachella Festival in California

Lemmy will join the likes of Future Islands, Glitch Mob and The Internet in Indio this spring

  • Jan 8, 2014

Lemmy: 'I just feel really down'

The Motorhead frontman was recently fitted with a pacemaker

  • Nov 22, 2013

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Motorhead Music Videos

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Motorhead

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Metropolis (live at Wacken Open Air 2013) Play Video

Metropolis (live at Wacken Open Air 2013)

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Damage Case (live at Wacken Open Air 2013) Play Video

Damage Case (live at Wacken Open Air 2013)

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Lost Woman Blues Play Video

Lost Woman Blues

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Crying Shame

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Motorhead Reviews

Motörhead - 'Aftershock'

Motörhead - 'Aftershock'

His voice is a bit croakier these days, but the band’s riffs are as pummeling and unforgiving as ever

  • Oct 18, 2013

Album Review: Motorhead - The World Is Yours (SPV)

Lemmy and comrades strike back after a disappointing 2008 album

  • Jan 17, 2011

Motorhead : London Royal Opera House

Well topple my titfer and spank me 'til I cry for matron, if this isn't the queerest commotion ever to rattle this grand old pile!...

  • Mar 11, 2004

Motorhead : London Kentish Town Forum

Vote Motorhead: you know it makes sense...

  • May 24, 2001

Guildford Stoke Park

Oh death, where is thy sting?

  • Aug 11, 2000

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