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“Motorhead” was not just Lemmy's debut song for his renowned band of the same name; it was also the last song he penned for his previous band, Hawkwind. It was released as the B-side to the 1975 single “Kings of Speed.” 1)


Motorhead found its stride with 1979's magnificent “Overkill” album, which has one of the most popular cover designs by veteran artist Joe Petagno, who astonishingly pulled it out in less than two pressure-packed weeks. 2)

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Despite his famous drug use, Lemmy composed the song “Dead Men Tell No Tales” about the “Bomber” album's producer, Jimmy Miller, who was suffering from heroin addiction at the time of recording. 3)

Rock Band 2

When Motorhead's trademark song, “Ace of Spades,” was modified for the video game “Rock Band 2,” the lyrics were altered to represent Lemmy's immortality: “I don't want to live forever… But it appears that I am.” 4)

Philthy "Animal" Taylor

Philthy “Animal” Taylor, the legendary drummer for Motorhead, was so reckless that he once overlooked a fractured neck (inflicted by drunken hijinks, of course) and continued touring. As a keepsake, he has an orange-sized bump on the back of his neck. 5)


The song “Dancing on Your Grave” by Motorhead influenced the name of Brazil's most famous heavy metal band. They loved the way the word “grave” sounded in Portuguese after translating the song's title: Sepultura. 6)

"Killed By Death" Video

No Lemmys were hurt in the production of the classic “Killed by Death” video from 1984: A stuntman was recruited to drive the Harley Davidson through walls and out of the grave. 7)


Michael “Wurzel” Burston (RIP), who joined the band in 1984, earned his moniker (based on a walking, talking cartoon scarecrow figure) in the army, and his military experience appealed to Lemmy's common passion with the topic nearly as much as his guitar skills. 8)

Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell, who helped convert Motorhead into a foursome with Wurzel, is one of Wales' most well-known guitar heroes, having cut his teeth with top Welsh N.W.O.B.H.M. contenders Persian Risk. 9)

Demon Train

The demon train blazing across the “Orgasmatron” LP’s cover art reflects the album’s original title, “Ridin’ with the Driver.” 10)

Ed Stasium

Famous Ramones collaborator Ed Stasium was hired to produce the “1916” album, but he was sacked after Lemmy discovered him overdubbing Latin percussion onto the song “Going to Brazil” without the band's consent. 11)

Spongebob Squarepants

The song “You Better Run” from the 1992 album “March or Die” was later re-recorded as “You Better Swim” for an episode of “Spongebob Squarepants.” 12)

Howard Benson

Howard Benson, noted for his work with 21st century rock bands including Papa Roach and Theory of a Deadman, was Motorhead's producer for four albums, beginning with 1993's “Bastards” and finishing with 1998's “Snake Bite Love.” 13)

Mikkey Dee

Mikkey Dee is Motorhead's longest-serving drummer, and most fans are aware that he is Swedish. But did you know he has a proud Greek ancestry, which explains his full given name, Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou? 14)

The Drew Carey Show Cameo

Motorhead made a guest appearance on “The Drew Carey Show” in October 2001 performing a song called “Sorry.” 15)

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