MOTORHEAD Overkill (Silverline 288189-9)(2003)
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister is one of the most important artists in the history of
Rock music. After being fired from Hawkwind (gods) in 1975, Lemmy decided to
form a band called "Bastard!. His manager at the time explained Lemmy that
with a name like that he could forget all about "Top of the Pops", the only
show which could offer his band the recognition he craved, so the solution
was to change the band's name to Motorhead. Lemmy hired Larry Wallis on the
guitars and Lucas Fox on the Drums and the first Motorhead line up was
During the same year the band entered the studio and started
recording their material. For some strange reason Lucas Fox decided that he
no longer wished to be member of the band (I'm pretty sure that this was the
worst decision he ever made in his life) and gave his place to a young and
very talented musician called Phil "Animal" Tailor.
In the early 1976 the recordings were finished but their record label at the time decided not to
proceed with any release (the material was released three year later - "On
Parole"). Lemmy decided that what Motorhead really needed was a second
guitar player so he recruited "Fast" Eddie Clarke. During Eddie's auditions
Larry Wallis decided to leave Motorhead and the legendary trio, which was
destined to torture our ears for good, was born.
With this line up they signed with Chiswick records and in 1977 created
their "first" album simply called "Motorhead". Any decent manager could
realise that Motorhead deserved something much better that Chiswick records
so the band pulled out the Chiswick deal and signed with Bronze Records.In
the last months of 1978 the band entered the studio to begin the recordings
of their first successful album called Overkill. This album helped the band
create the core of their loyal fan base, their songs climbed the charts and
made the name Motorhead known to the world - the rest is history...
I am quite attached to this album since it was the first full-length i have
ever listened. How can you not love an album which contains so many
Motorhead classics starting with the opening track of the album "Overkill".
This is definitely one of the best Motorhead songs ever recorded and the
track that Lemmy normally chooses as the farewell track for most of his
concerts. Fast drums, loud guitars and dirty bass tunes - all the things
which best describe Motorhead!
Next comes "Stay Clean", another Motorhead classic and a great riff by
Clarke. The next two tracks of the album, "(I Won't) Pay Your Price" and
"I'll Be Your Sister" are decent Motorhead tunes but cannot be compared to
"Capricorn"(love the guitars on that song) and "No Class" which follow.
"Damage Case" and "Tear Ya Down" will make you headbang like there's no
tomorrow and will do their best to prepare you for "Metropolis", another
classic. The first time Motorhead played in Greece Lemmy introduced the song
as "Acropolis" (for obvious reasons...). "Limb From Limb" is a great song
which could have been written by Jimi Hendrix and the last song from the
This DVD also contains five bonus tracks: "Too Late, Too Late" (B-side of
Overkill single) with it's great main riff and solo, "Like A Nightmare
(B-side of No Class single), "Louie, Louie"(loved by all the Motorhead fans,
and not just them), an instrumental version of "Tear Ya Down" and an
alternate version of "Louie, Louie".
There is also a photo gallery with some really interesting pictures, Liner
Notes with the history of the band, and a section where you will be given
instructions as to how you can set up your surround system for better
Motorhead represent the true spirit of Rock & Roll: Dirty, fast and
uncompromising. "Overkill" is one of the best albums to introduce you to the
magic world of the pioneers of Metal Music , if you are not acquainted to
them (kind of difficult) and a must have for all the Motorhead bangers out
Louie,Louie? A tsatsatsatsatsa.....
Review by John Stefanis