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LEMMY 49% Motherf*cker, 51% Son Of A B*tch (2010)
Celebrities help chart Motorheads man's journey...


This well documented documentary is basically a year in the life of the legendary vocalist and bassist, hand has more interviews (well, celebrity comments) than you can shake a stick at.

Large parts of this are, over a three year period, a camera following Lemmy around, from being interviewed on a radio station to buying Beatles CDs at a record store, to meeting fans to gambling. From playing video games to rehearsing and sound checks,

The Damned's Dave Vanian, alongside Dave Grohl, Scott Not Ian, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Dee Snider and Slash all have their own comments, and in some cases stories about the living legend too. Throw in soundbites from the manager of LA's Rainbow Bar & Grill, amongst others, and it builds up a good picture of the man. The soundtrack to the film is, of course, either music by Lemmy, or the kind of rock'n'roll that Lemmy grew up with and was influenced by.

So far, no real story, it's all soundbites, but Lemmy taking you back to North Wales where he grew up, the kids at his old school playing 'Ace Of Spades' on a piano, this is real history. Vintage pics of his early bands, interviews with members of The Rocking Vickers, Lemmy talking about the period, it's all good stuff.

The Stray Cats and performing at Head Cat? It's all Lemmy's influences.

The tour of Lemmy's apartment is interesting. It's more of a museum, both of the Nazi Memorabilia and of Motorhead (gold discs, dolls et al), and we're introduced to Lemmy's son too. It's a conversation you can just sit back and enjoy, the dry wit is really enthralling. This gets far more interesting and informative than any montage.

There are vintage live shots, vintage moments (Lemmy and Philthy Taylor trashing a room only after being asked why there's so much violence on the road).

There are several surprise fans, including Jarvis Cocker, who describes Motorhead as the aural equivalent of a sandstorm.

There's not too much order to what comes when, but through the 1 hour 50 minutes there will be something informative, something enjoyable, something to make you laugh, I guarantee.

And more extras than you get through in one sitting, it's good Motorvalue for money.


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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