Motorhead was formed way back in 1976 by Englishman Ian
Fraser Kilmister (aka Lemmy), who has remained the only original member
of the band. Motorhead was a precursor band to the New Wave
British Metal movement of the late 1970's and early 1980's. The
way we understand it, the band's name is an allusion to amphetamine
addicts. The classic band line up is a threesome: Lemmy
(vocals/bass), Fast Eddie Clark (guitarist), and Phil Taylor (drums).
It was Lemmy's idea to create and perform music that was
so loud and raucous, that it would kill the neighbor's lawn.
Motorhead started releasing material in the 70's, and their self-titled
debut hit shelves in 1977. Motorhead is probably most remembered,
at least in the USA, for their 1980 release,
of Spades, and the single of the same name. By
1981, Motorhead had made the transition from a big hit in the United
Kingdom to touring the USA with Ozzy Osbourne. The band had
several hits on the UK charts throughout the 1980's. Those UK fans
know many, many more Motorhead songs than just "Ace of Spades"
In 1982, Motorhead decided to do a cover of the Tammy
Wynette song, "Stand by Your Man", and Eddie Clark decided he couldn't
take it any more. He went on to create the band Fastway.
With new members, Motorhead went on, continuing to produce, tour, and
drink. At the time of this writing, the Motorhead Discography was
as follows: 1977: Motorhead
1979: On Parole
1980: Ace of Spades
1982: Iron Fist
1987: Rock 'n' Roll
1992: March or Die
1996: Overnight Sensation
1998: Snake Bite Love
2000: We are Motorhead
2006: Kiss of Death
2010: The World is Yours