Bastards (Motörhead album)

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Bastards
Studio album by Motörhead
Released 29 November 1993
Recorded 1993 at A&M Studios and Prime Time Studios
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 47:50 (Original) (1993)
48:50 (Reissue) (2001)
Label ZYX Music (1993)
Steamhammer (2001)
Producer Howard Benson
Motörhead chronology
The '92 Tour EP
(1992)
Bastards
(1993)
Sacrifice
(1995)
Singles from Bastards
  1. "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Born to Raise Hell"
    Released: November 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Bastards is the eleventh album by the British band Motörhead, released in 1993 on ZYX Records, and it is their first studio album they recorded with the short-lived Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel and Mikkey Dee lineup. It was also the first of four Motörhead albums that were produced by Howard Benson.

History[edit]

After unsuccessfully commercialising the success of 1916 with its 1992 follow-up March ör Die, the band returned to their roots: being loud and fast. The lyrical themes range from social criticism ("On Your Feet or on Your Knees"), war ("Death or Glory", "I am the Sword") to child abuse ("Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me") and total mayhem ("Burner").

"Born to Raise Hell" was later recorded with Ice-T and Whitfield Crane and released as a single (including a version on picture disc). This version of the song was featured in the movie Airheads.[2]

Joe Petagno, longtime Motörhead sleeve artist, revealed in a rare interview on the Inferno 30th Anniversary edition bonus DVD that the album was originally to be titled Devils. He had already drawn up a cover to reflect this title when it was changed.[3]

Sleeve artwork[edit]

As well as alluding to the original name of the album, Joe Petagno also had this insight into the concept of the album cover:

Bastards was a design I did in reply to March ör Die. That fucking horrible sleeve. It pissed me off. It was the worst thing I'd ever seen in my life. So I thought, okay, they want something like that, I'll do it properly. [I] sent it to the Motörheadbangers fan club, Alan Burridge, and he liked it so much that he put it on the cover of the fan magazine. When Lemmy saw it, he wanted it, so Devils became Bastards.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel and Mikkey Dee unless otherwise stated.

No. Title Length
1. "On Your Feet or on Your Knees"   2:34
2. "Burner"   2:52
3. "Death or Glory"   4:50
4. "I Am the Sword"   4:28
5. "Born to Raise Hell" (Lemmy) 4:58
6. "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me"   4:05
7. "Bad Woman"   3:16
8. "Liar"   4:12
9. "Lost in the Ozone"   3:27
10. "I'm Your Man"   3:28
11. "We Bring the Shake"   3:48
12. "Devils"   6:00
Total length:
47:50
2001 Steamhammer Reissue
No. Title Length
13. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 3:20

Credits[edit]

With:

  • Howard Benson – keyboards
  • Joe Petagno - sleeve artwork
  • Recorded in 1993 at A & M Studios and Prime Time Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
  • Produced, mixed, and digitally edited by Howard Benson
  • Engineered and mixed by Ryan Dorn
  • Mixed at Aire L.A., Glendale, California
  • Assistant engineered by John Aguto, Randy Wine, Darrin Mann, John Gaudesi, Gregg Barrett, and Devin Foutz
  • Mastered at Future Disk by Eddy Schreyer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  3. ^ a b About Joe Petagno - interview section with Joe Petagno, bonus DVD with Inferno 30th Anniversary edition SPV69748.

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