|B-side to "Kings of Speed" by Hawkwind|
|Released||7 March 1975|
|Recorded||January 1975, Olympic Studios|
|Genre||Hard rock, space rock|
|Single by Hawkwind|
I was on tour with Hawkwind in 1974, we were staying at the Riot House and Roy Wood and Wizzard were also in town. I got this urge to write a song in the middle of the night. I ran downstairs to the Wizzard room, got Roy's Ovation acoustic guitar, then hurried back to mine. I went on to the balcony and howled away for four hours. Cars were stopping and the drivers were listening then driving off, and there I was yelling away at the top of my voice." - Lemmy.
The title of the song is American slang for a speed freak. The lyrics were explained by Lemmy:
The six thousand miles was a reference to Los Angeles, and the rest is self-explanatory. And yes, I am the only person to fit the word 'parallelogram' into a rock'n'roll number! I'm very proud of that.
The song is written in E major. The bass follows the root note for all the chords, with a riff on the F♯, based on the A string between the tenth and twelfth frets. The introduction is in E, ending with two bars each in D and E♭. The verse is in E with a D/E 'kick' at the end of each lyric line, a pre-chorus follows, in G with two lines ending in D, the last in F♯. The chorus, like the pre-chorus is in G, but with only two lines, ending in D and F♯. The song consists of three verses in total. The solo break, based around the verse/pre-chorus/chorus pattern, is after the second chorus.
The original backing tracks for "Kings of Speed" were taken by Dave Brock from that Olympic Studio session, and he later added overdubs and released them through independent record companies. In July 1981 "Motorhead" was released as the A-side to a 7" and 12" single on the Flicknife label, this time having a Brock vocal and synthesizer overdubs, the B-side being "Valium Ten". Flicknife re-released the single as a 12" vinyl in October 1982.
In 1992 the song was added to the Dojo CD re-issues of Hawkwind's Warrior on the Edge of Time album, as did Griffin in 1994. The song is used in various compilation albums, such as British Tribal Music, The Hawkwind Collection and The Hawkwind Anthology Vol. II.
|"Motörhead" / "City Kids"|
|Single by Motörhead|
|from the album Motörhead|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
"Motörhead" ( sample (help·info)) was chosen from Motörhead's 1977 album, Motörhead, for release as a 7" vinyl single in June 1977. Recorded at Escape Studios, London, it was initially issued with the 'Map of Chiswick' label, later it was switched to the 'Big Beat' label and pressed in other formats. Chiswick also released a special 12" vinyl edition which was limited to 12,500 copies. In September 1979 Chiswick released a 7" vinyl picture disc in two pressings, black & white, and blue & white as well as single colour pressings in black, blue, pink, orange and white vinyl.
The track "Motörhead" is credited to Lemmy, the B-side, "City Kids", to Duncan Sanderson and Larry Wallis. The band members in the recording were "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitars and vocals, Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on drums, and Lemmy on bass and lead vocals. The single was produced by Speedy Keen, engineered by John Burns. The photographs are attributed to Motorcycle Irene.
|"Motörhead" / "Over the Top"|
|Single by Motörhead|
Motörhead recorded a live version, which was released as a 7" vinyl single on 11 July 1981. It fared much better than the original single and reached number six in the UK Singles Charts. Whereas the previous recording plays in E major, this recording plays in E♭. The single uses recordings made in March 1981 while the band were on their four day "The Short, Sharp, Pain in the Neck Tour", as were the other tracks on the parent album, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith. Bronze Records released a 7" picture disc, the A-side has the same picture as the cover and the B-side has a white Motörhead logo on black. A promotional 12" vinyl single was released in the USA, with the album's "No Class" track as its B-side. This track has also been featured on unofficial releases, such as the 1993 Castle Communications double album compilation, All the Aces, and Deadline Music's 1999 Golden Years - The Alternate Versions, which was released under licence from Receiver Records.
In 1988 Castle Communications released a 3" CD single of four Motörhead tracks, the inserts states track three is "Motorhead" but actually plays "Jailbait", the edition was limited to 5,000 copies.
Other cover versions
- 1981 - Cockney Rejects on Greatest Hits Vol. 3 - Live & Loud
- 1990 - Lawnmower Deth on Ooh Crikey It's... Lawnmower Deth
- 1993 - Corduroy as a single and on their Out Of Here album
- 1994 - The Nomads on their Showdown 1981-1993 album
- 1995 - Poison Idea on "Pajama Party"
- 1997 - Primal Scream on their Vanishing Point album
- 1999 - Acid King on their Busse Woods album
- 2003 - Unkle sampled the bass intro from the Hawkwind version for their song Blackout, featured on Never, Never, Land.
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