No Remorse (Motörhead album)

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No Remorse
Compilation album by Motörhead
Released 15 September 1984
Recorded 1977 to 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 86:37 (Original) (1984)
103:34 (Reissue) (2005)
Label Bronze (1984)
Sanctuary (2005)
Producer Vic Maile
Motörhead chronology
Another Perfect Day
(1983)
No Remorse
(1984)
Orgasmatron
(1986)
Singles from No Remorse
  1. "Killed by Death"
    Released: 1 September 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

No Remorse is a 1984 compilation album by the British band Motörhead, covering their years under contract with Bronze Records and with four newly recorded tracks (plus two more added first as B-sides, and later to the CD remasters). This is the last album the band made for Bronze Records, and the first to feature the new line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel, and Pete Gill.

History[edit]

Lemmy recalls that their trouble with Bronze started after Eddie Clarke left. The company did not like Brian Robertson and did not have much faith in the new lineup and wanted to do a compilation of the band's old songs. Lemmy said that was an indication that they were "readying the death knell" of the band and insisted the band record new material for it.[3] The new lineup recorded six new songs at Britannia Row Studios, London: "Snaggletooth", "Steal Your Face", "Locomotive", two versions of "Under the Knife", and "Killed by Death" between 19–25 May 1984. Four of these songs concluded each side of the vinyl release.[4] Lemmy took charge of selecting the tracks for the album and wrote a commentary about each song.[3]

Packaging[edit]

In addition to the usual cardboard sleeve, the original LPs were also available in a leather effect sleeve which had silver on black artwork, completely reworked by Joe Petagno in much finer detail than the original with various differences (such as an iron cross). There was also a cassette version released in a leather pouch with wording mimicking the Government Health Warning often found on a cigarette packet, about the contents being potentially damaging to the health.

Promotion[edit]

The band promoted the album with their 'No Remorse - Death on the Road' tour, conducted between 24 October – 7 November 1984. They also made a live appearance on 26 October on the ITV pop/rock music programme The Tube, playing "Killed by Death", "Steal Your Face" and "Overkill". However, the programme credits came up during "Steal Your Face", which faded out as the broadcast concluded: "Overkill" would eventually be broadcast some 20 years later, during a retrospective 'Best of the Tube' TV series.[4]

There was also a television advert for the album, which featured a brief medley of several songs before Lemmy's voice was heard to declare, "No Remorse... go out and get it!"

Legacy[edit]

Motörhead also released a song in 2002 called "No Remorse", which appeared on their Hammered album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Ace of Spades"   Ace of Spades 2:48
2. "Motorhead (Live)" (Kilmister) Actually an edit from No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 3:37
3. "Jailbait"   Ace of Spades 3:33
4. "Stay Clean"   Overkill 2:42
5. "Too Late, Too Late"   B-side of "Overkill" 3:26
6. "Killed by Death" (Michael Burston, Phil Campbell, Pete Gill, Kilmister) New recording 4:42
Side two
No. Title ... Length
7. "Bomber"   Bomber 3:43
8. "Iron Fist"   Iron Fist 2:54
9. "Shine" (Kilmister, Brian Robertson, Taylor) Another Perfect Day 3:11
10. "Dancing on Your Grave" (Kilmister, Robertson, Taylor) Another Perfect Day 4:30
11. "Metropolis"   Overkill 3:37
12. "Snaggletooth" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 3:51
Side three
No. Title ... Length
13. "Overkill"   Overkill 3:12
14. "Please Don't Touch" (Johnny Kidd, Guy Robinson) St. Valentine's Day Massacre 2:49
15. "Stone Dead Forever"   Bomber 4:54
16. "Like a Nightmare"   B-side of "No Class" 4:28
17. "Emergency" (Denise Dufort, Kelly Johnson, Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams) St. Valentine's Day Massacre 3:00
18. "Steal Your Face" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 4:31
Side four
No. Title ... Length
19. "Louie, Louie" (Richard Berry) Actually an alternate version that was later released as a bonus track on CD version of Overkill 2:55
20. "No Class"   Overkill 2:41
21. "Iron Horse/Born to Lose (Live)" (Mick Brown, Guy Lawrence, Taylor) Actually an edit from No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 3:48
22. "(We Are) The Road Crew"   Ace of Spades 3:12
23. "Leaving Here (Live)" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland) The Golden Years 3:05
24. "Locomotive" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 3:25

The original single CD issue (on Castle in the UK (CLACD 121), and Roadracer (RRD 9354) in the US) omitted "Louie Louie", "Leaving Here" and the double CD bonus tracks.

Personnel[edit]

Motörhead
  • Lemmy – bass (All tracks), lead vocals (All tracks except 17), backing vocals (track 17)
  • Phil "Wizzö" Campbell – guitar (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Würzel – guitar (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Pete Gill – drums (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (bonus) and 14 (bonus))
  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke – guitar (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track)), lead vocals (track 17) producer (Tracks 8, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Brian "Robbo" Robertson – guitar (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 (credit only), 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Denise Dufort - drums (track 17 (uncredited))
Production

Producers:

  • Speedy Keen (Tracks 2 and 21)
  • Jimmy Miller (Tracks 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 19)
  • Vic Maile (Tracks 1, 3 and 22)
  • Will Reid (8, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Tony Platt (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))

Engineers:

  • John Burns (Tracks 2 and 21)
  • Ashley Howe and Trevor Hallesy (Tracks 4, 5, 11, 13, 16 and 19)
  • Trevor Hallesy (Tracks 7 and 15)
  • Charles Harrowell (Track 8)
  • Tony Platt (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b Kilmister, Ian Fraser and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 178-179. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. ^ a b Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.

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