Orgasmatron (album)

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Studio album by Motörhead
Released 9 August 1986
Recorded 1986
Master Rock Studios,
London, UK
Genre Heavy metal
Length 35:36 (Original) (1986)
48:21 (Reissue) (1997)
1:27:15 (Deluxe Edition) (2006)
Label GWR (1986)
Castle Communications (1997)
Sanctuary (2006)
Producer Bill Laswell
Jason Corsaro
Motörhead chronology
No Remorse
Rock 'n' Roll
Singles from Orgasmatron
  1. "Deaf Forever"
    Released: 5 July 1986

Orgasmatron is the seventh album by the British band Motörhead, released in 1986. It is the only full Motörhead album to feature Pete Gill on the drums, although he also played on the four new tracks recorded for the 1984 No Remorse compilation album.


The album's working title was Ridin' with the Driver and later changed to Orgasmatron; it was too late for Joe Petagno to change the cover art and the train design was used.[1]

It features some of Motörhead's heaviest songs[citation needed]("Orgasmatron" and "Deaf Forever") and it is the album (along with No Remorse) that got Motörhead back on track after the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful 1983 album Another Perfect Day. The album reached number 21 in the UK charts.[2]

The song "Orgasmatron" was re-recorded in 2000 and was available as an Internet download under the name "Orgasmatron 2000". It was later included on the band's 2003 five-disc box-set Stone Deaf Forever!

Sleeve artwork[edit]

As well as alluding to the original name of the album, Joe Petagno also commented on the concept behind the album cover:

[Lemmy] was living on a houseboat then, and collecting train models. He said, "You know, Joseph, I want a fucking train." It seemed weird to me... [laughs] but, yet again it worked.[1]

The preliminary sketch had the Orgasmatron train going in the opposite direction, but Petagno "decided to turn it so it was going out of the picture rather than coming into it."[1]

It gave me a lot of trouble, because [of] trying to fit the head in front of the train with this cow scoop. But it worked in the end.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard (de) 8.5/10[6]

In 2005, Orgasmatron was ranked number 313 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Würzel, Phil Campbell, Pete Gill and Lemmy unless otherwise stated.

No. Title Length
1. "Deaf Forever"   4:25
2. "Nothing Up My Sleeve"   3:11
3. "Ain't My Crime"   3:42
4. "Claw"   3:31
5. "Mean Machine"   2:57
6. "Built for Speed"   4:56
7. "Ridin' with the Driver"   3:47
8. "Doctor Rock"   3:37
9. "Orgasmatron"   5:27

Deluxe edition (Sanctuary Records 2006 Reissue)[edit]

In 2006, the album was re-issued with a bonus CD, featuring the BBC Radio 1 broadcast of the band's performance at the Kerrang! Wooargh Weekender (Caister, Great Yarmouth - October 13, 1984). Disc one contains the original album with no bonus tracks.

No. Title Length
1. "On the Road" (Live) 4:59
2. "Steal Your Face" (Live) 4:15
3. "Claw" (Alternative Version) 3:31
4. "Stay Clean" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 2:33
5. "Heart of Stone" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 2:56
6. "Nothing Up My Sleeve"   3:35
7. "Metropolis" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 3:35
8. "Killed by Death"   3:39
9. "Ace of Spades" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 5:34
10. "Steal Your Face"   4:33
11. "(We Are) The Road Crew" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 2:34
12. "Motorhead" (Lemmy) 2:45
13. "Bomber" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 3:45
14. "Overkill" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Phil Taylor) 5:28


  • Recorded at Master Rock Studios, London, UK
  • Produced and engineered by Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro


Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura did a cover version of the song "Orgasmatron", which was released on the B-Side of their 1991 single "Under Siege (Regnum Irae)" This song was also covered by the Norwegian black metal band Satyricon, the Mexican thrash metal band Transmetal, the Tuvan band Yat-Kha, with throat-singing frontsman Albert Kuvezin, the Swedish band Hellsongs and German black metal band Bluttaufe. Japanese noise musician Merzbow covered "Deaf Forever" for one of the discs on the Merzbox.


  1. ^ a b c d About Joe Petagno - interview section with Joe Petagno, bonus DVD with Inferno 30th Anniversary edition SPV69748.
  2. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Motörhead Orgasmatron review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Orgasmatron". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Howard (10 July 1986). "Motorhead 'Orgasmatron'". Kerrang! 124. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 12. 
  6. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard review". issue 18. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  7. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 85. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 

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