Overnight Sensation

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Overnight Sensation
Studio album by Motörhead
Released 15 October 1996
Recorded 1996
Ocean Studio
Track House Recording Studio
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 41:19
Label CMC, Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
Producer Howard Benson
Duane Baron
Motörhead chronology
Overnight Sensation
Snake Bite Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Overnight Sensation, released in 1996, is the thirteenth studio album by the British band Motörhead.


Following the departure of Würzel (Michael Burston) in 1995, the band returned to the same three-man "classic Motörhead line up": bass guitar/vocals, lead guitar, and drums. This album was also the first since Ace of Spades (1980) to have a picture of the band on the cover. Despite being only a three-piece band, the band had a heavier style on this work than on its previous album, Sacrifice (1995).[2]

Lemmy recalls that, amidst the touring, the record took about four weeks to write new songs and four weeks to record in the studio.[3] Lemmy talked about the return to being a three piece:

...it went the same as a four-piece except one guy wasn't there! Or the same as the Everly Brothers plus one. It was a bit more fraught, but that was just because Phil, being the only guitarist, felt that there was a lot riding on his shoulders (which there was). So he was under added pressure, but he proved himself well. Overnight Sensation is a great album for him. Mikkey was his usual perfect self - he always finishes his drums tracks well ahead of schedule. This time around he did them in one day.[3]

Overnight Sensation was the band's first official record for CMC — Sacrifice (1995) was already partly in the States on import but the label proved itself with Overnight Sensation and it became the best-distributed record the band had for some time.[3]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Civil War" (Campbell, Dee, Lemmy, Max Ax) 3:01
2. "Crazy Like a Fox"   4:32
3. "I Don't Believe a Word"   6:31
4. "Eat the Gun"   2:13
5. "Overnight Sensation"   4:10
6. "Love Can't Buy You Money"   3:06
7. "Broken"   4:34
8. "Them Not Me"   2:47
9. "Murder Show"   3:03
10. "Shake the World"   3:29
11. "Listen to Your Heart" (Lemmy) 3:45
Total length:


  • Recorded at Ocean Studio and Track House Recording Studio
  • Produced by Howard Benson and Duane Baron
  • Co-produced by Ryan Dorn and Motörhead
  • Mixed by Ryan Dorn and Duane Baron
  • Assistant engineered by James Ornelas, Evan Levy, and Duane Baron
  • Mixed at The Gallery
  • Mastered at Digiprep by Dan Hersch
  • Cover photo by Annamaria DiSanto


  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ "Motörhead--Overnight Sensation (1996/CMC)". Metal Reviews. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b c Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 276—277 ISBN 0-684-85868-1.

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