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 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 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.[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 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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