Snake Bite Love

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Snake Bite Love
Studio album by Motörhead
Released 10 March 1998
Recorded The Valley
Genre Heavy Metal,[1] Hard rock
Length 44:53
Label CMC, Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
Producer Howard Benson and Motörhead
Motörhead chronology
Overnight Sensation
Snake Bite Love
Everything Louder than Everyone Else
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [2]

Snake Bite Love is the fourteenth album by the British band Motörhead. It was released on 10 March 1998 and was distributed by BMG. The album features the three-piece line-up of Lemmy, Mikkey Dee and Phil "Wizzö" Campbell.


Lemmy recalls that the making of Snake Bite Love was quite normal for the band:[3]

Six weeks before we recorded it, we didn't even have one song. But when it came time, we put it together very quickly. Unfortunately, I was sick for some of the rehearsals, and when you leave two guys together who aren't singers, you end up with some weird arrangements.[3]

He points particularly to "Desperate for You" and "Night Side" in this respect and explains how the title track started as a completely different song — Dee recorded the drums tracks against a totally different set of chords, then it went back to Sweden where Campbell stated he was sick of the song and didn't like it, Lemmy agreed and Campbell came up with a new riff and changed the whole thing. Lemmy admits that the album is a prime example of him writing the words at the last minute, and adds "you know, lazy son of a bitch one more time, right?".[3]

Campbell is jokingly credited in the album's liner notes as an unpronouncable glyph ("The Artist Frequently Seen at the Liquor Store"), mocking Prince.

Reviewers have noted the album shows the less heavier side of Motörhead as there are "one or two too many slower tracks, but it's still heavy for the most part" and having a mixture of musical ideas, ranging from the true metal of "Dogs of War" and "Assassin" to rock and roll influenced songs like the "Snake Bite Love" "Don't Lie to Me".[4] Another view is the album is not as cutting and consistent as the previous effort but sees "Love for Sale" as a "grooving and flowing romp", "Joy of Labour" having "plenty of nasty slow riffs", and "Night Side" as a traditional fast track which will please 'old school' fans.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee except where noted.
No. Title Length
1. "Love for Sale"   4:52
2. "Dogs of War"   3:38
3. "Snake Bite Love"   3:30
4. "Assassin"   4:48
5. "Take the Blame"   4:03
6. "Dead and Gone"   4:18
7. "Night Side"   3:37
8. "Don't Lie to Me" (Lemmy) 3:59
9. "Joy of Labour"   4:52
10. "Desperate for You"   3:27
11. "Better Off Dead"   3:42
Total length:


  • Joe Petagno – sleeve artwork
  • Recorded in The Valley
  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Co-produced by Motörhead
  • Recorded and mixed (at Jake's Place) by Mark Dearnley
  • Assistant engineered by Chris Morrison and Greg D'Angelo
  • Mastered at Futuredisc by Kris Solem


  1. ^
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ a b c Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster p. 282. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. ^ "Review of Snake Bite Love". Kicked In The Face article. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Motörhead--Snake Bite Love (1998/CMC)". Metal Reviews. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 

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