Stand by Your Man (EP)

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Stand by Your Man
EP by Lemmy/Wendy O. Williams
Released 1982
Recorded Eastern Sound, Toronto
May, 1982
Genre Punk rock, heavy metal
Length 8:37
Label Bronze
Producer Lemmy
Rod Swenson
Dan Hartman
Lemmy/Wendy O. Williams chronology
Iron Fist
(1982)
Stand by Your Man (EP)
(1982)
What's Words Worth?
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Stand by Your Man is a 7" EP by Lemmy of the British band Motörhead and Wendy O. Williams of the American punk rock band Plasmatics, recorded and released in 1982.

History[edit]

Following the success of the Motörhead/Girlschool collaboration, St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP, Lemmy kept getting asked to do another collaboration. Having seen pictures of O. Williams and knowing of her reputation, alongside Lemmy's like of "making records with birds", the band flew to Toronto for a recording session with her group, the Plasmatics.[2] Lemmy explained about the session:

Eddie was supposed to produce the tracks for us, and unfortunately he had Will Reid Dick — whom I generally refer to as Evil Red Dick — in tow again. The session was problematic to say the least. Wendy took a long time to get in tune, and it wound Eddie up. She tried her parts a few times and sounded terrible, I will say that. You'd think she was never going to get it, but I knew she would if I just worked with her. In addition to this, Eddie wasn't playing guitar — he was only working as producer. We were using Wendy's guitarist from the Plasmatics, with me and Phil on bass and drums. Eddie wasn't acting terribly thrilled with the whole scenario and finally he said he was going out to eat, but we found him in the other room, sulking with Evil Red.[2]

Lemmy believes that if Will Reid Dick had not been there, they could have worked through the problems, but ended up exchanging a few words and Clarke left the studio. Back at the hotel, Taylor went ahead of Lemmy and told him "Eddie's left the band". Clarke was replaced a week later by Thin Lizzy man, Brian Robertson.[2]

Tammy Wynette's country standard "Stand by Your Man" is given a surprising and brutal rendition in this collaboration and like St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the B-side has both bands taking turns in covering each other's songs: The Plasmatics, therefore, wreak havoc on "No Class" while Motörhead hammer out a leering take of "Masterplan".[3]

Reviewers have commented that although Lemmy has always said that the late Wendy O. Williams was a wonderful person, this doesn’t alter the fact that this is a truly horrible track.[4] In 1985, Williams was nominated for a Grammy in the "Female Rock Vocal" category.

All three songs were added to the CD re-issues of Motörhead's No Remorse album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer(s) Length
1. "Stand by Your Man"   Tammy Wynette, Billy Sherrill Lemmy Kilmister & Wendy O. Williams 3:06
2. "No Class"   Kilmister, Eddie Clarke, Phil Taylor The Plasmatics 2:32
3. "Masterplan"   Rod Swenson, Richie Stotts Motörhead 2:55

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c White Line Fever Lemmy and Janiss Garza pub. Simon & Schuster 2002 pp. 160-162. ISBN 0-684-85868-1
  3. ^ allmusic.com "review of Stand by Your Man". Eduardo Rivadavia, Allmusic review. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  4. ^ starfarer.net "review of Born to Lose - Live to Win". Music from the Hawkwind family tree - Part 2. Retrieved 2007-02-07.