We Are Motörhead

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We Are Motörhead
Studio album by Motörhead
Released 16 May 2000
Recorded June 1999 to August 1999
Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany and December 1999 to March 2000 at American Recorders, Calabasas, CA
Genre Heavy metal, Hard rock, Speed metal
Length 38:20
Label CMC, Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
Producer Motörhead
Bob Kulick
Bruce Bouillet
Duane Baron
Motörhead chronology
Everything Louder than Everyone Else
(1999)
We Are Motörhead
(2000)
Deaf Forever: The Best of Motörhead
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars [2]

We Are Motörhead is the fifteenth album by the band Motörhead. It was released in 2000.

Background[edit]

In the Motorhead documentary The Guts and the Glory vocalist and bassist Lemmy Kilmister declares, "I think We Are Motorhead was a much better album than it got credit for." The album is perhaps most memorable for containing a cover of the punk band The Sex Pistols' song "God Save the Queen", for which the band recorded a promo video atop an open-top London bus. Although he insists that the Damned were "the true punk band, not the Sex Pistols," he was friendly with Sid Vicious and tried to teach him how to play the bass, recalling in his autobiography White Line Fever:

I actually gave Sid some bass lessons - he came up to me and said, "Hey, Lemmy, teach me how to play the bass," and I said, "All right, Sid." But three days later I had to tell him, "Sid, you can't play bass." He said, "Yeah, I know," and he was all depressed and went of...Even though he couldn't play bass worth a damn, Sid was a nice enough geezer...So I like the Pistols, though as I said, I thought they were really a rock 'n' roll band."

At the time of We Are Motorhead's release, the band was in competition with itself as the compilations Deaf Forever and The Best of Motorhead also came out, something the band had no control over.

Sleeve artwork[edit]

Joe Petagno, the sleeve artist, commented on the influences behind the cover concept:

It's one of my favourite pieces. At that time, there was a lot of death metal and black metal going on. I was working with a lot of those people anyway. They were all totally Motörhead dedicated, and grew up with Motörhead. I said, "Listen, instead of letting these guys sort of get to you, why don't we just pay homage to the death thing? That's cool enough. You guys were the first to do it anyway." In the original sketch, the head was turned three-quarter view, but Lemmy said we'd never used the head since "Deaf Forever" from the side. So why don't we just give it a full profile?[3]

Reception[edit]

AllMusic: We Are Motörhead maintains the generally high standard of the band's second decade, and while there aren't many speed-freak theatrics...the grimy attitude that's always driven their best work is fully intact. Pared back down to a trio, Kilmister and company deliver a tight, blistering set that's both well-executed and typical of Motörhead's long since established sound.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee and Lemmy, except where noted.
No. Title Length
1. "See Me Burning"   2:59
2. "Slow Dance"   4:29
3. "Stay Out of Jail"   3:02
4. "God Save the Queen" (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon, Glen Matlock) 3:19
5. "Out to Lunch"   3:26
6. "Wake the Dead"   5:14
7. "One More Fucking Time"   6:46
8. "Stagefright/Crash & Burn"   3:02
9. "(Wearing Your) Heart on Your Sleeve"   3:42
10. "We Are Motörhead"   2:21
Total length:
38:20

Credits[edit]

  • Original tracks recorded at Karo Studios, Brackel, Germany by Charlie Bauerfeind, June 1999-August 1999.
  • Overdubs recorded at American Recorders, Calabasas, CA, December 1999-March 2000.
  • Produced by Motörhead, Bob Kulick, Bruce Bouillet and Duane Baron.
  • Engineered by Bill Cooper
  • Cover artwork – Joe Petagno
  • Cover concept – Joe Petagno and Lemmy
  • Photography – Glen La Ferman, Stephanie Cabral, Annamaria DiSanto, G$

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Sputnikmusic Review
  3. ^ About Joe Petagno - interview section with Joe Petagno, bonus DVD with Inferno 30th Anniversary edition SPV69748.

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