Bastards (Motörhead album)

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Studio album by Motörhead
Released 29 November 1993
Recorded 1993 at A&M Studios and Prime Time Studios
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 47:50 (Original) (1993)
48:50 (Reissue) (2001)
Label ZYX Music (1993)
Steamhammer (2001)
Producer Howard Benson
Motörhead chronology
The '92 Tour EP
Singles from Bastards
  1. "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Born to Raise Hell"
    Released: November 1994

Bastards is the eleventh album by the British band Motörhead, released in 1993 on ZYX Records, and it is their first studio album they recorded with the short-lived Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel and Mikkey Dee lineup. It was also the first of four Motörhead albums that were produced by Howard Benson.


After unsuccessfully commercialising the success of 1916 with its 1992 follow-up March ör Die, the band returned to their roots: being loud and fast. Bastards is cited by the band as one of their best works. In the documentary The Guts and the Glory, guitarist Phil Campbell enthuses, "We worked so fucking hard on that. The songs were there, the commitment was there, the playing was there, production was there, everything was there...I'm so proud of that album. Nothing wrong with that album at all. Some great songs." In his autobiography White Line Fever, vocalist/bassist Lemmy Kilmister calls it "one of the best albums we ever did" but laments that the band's record label, the German-based ZYX, did not promote it outside of Germany. "It's just so disappointing," Lemmy writes, "when you pull out all the stops for an album and you're really thrilled with it and nobody else cares, especially not your record company." The lyrical themes range from social criticism ("On Your Feet or on Your Knees"), war ("Death or Glory", "I am the Sword") to child abuse ("Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me") and total mayhem ("Burner"). Lemmy also states in his memoir that he offered "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me" to both Joan Jett and Lita Ford "'cause I thought a girl should sing it but no one ever took it up." "Born to Raise Hell" was later recorded with Ice-T and Whitfield Crane and released as a single (including a version on picture disc). This version of the song was featured in the movie Airheads.[1]

Sleeve artwork[edit]

Joe Petagno, longtime Motörhead sleeve artist, revealed in a rare interview on the Inferno 30th Anniversary edition bonus DVD that the album was originally to be titled Devils. He had already drawn up a cover to reflect this title when it was changed.[2] As well as alluding to the original name of the album, Joe Petagno also had this insight into the concept of the album cover:

Bastards was a design I did in reply to March ör Die. That fucking horrible sleeve. It pissed me off. It was the worst thing I'd ever seen in my life. So I thought, okay, they want something like that, I'll do it properly. [I] sent it to the Motörheadbangers fan club, Alan Burridge, and he liked it so much that he put it on the cover of the fan magazine. When Lemmy saw it, he wanted it, so Devils became Bastards.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Bastards reached #28 in Germany and also charted in Sweden and Japan. AllMusic: "Gloriously distorted thrashers such as 'On Your Feet or on Your Knees' and 'Death or Glory' set the pace, and 'Born to Raise Hell' is undoubtedly one of the band's greatest latter-day classics."

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "On Your Feet or on Your Knees"   2:34
2. "Burner"   2:52
3. "Death or Glory"   4:50
4. "I Am the Sword"   4:28
5. "Born to Raise Hell" (Lemmy) 4:58
6. "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me"   4:05
7. "Bad Woman"   3:16
8. "Liar"   4:12
9. "Lost in the Ozone"   3:27
10. "I'm Your Man"   3:28
11. "We Bring the Shake"   3:48
12. "Devils"   6:00
Total length:
2001 Steamhammer Reissue
No. Title Length
13. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 3:20



  • Howard Benson – keyboards
  • Joe Petagno - sleeve artwork
  • Recorded in 1993 at A & M Studios and Prime Time Studios, Hollywood, California, USA
  • Produced, mixed, and digitally edited by Howard Benson
  • Engineered and mixed by Ryan Dorn
  • Mixed at Aire L.A., Glendale, California
  • Assistant engineered by John Aguto, Randy Wine, Darrin Mann, John Gaudesi, Gregg Barrett, and Devin Foutz
  • Mastered at Future Disk by Eddy Schreyer


  1. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  2. ^ a b About Joe Petagno - interview section with Joe Petagno, bonus DVD with Inferno 30th Anniversary edition SPV69748.
  3. ^ Allmusic Review

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