Bomber (song)

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Bomber (song).jpg
Single by Motörhead
from the album Bomber
B-side"Over the Top"
Released1 December 1979
Recorded7 July – 31 August 1979
Roundhouse Studios
Olympic Studios
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
Songwriter(s)Eddie Clarke
Ian Kilmister
Phil Taylor
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
Motörhead singles chronology
"No Class"
"Ace of Spades"

"Bomber" is a song by the English heavy metal band Motörhead, recorded and released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). It is the title track to their album Bomber and was released as a single peaking at 34 on the UK singles chart.

The single was released in the UK by Bronze Records as a 7" vinyl single with the first 20,000 copies pressed in blue vinyl and thereafter in black. The band promoted its release with an appearance on the BBC TV show Top of the Pops on 3 December.[1]

The track was inspired after Lemmy had read Len Deighton's novel Bomber. It became the inspiration for a forty-foot aluminium tube lighting rig used for their shows, a replica of a Heinkel He 111 bomber.[2]

On 13 April 2019, Motörhead will re-release the original single of Bomber for the first time since 1979, along with the single edit of Overkill on picture disc as a celebration of the albums 40th anniversaries on Record Store Day. [3]

Other versions[edit]

The song became a staple of the band's live set, with live versions being released on the albums No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Everything Louder than Everyone Else, Live At Brixton Academy, Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith, The Wörld Is Ours - Vol. 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else and Clean Your Clock; and on the video releases The Birthday Party, 25 & Alive Boneshaker and The Best of Motörhead.

"Over The Top"[edit]

The B-side of the single was the non-album track "Over the Top", which has subsequently been included as a bonus track on the re-mastered Bomber album.

The song was also performed as a joint collaboration between Motörhead and The Damned for inclusion on the proposed "Ballroom Blitz" single, but the recording session ended in drunkenness and the results were deemed unsuitable for release.[4] The recording was, however, finally issued in 2003 on the Stone Deaf Forever! boxset. The Damned included the track on their compilation CD "Tales From The Damned" (released 1993, Cleopatra Records - CLEO71392), performed as "MotörDamned" with the following personnel: Rat Scabies, Lemmy, Fast Eddie, Captain Sensible, Philthy Animal Taylor, Dave Vanian, Algy Ward.

Live versions of this song have been released as the B-side to the 1981 single "Motorhead", on the 2005 video Stage Fright and on the 2007 album Better Motörhead than Dead: Live at Hammersmith.

Single track listing[edit]

  1. "Bomber" (Ian Kilmister, Eddie Clarke, Phil Taylor) - 3:45
  2. "Over the Top" (Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor) - 3:12


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  2. ^ Kilmister, Ian Fraser and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  3. ^ "MOTÖRHEAD TO RELEASE 'OVERKILL'/ 'BOMBER' SPECIAL DOUBLE 7" SINGLE". Metaltalk. Metaltalk. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ [1]