Hammered (Motörhead album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||9 April 2002|
|Studio||Henson Studios and Chuck Reed's House|
53:33 (BT Version)
Hammered is the 16th studio album by the band Motörhead, released 9 April 2002, on Steamhammer, their sixth with the label and beating the Bronze Records era total of original full-length album releases. It was also the beginning of distribution in North America, and other territories, under Sanctuary Records and their subsidiary Metal-Is.
Hammered was released on Metal-Is, a rock label owned by the then-new Sanctuary Records. The album was recorded in the Hollywood Hills at Chuck Reid's house with Thom Pannunzio producing. By this time, Motörhead had recorded several albums as a three-piece, with drummer Mikkey Dee, guitarist Phil Campbell, and original vocalist/bassist, Lemmy. In Joel McIver's memoir Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, Dee is quoted as saying the album — which is noted for its darker subject matter and reflective tone — was influenced by the 9/11 attacks:
"..We Are Motörhead, the album before, was extremely hard and fast, it was an extremely aggressive album, and this one's not so aggressive...Me and Phil, we flew into LA on September 10 and we wrote these songs over a month of fuckin' fear over there, you know, it was a bad vibe. So maybe that had something to do with the mood of this album. I was thinking about it afterwards. This album's actually really moody, you know? And the same goes for Lemmy, the way he wrote the melodies.."
In the Motörhead documentary The Guts and the Glory, Lemmy states:
"..Hammered...I'm kind of ambivalent, it's up and down. There's some good tracks on it and there's some crap on it.."
The album is perhaps best remembered for The Game, written by WWE music composer Jim Johnston as the entrance theme for wrestler Triple H. At two WrestleMania events, WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania 21, Motörhead would perform this song live as Triple H made his entrance to the ring. Triple H also contributed co-vocals on the spoken word track "Serial Killer".
Joe Petagno, long time sleeve artist, had this insight into the concept of the album artwork:
"..it was originally going to be used for the 27-year-old anniversary design, we took the 27 out and experimented. The first idea Lemmy had was to put two crossed hammers in at the bottom, but it looked too Russian. Then we opted for an ace in the end. It was supposed to be the gold braid you'd have on your military cap or shoulder. It's very pretty. The most difficult part was the lettering, the highlights and shadowing.." 
AllMusic review states:
"..in Hammered's 'Walk a Crooked Mile', Motörhead has written at least one more classic to add to the band's large number of hits, which could easily fill a double CD. Epic in length and with a cool bassline courtesy of Motörhead[s] main dude Lemmy Kilmister, 'Walk a Crooked Mile' has a bit of a punk edge to it, like a lot of Motörhead's tunes, but it also closes with a stylish '80s-style metal guitar solo.."
Lee Marlow of Classic Rock wrote in November 2013 that:
"..'Red Raw' deftly renewed that ageless, relentless, high-speed battery via a dash of brutish post-thrash modernity and lyrics that drip with moonlit murder and madness.."
|1.||"Walk a Crooked Mile"||5:53|
|2.||"Down the Line"||4:23|
|3.||"Brave New World"||4:03|
|4.||"Voices from the War"||4:28|
|5.||"Mine All Mine"||4:12|
|6.||"Shut Your Mouth"||4:08|
|7.||"Kill the World"||3:39|
|Bonus tracks |
|12.||"The Game"||Jim Johnston||3:30|
|13.||"Overnight Sensation" (Recorded live somewhere in Europe, 2000)||4:16|
|Limited Edition bonus disk|
|1.||"Shoot You in the Back" (Live at Wacken Open Air 2001)||Kilmister, Eddie Clarke, Phil Taylor||2:52|
|2.||"R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (Live at Wacken Open Air 2001)||Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Taylor||1:35|
- Also includes a 16-minute mpeg on "25 & Alive Boneshaker", a preview of the (then) upcoming live album DVD of their 25th birthday concert in 2000, at the Brixton Academy, London.
Adapted from the Hammered liner notes.
- Lemmy – lead vocals, bass
- Phil Campbell – lead guitar
- Mikkey Dee – drums
- Dizzy Reed – piano on "Mine all Mine"
- Triple H – Co-Vocals on "Serial Killer"
- Thom Panunzio – producer ("Serial Killer), engineer, mixing
- Chuck Reed – producer, mixing ("Serial Killer), engineer
- Ian Kilmister – producer ("Serial Killer)
- Bob Kulik – producer, mixing ("The Game")
- Bruce Buillet – producer ("The Game")
- Motörhead – producers ("The Game"), album cover design
- Bob Koszela – engineer
- Jim Danis – assistant engineers
- Jeff Rothschild – assistant engineer
- Bob Vosgien – mastering
- Bruce Buillet – mixing ("The Game")
- Motörhead – executive producers
- Joe Petagno – album cover design, Snaggletooth
- Stefan Chirazi – concept
- Mark Ambrose/Zen Jam – design
- Gene Kirkland – photography