"Motorhead" is a song written by Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister that was first recorded by his band Hawkwind in 1975 and released as the B-side of their single Kings of Speed. Two years later it was recorded and released by Lemmy's new band Motörhead as a 7" vinyl single in June 1977, initially issued with the 'Map of Chiswick' label, later it was switched to the 'Big Beat' label and pressed in other formats. The reverse cover is taken up almost entirely with the song's lyrics, printed in a lowercase form of blackletter. Most of the original singles have the words "a porky prime cut" inscribed on the run-out groove, indicating that the record was mastered by George Peckham. A variety of supporting messages also appear.[clarification needed]
Chiswick also released a special 12" vinyl edition which was limited to 12,500 copies, it has the same sleeve, tracks and catalogue number - Chiswick S13.
On April 28, 1979 Lemmy was interviewed by John Tobler on BBC Radio 1's 'Rock on Saturday' show, "Motorhead", "Leaving Here" and "Limb from Limb" were played.
Various vinyl editions of the single "Motörhead"
In September 1979 Chiswick released a 7" vinyl picture disc in two pressings, black & white, and blue & white as well as single colour pressings in black, blue, pink, orange and white vinyl - catalogued Big Beat NSP13 and NS13 respectively.