No Remorse (Motörhead album)

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No Remorse
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Compilation album by Motörhead
Released 15 September 1984
Recorded 1977 to 1984
Genre Heavy metal
Length 86:37 (Original) (1984)
103:34 (Reissue) (2005)
Label Bronze (1984)
Sanctuary (2005)
Producer Vic Maile
Motörhead chronology
Another Perfect Day
No Remorse
Singles from No Remorse
  1. "Killed by Death"
    Released: 1 September 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]

No Remorse is a 1984 compilation album by the British band Motörhead, covering their years under contract with Bronze Records and with four newly recorded tracks (plus two more added first as B-sides, and later to the CD remasters). This is the last album the band made for Bronze Records, and the first to feature the new line-up of Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Würzel, and Pete Gill.


After touring in support of their 1983 LP Another Perfect Day, drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor left Motörhead. It had been Taylor who had suggested the band hire Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson to complete the Another Perfect Day tour after "Fast" Eddie Clarke had abruptly quit, and eventually Taylor decided to form the band Operator with Robertson. In the Motörhead documentary The Guts and the Glory Taylor explains, "I had a good talk to myself and thought, 'Well, maybe it's about time I moved on', you know; 'Cause I enjoyed playing with Robbo so much, maybe I'll get a band together with him, or something like that. I didn't really have a plan". In his memoir White Line Fever, Lemmy reflects on Taylor's departure:

I hadn't been seeing much of Phil but I had been getting the impression that he wasn't really that keen any more. Although we didn't discuss his reasons for leaving the band, I think part of it was because he wanted to become a serious musician, or whatever it is people think heavy metal isn't which, if you ask me, is total bullshit...And our troubles with Brian Robertson aside, Philthy was one of the biggest Thin Lizzy fans in existence...There we were with auditions to do that day with two guitarists who had travelled from Cheltenham and Wales. Now I didn't have a drummer! But I have to admit, Phil was a gentleman about the whole thing...He did leave decently, unlike some of Motörhead's former members".

Taylor informed Lemmy he was leaving shortly after Lemmy had decided to hire two new guitarists, the first being Phil Campbell, whose band Persian Risk had played shows with Motörhead, and Michael Burston, who had gained a reputation playing in Wiltshire clubs and pubs and received the nickname "Würzel" after the children's TV character Worzel Gummridge. Campbell suggested the band hire ex-Saxon drummer Pete Gill. Lemmy recalls that their trouble with Bronze started after Eddie Clarke left; the company did not like Brian Robertson and did not have much faith in the new lineup and wanted to do a compilation of the band's old songs. Lemmy said that was an indication that they were "readying the death knell" of the band and insisted the band record new material for it.[3] The new lineup recorded six new songs at Britannia Row Studios, London: Snaggletooth, Steal Your Face, Locomotive, two versions of Under the Knife, and Killed by Death between 19–25 May 1984. Four of these songs concluded each side of the vinyl release.[4] Lemmy took charge of selecting the tracks for the album and wrote a commentary about each song.[3] Killed By Death became a mainstay in live performances since its release and, as with many Motörhead songs, the lyrics show Lemmy's skill at composing lines which are at the same time menacing and tongue-in-cheek. Phrases such as "If you squeeze my lizard, I'll put my snake on you, I'm a romantic adventure, And I'm a reptile too" recall the song Love me Like a Reptile from the earlier Ace of Spades album. The second verse also contains the line, "I'm a lone-wolf ligger". The band also made a video for the song which was banned by MTV.

Packaging and Promotion[edit]

In addition to the usual cardboard sleeve, the original LPs were also available in a leather effect sleeve which had silver on black artwork, completely reworked by Joe Petagno in much finer detail than the original with various differences (such as an iron cross). There was also a cassette version released in a leather pouch with wording mimicking the Government Health Warning often found on a cigarette packet, about the contents being potentially damaging to the health. The band promoted the album with their No Remorse – Death on the Road tour, conducted between 24 October – 7 November 1984. They also made a live appearance on 26 October on the ITV pop/rock music programme The Tube, playing Killed by Death, Steal Your Face and Overkill. However, the programme credits came up during Steal Your Face, which faded out as the broadcast concluded. Overkill would eventually be broadcast some 20 years later, during a retrospective Best of the Tube TV series.[4] There was also a television advert for the album, which featured a brief medley of several songs before Lemmy's voice was heard to declare, "No Remorse... go out and get it!".

Motörhead also released a song in 2002 called No Remorse, which appeared on their Hammered album.


AllMusic: "There have been dozens and dozens of Motörhead compilations released over the decades, but the first one remains definitive, even if it's not perfect...No Remorse is to Motörhead what We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll is to Black Sabbath – an age-old collection that every metalhead seemed to own at some point, the one that seemed to define the band for generations on end. No Remorse is one of those classic albums, no doubt".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Original release Length
1. "Ace of Spades"   Ace of Spades 2:48
2. "Motörhead (Live)" (Kilmister) Actually an edit from No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 3:37
3. "Jailbait"   Ace of Spades 3:33
4. "Stay Clean"   Overkill 2:42
5. "Too Late, Too Late"   B-side of "Overkill" 3:26
6. "Killed by Death" (Michael Burston, Phil Campbell, Pete Gill, Kilmister) New recording 4:42
Side two
No. Title ... Length
7. "Bomber"   Bomber 3:43
8. "Iron Fist"   Iron Fist 2:54
9. "Shine" (Kilmister, Brian Robertson, Taylor) Another Perfect Day 3:11
10. "Dancing on Your Grave" (Kilmister, Robertson, Taylor) Another Perfect Day 4:30
11. "Metropolis"   Overkill 3:37
12. "Snaggletooth" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 3:51
Side three
No. Title ... Length
13. "Overkill"   Overkill 3:12
14. "Please Don't Touch" (Johnny Kidd, Guy Robinson) St. Valentine's Day Massacre 2:49
15. "Stone Dead Forever"   Bomber 4:54
16. "Like a Nightmare"   B-side of "No Class" 4:28
17. "Emergency" (Denise Dufort, Kelly Johnson, Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams) St. Valentine's Day Massacre 3:00
18. "Steal Your Face" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 4:31
Side four
No. Title ... Length
19. "Louie, Louie" (Richard Berry) Actually an alternate version that was later released as a bonus track on CD version of Overkill 2:55
20. "No Class"   Overkill 2:41
21. "Iron Horse/Born to Lose (Live)" (Mick Brown, Guy Lawrence, Taylor) Actually an edit from No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith 3:48
22. "(We Are) The Road Crew"   Ace of Spades 3:12
23. "Leaving Here (Live)" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland) The Golden Years 3:05
24. "Locomotive" (Burston, Campbell, Gill, Kilmister) New recording 3:25

The original single CD issue (on Castle in the UK (CLACD 121), and Roadracer (RRD 9354) in the US) omitted "Louie Louie", "Leaving Here" and the double CD bonus tracks.


  • Lemmy – bass (All tracks), lead vocals (All tracks except 17), backing vocals (track 17)
  • Phil "Wizzö" Campbell – guitar (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Würzel – guitar (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Pete Gill – drums (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (bonus) and 14 (bonus))
  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke – guitar (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track)), lead vocals (track 17) producer (Tracks 8, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Brian "Robbo" Robertson – guitar (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 (credit only), 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Denise Dufort - drums (track 17 (uncredited))


  • Speedy Keen (Tracks 2 and 21)
  • Jimmy Miller (Tracks 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 15, 16, and 19)
  • Vic Maile (Tracks 1, 3 and 22)
  • Will Reid (8, 15 (Double CD bonus track), 16 (Double CD bonus track) and 17 (Double CD bonus track))
  • Tony Platt (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))


  • John Burns (Tracks 2 and 21)
  • Ashley Howe and Trevor Hallesy (Tracks 4, 5, 11, 13, 16 and 19)
  • Trevor Hallesy (Tracks 7 and 15)
  • Charles Harrowell (Track 8)
  • Tony Platt (Tracks 9 and 10)
  • Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro (Tracks 6, 12, 18, 24, 13 (Double CD bonus track) and 14 (Double CD bonus track))


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b Kilmister, Ian Fraser and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 178-179. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. ^ a b Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.

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