Nö Sleep at All

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Nö Sleep at All
Motörhead - No Sleep at All.jpg
Live album by
Released15 October 1988
Recorded2 July 1988
VenueGiants of Rock Festival, Hämeenlinna, Finland
GenreHeavy metal
Length51:37 (Original) (1988)
53:43 (Reissue) (2001)
LabelGWR (Original 1988)
Castle (CD 1989-2000)
Essential (2001 Reissue)
ProducerMotörhead, Guy Bidmead
Motörhead chronology
Rock 'N' Roll
Nö Sleep at All
The bonus Greek single
Acropolis (Metropolis) special Greek only release by EMI as a bonus for the first 1000 copies
Acropolis (Metropolis) special Greek only release by EMI as a bonus for the first 1000 copies
Singles from Nö Sleep at All
  1. "Ace of Spades (live)"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[3]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[4]

Nö Sleep at All is the third live album by the band Motörhead, released 15 October 1988, on the GWR label, their only live album and last release with the label as legal matters continued between the parties.


Motörhead and their record label GWR disagreed over the choice of a single from the album; the band wanted to release "Traitor," which had appeared on their most recent LP Rock 'N' Roll, while the label argued for the Motörhead classic "Ace of Spades". This led to a lawsuit and a parting of the ways. In the book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, author Joel McIver sums up the band's perilous situation:

..For much of 1988 and 1989, the road continued to be Motörhead's home, simply because they had no other option. Although headbangers continued to flock to their shows and the band played with as much venom as ever, it was clear in retrospect that the record industry and Motörhead were never likely to see eye to eye. The last few years had been plagued with logistical difficulties, with the last remaining refuge the tour bus..

Guitarist Würzel is quoted in the insert of the re-mastered CD release, saying;

..A lot of fans were saying that they want to hear this line-up on a live album. EVERYBODY seems to record at the Hammersmith Odeon don't they? Or the Fillmore East when that was going, or the Budokan and all those flash places. So we thought we'd do it in Finland..

To promote the album, the band engaged in a tour of North America, opening for Slayer.[5] Lemmy admits that the album was a mistake and failed sales-wise, but considers it to be "all right" and believes it was the mix that let them down,[5] explaining:

"..We had Guy Bidmead mix it because we wanted to give him another try, mainly because he had been Vic Maile's boy and Vic was a great live mixer. After that, I think we finally figured out that Guy just wasn't Vic Maile. Don't get me wrong, though.....after all I've said about Guy, it was only 'cause he was taking orders from us. He was too nice! Vic knew when to tell us to shut the fuck up!.."[5]


EMI Greece pressed a 7" vinyl called "Live in Athens", featuring "Acropolis (Metropolis)" on the A-side and "Orgasmatron" on the B-side; it was shrinkwrapped to the first 1,000 copies of the album. The songs had been taped for the Greek Antenna Metal Show, for which Lemmy retitled "Metropolis" to suit the occasion.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Taylor except where noted.

CD track list
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Doctor Rock"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Pete Gill1986 ~ Orgasmatron3:17
2."Traitor" 1987 ~ Rock 'N' Roll2:40
3."Dogs" 1987 ~ Rock 'N' Roll3:24
4."Ace of Spades"Kilmister, Eddie Clarke, Taylor1980 ~ Ace of Spades2:51
5."Eat the Rich" 1987 ~ Rock 'N' Roll4:34
6."Built for Speed"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill1986 ~ Orgasmatron4:56
7."Deaf Forever"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill1986 ~ Orgasmatron4:02
8."Just 'Cos You Got the Power" 1987 ~ Eat the Rich7:28
9."Killed by Death"Kilmister, Burston, Campbell, Gill1984 ~ No Remorse5:58
10."Overkill"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill6:33
Castle Communications 1996 reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
11."Stay Clean"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill2:37
12."Metropolis"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill3:18
Live at Athens (Greek Single)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Acropolis" ("Metropolis")Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1979 ~ Overkill 
2."Orgasmatron"Kilmister, Campbell, Burston, Gill1979 ~ Orgasmatron 

NOTE: "Metropolis" was recorded on 23 December in 1987 at the Brixton Academy which was later released on Live at Brixton '87





  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Motörhead - No Sleep at All review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumers Guide: Motörhead - No Sleep at All". Robert Christgau.com. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  4. ^ Watts, Chris (1 October 1988). "Motörhead - 'No Sleep at All'". Kerrang!. No. 207.
  5. ^ a b c Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) – Simon & Schuster p. 211. ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  6. ^ Burridge, Alan; Mick Stevenson (July 1993). "Motörhead". Record Collector. No. 167. p. 72.

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