Overnight Sensation

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Overnight Sensation
Motörhead - Overnight Sensation (1996).jpg
Studio album by
Released15 October 1996[1]
StudioOcean Studio and Track House Recording Studio[1]
GenreHeavy metal
LabelSPV GmbH
ProducerHoward Benson
Duane Baron
Motörhead chronology
Overnight Sensation
Protect the Innocent
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [2]
Rock Hard8.0/10[3]

Overnight Sensation is the 13th studio album by the band Motörhead released 15 October 1996, their second on the Steamhammer label.


The album was Motörhead's third album with producer Howard Benson. Following the departure of Würzel (Michael Burston) in 1995, the band returned to the same three-man "classic Motörhead line up"; bass guitar/vocals, lead guitar, and drums. In a rare outside songwriter credit, Swedish Erotica guitarist Magnus Axx contributed to writing the song "Civil War". This album was also the first since Ace of Spades (1980) to have a picture of the band on the cover. Despite being only a three-piece band, the band had a heavier style on this work than on its previous album, Sacrifice.[4] Vocalist and bassist Lemmy Kilmister recalls that, amidst the touring, the record took about four weeks to write new songs and four weeks to record in the studio.[5] Lemmy talked about the return to being a three piece:

"..it went the same as a four-piece except one guy wasn't there! Or the same as the Everly Brothers plus one. It was a bit more fraught, but that was just because Phil, being the only guitarist, felt that there was a lot riding on his shoulders (which there was). So he was under added pressure, but he proved himself well. Overnight Sensation is a great album for him. Mikkey was his usual perfect self – he always finishes his drums tracks well ahead of schedule. This time around he did them in one day.." [5]


In Joel McIver's 2011 book Overkill: The Untold Story of Motörhead, drummer Mikkey Dee is quoted saying that the songwriting was affected by guitarist Würzel's departure:

"..Würzel, I used to say, was more Motörhead than me, Phil and Lemmy put together. He was a true Motörheader, you know. He wrote super-hard songs and riffs, and I miss that sometimes. Because me and Phil, we might sometimes write a little too ... not soft, but maybe too musically correct songs, where Würzel was very simple, straight, very hard riffs. Nothing complicated with him whatsoever.."

The album is notable for featuring a picture of Lemmy without his trademark mutton chops. He regrew them in 2001 and would retain them until his death.

When Lemmy appraised the album in the 2004 Motörhead documentary The Guts and the Glory, Lemmy stated:

"That was a great album, I liked Overnight a lot. I was very pleased with that."


Overnight Sensation was the band's first official record for CMC. Sacrifice (1995) was already partly in the States on import, but the label proved itself with Overnight Sensation and it became the best-distributed record the band had for some time.[5] It charted in Germany, Sweden and Finland. AllMusic calls the LP:

"..the band's most eclectic in years, its tracks range from pedal to the metal stompers like 'Civil War' and 'Eat the Gun' to mid-paced groovers like 'Listen to Your Heart' (featuring acoustic guitars – shock!) and the classy 'I Don't Believe a Word.' Always a great lyricist, vocalist/bassist Lemmy takes it up a notch with the highly ironic title track and what is quite possibly the band's greatest song of the decade.."

Lee Marlow of Classic Rock stated in 2013 that Overnight Sensation was:

"..immediate proof that the latest three-man Motörhead line-up was more than a match for all previous incarnations.."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kilmister, Campbell, Dee[1] except where noted.

1."Civil War"Kilmister, Dee, Campbell, Ax3:01
2."Crazy Like a Fox" 4:32
3."I Don’t Believe a Word" 6:31
4."Eat the Gun" 2:13
5."Overnight Sensation" 4:10
6."Love Can’t Buy You Money" 3:06
7."Broken" 4:34
8."Them Not Me" 2:47
9."Murder Show" 3:03
10."Shake the World" 3:29
11."Listen to Your Heart"Kilmister3:45
Total length:41:19


Per the Overnight Sensation liner notes.[1]


  • Howard Benson – producer
  • Duane Baron – producer, Mixing
  • Ryan Dorn – producer, mixing
  • James Ornelas – assistant engineer
  • Evan Levy – assistant engineer
  • Dwayne Baron – assistant engineer
  • Dan Hersch – mastering
  • Motörhead – executive producers
  • Diane Medak – production coordinator
  • Annamaria DiSanto – album cover
  • Shannon Crawford – album cover


  1. ^ a b c d e f Overnight Sensation, Motörhead, SPV GMBH/Steamhammer, SPV 085-18302, 1996 Liner Notes, page 8, 9, 10 & rear
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Jaedike, Jan (1996). "Review Album: Motörhead – Overnight Sensation". Rock Hard (in German). No. 114. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Motörhead—Overnight Sensation (1996/CMC)". Metal Reviews. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 276—277 ISBN 0-684-85868-1.

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