The Golden Years (EP)

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The Golden Years
Motörhead - The Golden Years live EP.jpg
EP by
Released8 May 1980[1]
Recorded7 February-20 April 1980
GenreHeavy metal
Motörhead chronology
On Parole
The Golden Years
Ace of Spades
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

The Golden Years is the first live recording by the band Motörhead, released 8 May 1980, on Bronze Records. It reached number #8 on the UK charts at the time.


There was a distinct lack of radio play for the single; the radio stations claiming the vocals were too low in the mix – so after remixing the tapes a 7" single (new catalogue number of BRO92DJ) was issued to radio stations with just "Leaving Here" on the A-side and "Stone Dead Forever" on the B-side. It was recorded on their 1980 European tour, the same tour as the 1981 live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith track "Iron Horse / Born to Lose", which is also unknown as to which venue any of these tracks were recorded. Despite the lack of radio exposure, on 1 May 1980 the band had managed to secure an appearance on the BBC TV's weekly chart show, Top of the Pops, to promote its upcoming release. Vocalist and bassist, Lemmy, recalls in his autobiography, White Line Fever, that:

"..the songs were pretty badly recorded, but the record got in the charts.."[1]


The original standard release of this EP was in 7" and 12" vinyl (Bronze Records), some lapses in quality control allowed through a number of copies of the 7" that play Kate Bush on the A-side. The German and Dutch releases were 7" 'juke box' press out centre singles and titled "Lochem POP '80" as an advertisement for their forthcoming appearance at Lochem Festival, Netherlands, on 15 May 1980.[1]

"Leaving Here" was included on the September 1984 compilation album No Remorse, the last studio album released with Bronze Records after their contract had expired with the label; over a year after their previous studio album Another Perfect Day was released in March 1983.[3]

It was part of the Limited Edition 10,000 Boxed Set compilation by Castle Records – Born to Lose, Live to Win: The Bronze Singles 1978-1983 – released in 1999 which included 10 CD's covering the singles released by Bronze over the years Motörhead were signed to them.[4]

This EP is currently available as bonus tracks on their 1979 album, Bomber, reissued in 1996 by Castle Communications, and in 2005 by Sanctuary Records as part of their remastered deluxe edition 2CD reissues.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic states The Golden Years:

"..captures all the raucous energy and devastating power of the band's classic Lemmy, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil Taylor lineup at the peak of its power.."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."Leaving Here"Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland1977 ~ Leaving Here / White Line Fever (Single)3:02
2."Stone Dead Forever" 1979 ~ Bomber5:20
3."Dead Men Tell No Tales" 1979 ~ Bomber2:54
4."Too Late, Too Late" 1979 ~ Overkill (Single)3:21



  1. ^ a b c Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead, Alan Burridge, Collector's Guide Publishing, ISBN 0-9695736-2-6, 1995, p30
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ a b Bomber, Motörhead, Sanctuary Records, SMEDD220, 2005 Liner Notes, page 10 & 11
  4. ^ Born to Lose, Live to Win: The Bronze Singles 1978-1983 (RAW BOX 140). UK: Castle Music Ltd. 1999. pp. rear cover.
  5. ^ "The Golden Years [EP] – Motörhead". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-04-24.