What's Words Worth?

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What's Words Worth?
Motörhead - Whats Words Worth (1983).jpg
Live album by
Released5 March 1983
Recorded18 February 1978 [1]
VenueThe Roundhouse, London, England [1]
GenreRock and roll, heavy metal
LabelBig Beat Records (1983)
Ace Records (2002) [1]
ProducerDuncan Cowell [1]
Motörhead chronology
Stand by Your Man (EP)
What's Words Worth?
Another Perfect Day

What's Words Worth? is the second live album by the band Motörhead, recorded on the 18 February 1978, but not released until 5 March 1983 on Big Beat Records, some five years later. It is a collection of songs they played in the mid-late 70s; pretty much none of this material has been part of their live set since the early-mid 80s.


Wilko Johnson organised a charity event on 18 February, 1978, at The Roundhouse in London, to raise money for the preservation of William Wordsworth manuscripts. Motörhead & Chiswick Records labelmates The Count Bishops, plus Wilko Johnson, were on the bill, but for contractual reasons Motörhead needed to perform under the name Iron Fist and the Hordes from Hell, part of which would later be used for the name of a studio album, Iron Fist. During this performance Mick Farren joined them on-stage for a rendition of "Lost Johnny", which wasn't, and hasn't, been released to date. [2] The Rolling Stones Mobile recording studio had been hired to record the 'Bishops live for an upcoming LP, and Motörhead manager at the time Tony Secunda asked if they could record his band also. Following issues with Secunda shortly after this gig, the band changed managers back to Doug Smith, though Secunda had been given a copy of the concert after the show. Secunda left England and returned to the USA not long after this, but the master tape had been kept by Chiswick. As money was always an issue with the band in these days, Smith remembered the tapes and a deal was done to release the recordings (partly) in 1983. As Ted Carroll states in the liner notes:

"..this may not be the greatest live album ever recorded: it is not even the greatest live Motörhead album ever....the album stands as a testament to a band that had the balls to keep on keeping on..".

Lemmy is heard at the end of the concert to say "read plenty of Wordsworth" and as a result the album got its title because of this. [1]


Chiswick Records boss Ted Carroll organised the Rolling Stones mobile truck to record the event, and later released the album through his Big Beat Records label in 1983 (NED 2).[3] Since then it has been re-released with other titles and/or other sleeves, among others as "The Watcher" in Canada, "City Kids," "Live, Loud and Lewd" and "Iron Fist and the Hordes from Hell."[4] In 2017, this concert was re-released on 3-LP box set of Motörhead's debut album, specially for Record Store Day.

Track listing[edit]


Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
1."The Watcher"Kilmister1977 ~ Motörhead4:01
2."Iron Horse / Born to Lose"Taylor, Derek Brown, Guy Lawrence1977 ~ Motörhead4:55
3."On Parole"Larry Wallis1980 ~ Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers5:12
4."White Line Fever"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor1977 ~ Motörhead2:33
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original ReleaseLength
5."Keep Us on the Road"Kilmister, Clarke, Taylor, Mick Farren1977 ~ Motörhead5:25
6."Leaving Here"Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland1977 ~ Leaving Here / White Line Fever3:12
7."I'm Your Witchdoctor"John Mayall1980 ~ Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers3:08
8."Train Kept A-Rollin'"Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann1977 ~ Motörhead2:43
9."City Kids"Wallis, Duncan Sanderson1977 ~ Motörhead (Single)3:43






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "What's Words Worth", Motörhead, Ace Records, CDWIKM 209, 2002 Liner Notes, rear cover
  2. ^ Funtopia - Motörheadbangers interview with Mick Farren. Alan Burridge
  3. ^ Ace Records
  4. ^ motorheadoverkill.se - Motörhead discografie

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