Motörhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister (1945–2015), professionally known by his stage name Lemmy, who had remained the sole constant member. The band are often considered a precursor to, or one of the earliest members of, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Despite this, Lemmy had always dubbed their music as simply "rock and roll".

To its end, Motörhead had released twenty-three studio albums, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums and five EPs. Usually a power trio, they had particular success in the early 1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as a top-tier rock band. As of 2012, Motörhead have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Motörhead are typically classified as Rock N Roll by Lemmy and band members, and their fusion of punk rock into the genre helped to pioneer speed metal and thrash metal. Their lyrics typically covered such topics as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance abuse, and, most famously, gambling. The name "Motörhead" is a reference to users of the drug amphetamine. The band's distinctive fanged-face logo, with its oversized boar's tusks, chains, and spikes, was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums. The fanged face has been referred to variously as "War-Pig" and "Snaggletooth". The band is ranked number 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

When Lemmy Kilmister died in December 2015, Mickey Dee declared that Motörhead (officially) is disbanded. No more tours or albums will be made. Only the brand will survive for the future.

Last line-up:
Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (vocals, bass 1975-2015)
Phil "Zoomster" Campbell (guitar, 1984-2015)
Mickey Dee (drums, 1992-2015)

Past members:
Matt Sorum (touring drummer, 2009)
Tommy Aldrigde (In studio recording most of the 'March Or Die' album, 1992)
Michael "Wurzel" Burston (guitar, 1984-95)
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (drums, 1975-84 / 1987-92)
Pete Gill (drums, 1984-87)
Brian Robertson (guitar, 1982-83)
"Fast" Eddie Clarke (guitar, 1976-82)
Larry Wallis (guitar, 1975-76)
Lucas Fox (drums, 1975)


WIK 2 Motörhead - Motörhead album art Motörhead Motörhead (Album, Comp) Chiswick Records WIK 2 UK 1977 Sell This Version
BRON 523 Motörhead - Bomber album art Motörhead Bomber (Album, Comp) Bronze BRON 523 UK 1979 Sell This Version
TCR 1004 Motörhead - On Parole album art Motörhead On Parole (Album) United Artists Records TCR 1004 UK 1979 Sell This Version
894 032 Motörhead - Overkill album art Motörhead Overkill (Album, Comp) Bronze 894 032 France 1979 Sell This Version
C 37501 Motörhead - Ace Of Spades album art Motörhead Ace Of Spades (Album, Comp) Bronze C 37501 UK 1980 Sell This Version
BRO 2046 Motörhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith album art Motörhead No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (Album, Comp) Bronze BRO 2046 France 1981 Sell This Version
TC-539, TC 539 Motörhead - Iron Fist album art Motörhead Iron Fist (Album, Comp) Bronze TC-539, TC 539 Scandinavia 1982 Sell This Version
NED 2 Motörhead - What's Words Worth? (Recorded Live 1978) album art Motörhead What's Words Worth? (Recorded Live 1978) (Album) Big Beat Records NED 2 UK 1983 Sell This Version
205 487, 205 487-320 Motörhead - Another Perfect Day album art Motörhead Another Perfect Day (Album) Bronze, Bronze 205 487, 205 487-320 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
none Motörhead - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Krokus / Motörhead Krokus / Motörhead - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network, D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1983 Sell This Version
GWLP 1 Motörhead - Orgasmatron album art Motörhead Orgasmatron (Album, Comp) GWR Records GWLP 1 UK 1986 Sell This Version
30 GWR 20687 Motörhead - Rock 'N' Roll album art Motörhead Rock 'N' Roll (Album, Comp) GWR Records 30 GWR 20687 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
RR 62004 Motörhead - Nö Sleep At All album art Motörhead Nö Sleep At All (Album, Comp, Single) GWR Records RR 62004 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
RRCD 120 Motörhead - Blitzkrieg On Birmingham '77 album art Motörhead Blitzkrieg On Birmingham '77 (Album, Comp) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 120 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RRLP 123 Motörhead - Dirty Love album art Motorhead* Dirty Love (Album, Comp) Receiver Records Limited RRLP 123 UK 1989 Sell This Version
RR 9376 4 Motörhead - The Birthday Party album art Motörhead The Birthday Party (Album) GWR Records RR 9376 4 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
RRCD 130 Motörhead - Lock Up Your Daughters album art Motorhead* Lock Up Your Daughters (Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 130 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
STR PD 008 Motörhead - Live 1983 album art Motörhead Live 1983 (Album) Streetlink STR PD 008 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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920956-1 Motörhead - Bastards album art Motörhead Bastards (Album) ZYX Music 920956-1 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
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May 18, 2021
I started listening to Motorhead when "Rock´n`Roll" came out. Lemmy and Motorhead have always been a part of my life since then. It hurts that they are gone. Sometimes I think that Lemmy knew when it was the right time to leave - a lot of crazy stuff is happening since he left...


November 6, 2020
Long live the music of Lemmy and Motorhead, and long live rock n' roll!


February 27, 2020
I agree with every comment left here...LIVE YOUR OWN DAMN LIFE!!!


December 31, 2019
Just finished Mick Wall's biography of Lemmy. Found myself with tears running down my face during the last few pages that described Lemmy's last few he kept going, touring despite the fact that he was dying. Almost seems to me that everything but playing live was superfluous to him. I listened to Motorhead for almost forty years, and in that time my view of Lemmy went from seeing him as this horribly ugly, lycanthropically howlling near person to viewing him as a deeply flawed, oddly moral entity, that somehow, may actually have understood the concept of how to be a human being just a little better than most of us ever will. One of my biggest regrets is that I never actually saw Motorhead live, so all I can do now is wish a belated R.I.P. to Lemmy, Philthy, Fast Eddie, Wurzel and anybody who I missed. In a strange way, you guys helped me grow up. I only hope that I can refuse to grow old until the very end...just like Lemmy.


October 5, 2018
Motorhead changed my life forever at the age of 15, saw them live on the Bomber tour then lost count of how many time since. Have two of Lemmys plectrums, one from Nottingham Rock City the other from Manchester Apollo. 54 years young now and listen to motorhead everday!!! If you don't like Motorhead you have no soul!!!!


April 22, 2018
ain't a goddamn band in the world who can do half what they did. long fuckin' live, motörhead.

p.s. lemmy, if you're out there, and you're reading this: my baby cousin loves your stuff. he's three. thought you'd like to know that.


January 12, 2018
can you hear the thunder?
rumblin' from the sky? THE band, man ... is THE band
re-united now and forever
can you hear the growl, growin' from the earth? THE band, man ... is THE band
re-united now and forever



August 17, 2017
RIP Lemmy. You will always be a huge inspiration for me and all metalheads who will discover you in the future. See you on the other side brother.

Born to lose, but lived to win.


March 7, 2017
Motörhead For Life! R.I.P. Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, 24/12/45♠️28/12/15. The music of Motörhead will never die♠️💀


December 24, 2016
Motorhead for Life!!! Don't forget the joker... Lemmy rules...

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