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Motörhead (/ˈmtərhɛd/) were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band is 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.

Motörhead released 23 studio albums, 10 live recordings, 12 compilation albums, and five EPs over a career spanning 40 years. 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. The band are ranked number 26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. As of 2016, they have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

Motörhead are typically classified as heavy metal, 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.

Although Lemmy has been credited with being part of various musical scenes, thrash metal or speed metal in the main, from the mid 1970s onward, he has stated very clearly over the years, when asked the question, that he plays Rock n Roll. He (Lemmy) has said that they had more of an affiliation with Punk Rockers than with the so-called Heavy Metal scene; Motörhead having evolved out of the London mid-1970s Punk era.

Lemmy died on 28 December 2015 after being initially diagnosed with an undisclosed aggressive form of cancer, which was later revealed as prostate cancer, and heart failure, after which drummer Mikkey Dee and guitarist Phil Campbell both confirmed that Motörhead would not continue as a band.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 Motörhead 3 9
1979 Overkill 4 20
1979 Bomber 3 18
1979 On Parole 3 6
1980 Ace of Spades 4 19
1982 Iron Fist 3 14
1983 Another Perfect Day 4 11
1986 Orgasmatron 5 16
1987 Rock ’n’ Roll 4 15
1991 1916 4.65 6
1992 March ör Die 4 3
1993 Bastards 5 8
1995 Sacrifice 4 4
1996 Overnight Sensation 4 3
1998 Snake Bite Love 4 3
2000 We Are Motörhead 4 3
2002 Hammered 3 4
2004 Inferno 5 6
2006 Kiss of Death 4 7
2008 Motörizer 3.35 5
2010 The Wörld Is Yours 3 5
2013 Aftershock 4 7
2015 Bad Magic 4 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Beer Drinkers 1
1985 Born to Lose 1
1985 City Kids 1
1986 Anthology, Volume 1 2
1987 The Collection 1
1988 No Remorse 5
1989 Dirty Love 3
1990 From the Vaults 1
1990 Welcome to the Bear Trap 4
1991 Meltdown 3
1991 Grind Ya Down 3
1991 Headbangers 1
1991 Orgasmatron / Rock 'n' Roll 1
1991 The Best of Motörhead (14-tracks) 3
1992 Ace of Spades (compilation) 1
1992 The Best Of 1
1993 The Best of Motörhead (20-tracks) 2
1993 The Best of Motörhead: All the Aces 5 3
1994 Aces High 1
1995 The Best of Motörhead, Volume 2 1
1995 Fistful of Aces: The Best of Motorhead 1
1995 The Rock History: The Best of Motörhead 1
1996 Fast, Loose & Live! 1
1997 Stone Dead Forever 1
1997 Protect the Innocent 1
1997 Archive 1
1998 The Singles Collection: The Bronze Years 1978–1984 1
1998 The Best of Motörhead: Deaf Forever 4
1999 Golden Years: The Alternate Versions 1
1999 Ace of Spades (compilation of studio and live tracks) 4 1
1999 Born to Lose, Live to Win: The Bronze Singles 1978-1983 1
2000 The Best of 4
2000 Over the Top: The Rarities 1
2000 Motörhead 1
2001 Bite the Bullet 1
2001 No Class! 1
2002 The Bronze Age: 1979–1982 1
2002 The Very Best Of 4 1
2002 Tear Ya Down: The Rarities 2
2002 Aces 1
2002 Best 20 1
2003 Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years 1
2003 The Complete Best of Motörhead 1
2003 Stone Deaf Forever! 2
2005 Essential Noize: The Very Best Of 2
2007 Collections 1
2007 The Essential 1
2010 Icon 2
2010 Aces Up My Sleeve 1
2010 You'll Get Yours 1
2012 Classic Album Selection 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1981 No Sleep ’til Hammersmith 5 14
1983 1983-06-10: Another Perfect Day in Manchester: Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK 2
1983 What's Words Worth? 3
1988 No Sleep at All 9
1989 Blitzkreig on Birmingham '77 3
1990 Lock Up Your Daughters 1
1990 The Birthday Party 2
1991 Live 1983 2
1992 Jailbait 2
1994 Live at Brixton '87 2
1995 Live & Loud! 1
1997 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Motörhead 1
1999 Everything Louder Than Everyone Else 3
1999 Live, Loud and Lewd 1
2001 25 & Alive: Boneshaker 2
2001 I Got Mine 1
2002 Extended Versions 1
2002 Keep Us on the Road: Live '77 1
2003 Live at Brixton Academy 1
2005 Stage Fright 1
2005 BBC Live & In-Session 2
2006 Live 1
2007 Better Motörhead Than Dead: Live at Hammersmith 2
2010 The Wörld Is Ours, Volume 2: Anyplace Crazy as Anywhere Else 2
2011 The Wörld Is Ours, Volume 1: Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else 2
2016 Clean Your Clock 1

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