I have a confession to make. I was never a fan of Motorhead and although I liked a few songs from their catalog, you would never catch me rocking a Motorhead Tee let alone purchasing a whole album.
So sometime after lead singer and Bassist Lemmy Kilmister’s death courtesy of the big “C”, when going through my hard drive, I stumbled across an old video documentary I “found” well over a year ago.
And after watching the 2008 Documentary, I now realize how much of an impact Mr. Kilmister’s band have had within the Heavy Metal scene as well as the music industry in general.
Some of you may think of Lemmy as this gruff trash talking misanthropic Rock star with an attitude, but on the contrary, he comes off very humble and down to earth sometime during the first 15 or so minutes, Lemmy walks into a record store on search of a rare Beatles CD boxset.
Unfortunately, the store no longer carried the item however one of the store’s sales person who is an avid fan of Lemmy was more than happy to give him her Box. (As on the boxset. Get your mind outta the gutter! ) Lem purchases the item and gives a very gracious thank you toward the fan.
A good portion of the doc’s footage was filmed in Lemmy’s modest apartment that is cluttered with various knick knacks and memorabilia. Alongside the Motorhead items, there was a Hellraiser Cenobite Plush doll, Swords, War patches, knives and oh, Nazi paraphernalia?!? Of course, the interviewer wouldn’t let this documentary close without having Kilmister address the inquires and criticism of his Nazi collection. And here’s his response;
“I have six Black Girlfriends-It’s ridiculous to think that I would be a Nazi, I’m as far from being a Nazi.If the Israeli Army had the best uniforms, I would collect them too but they don’t”.
Here some other interesting facts I have learned about Lemmy just by watching his documentary:
- A pack rat: His modest apartment is cluttered with all kinds of shit from magazines, collectibles and empty Ruffles Potato chip bags!
- He credits Little Richard for having the greatest voice in rock n roll.
- A huge Beatles fan
- Can make his own fries from scratch.
(Carving Potatoes into lengthy slices for frying.)
- Watches Family Guy religiously and reads comics like Frank Miller’s Sin City.
- A hardcore gamer who is often seen playing either the XBox or some arcade game.
- Jack Daniels and Coke is all he practically drinks!
There’s a great segment with Lemmy recounts his past association with an obscure British rock band called Hawkwind and the experimentation of Drugs often occurred which led to him getting kicked out of the band, the same way Dave Mustaine got ousted from Metallica. However, Lemmy claims how he got even with his former bandmates by screwing their Girlfriends. Now that’s hardcore!
I noticed how uncomfortable his son Paul looked a bit when ”dear ol Daddy Kilmister” brought up the fact how they used to swap Girlfriends. There’s gotta be some crazy stories there! Lol
The guest commentators were the Who’s who of Rock have either a interesting personal experience with Lemmy or just paying accolades to the legendary Motorhead frontman:
Dave Vanian & Captain Sensible (The Damned )
Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
Pepper Kennan of Corrosion of Conformity
Simply put, Lemmy is a tour-de-force, honoring one of the greatest contributors and perhaps founder of thrash metal. Without Motorhead, there would less likely be a Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax or Slayer.
This documentary is a must for not only Metalheads, but Rock enthusiasts as well.
Rest in Power, Mr. Kilmister! I’m gonna kick back, have a Jack n Coke and play some MH tunes.
Lemmy is now available via Netflix.
Stalks favorite Motorhead tunes:
- You better run
- Shut you down
- I aint no nice guy
- Ace of Spades (Duh!)