Visions: Motörhead – God Save The Queen

So today’s the day of our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s also my second wedding anniversary!
Enough about my personal life though. Here’s some things you need to know about Motörhead’s cover of one of the Sex Pistols’ biggest hits.
1. I’d wager it’s better than the Pistols’ original. It certainly rocks more.
2. They bothered to make a video for it. And it’s quality, as they perform on a flotilla around ol’ London town.
3. Lemmy. Without a beard! But still the coolest frontman you’ve ever seen.
4. Yep, definitely better than the original.
But that’s my opinion. You can weigh in with your two pennies below. Once you’ve watched the video, that is. It’ll only take around three minutes of your time and it’s more fun that the day’s celebrations, that’s for sure.
Peter Clegg

A Halloween Grimoire – Motörhead – Hellraiser

OK, it’s not the most grisly, or gruesome, or horrific video we could have chosen for this little featurette – but so what? Motörhead? Hellraiser? Lemmy playing poker against Pinhead? That’s fucking rock ‘n’ roll. And as Hellraiser is one of the greatest horror franchises of all time, it’s more than worthy of a place in We Must Obey’s Halloween Grimoire.

Originally this kick ass song was written in collaboration between Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde for Ozzy’s ‘No More Tears‘ album in 1991, but Motörhead recorded their version for their album ‘March or Die‘, and it appeared on the soundtrack of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Fair enough, it doesn’t beat their true classic material, and it has a distinct major label feel about it (they were on Epic Records at the time) that just doesn’t quite feel like Motörhead. But then again, Lemmy playing poker against Pinhead!

Peter Clegg