Your guide to the new Motorhead classic vinyl reissues
All the essential information you'll need ahead of a Motorhead listening binge
They are Motorhead and they play rock 'n' roll... and they have done since the release of their 1977 eponymous debut album. Now, some 38 years later, the masters of speed have reissued NINE of their classic albums on shiny new vinyl for a new generation of headbangers. They come with download codes too, obviously, as this isn't the dark ages. But what's in store for you?
Release Date: 24th March, 1979
Runtime: 35:15 (equivalent to 12.5 Ace Of Spades')
Artwork: How do you expand upon the Snaggletooth from the self-titled LP? Well it turns out the answer is to colourise it and blow it up. The dramatic explosion from the cranium is just a fraction of the damage your head is in for when Overkill is cranked up full.
Did You Know?: Overkill is the first Motörhead release on Bronze Records – also home of The Damned and Girlschool.
Standout Tracks: Overkill, No Class, Metropolis
Release Date: 27th October, 1979
Runtime: 36:48 (equivalent to 13 Ace Of Spades')
Artwork: Less than a year after the exploding Snaggletooth, he's now emblazoned on the side of an aerial bomber with Motörhead as pilots – god help us. But what would you expect from an album called Bomber? A kid jumping in a pool?
Did You Know?: The title track is inspired by the Len Deighton novel of the same name, which is a fictional account of a WW2 bombing raid of the Ruhr that goes drastically wrong.
Standout Tracks: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Sharpshooter, Bomber
Title: Ace Of Spades
Release Date: 8th November, 1980
Runtime: 36:42 (equivalent to 13 Ace Of Spades')
Artwork: The signature mascot of the 'Head has been replaced by the equally nasty mugs of the band... as cowboys. Of course no expense was spared in the Wild West shoot, as they took a trip to a sandpit in Barnet for the cover.
Did You Know?: **The first time the title track was played on British TV was the infamous University episode of The Young Ones, which sees Motörhead soundtrack the gang's trip to University Challenge.
**Standout Tracks: Ace Of Spades, Shoot You In The Back, The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Title: No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith
Release Date: 27th June, 1981
Runtime: 40:31 (equivalent to 14.3 Ace Of Spades')
Artwork: No surprises here for Motörhead's live album, it's a shot from the sound desk as Motörhead's Bomber aircraft hangs ominously overhead. Pretty fucking metal.
Did You Know?: The album wasn't actually recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, it was across two shows in Leeds and Newcastle. In fact, the tour didn't even come to London.
Standout Tracks: Capricorn, The Hammer, Motorhead