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The Essential Motörhead Playlist (By Dez Fafara)

DevilDriver and Coal Chamber mainman Dez takes us through his choice Motörhead cuts.

The First Motörhead Song I Heard Was…

Orgasmatron [from Orgasmatron, 1986]

“I was in LA in the mid ‘80s, I think. I was listening to some tunes with a friend of mine. He had this tape which I thought was all hardcore and punk rock songs, but it had Orgasmatron on it. I was like ‘Who is /this/? That was my official turn-on to Motörhead . If you listen to punk and hardcore, and all of a sudden /that/ comes on… holy shit, you know? Then my friend showed me a picture of them, and they all had long hair and I thought ‘Yeah, that’s my band!’”

The Best Motörhead Album To Have Sex To…

Aftershock [UDR, 2013]

“Oh man, listen to Death Machine from Aftershock. There’s something about the tempo to that song that really lends itself to some properly gnarly sex, when you’re pouring champagne into each other’s mouths as you’re fucking each other, you know what I mean? Ha ha ha! The same goes for Orgasmatron. Just put those songs on repeat and go get some! Ha ha ha!”

The Motörhead Song I Break The Speed Limit To Is…

Ridin’ With The Driver [from Orgasmatron, 1986]

“There are so many, man. What about Ridin’ With The Driver? ‘Metal scream and thrash/red steel in the driving wheel/Hear the pistons clash…’ Forget it, man. That definitely makes me want to drive quick. ”

The Most Underrated Motörhead Album Is…

Bad Magic [UDR, 2015]

“If you turn someone on to this record now, they’ll have no idea if that’s something from the 80s, the 90s or whenever. It’s just Motörhead. He never swayed, he never moved from that sound. He stayed true to who he was. To make such a pissed off but poignant record at 69 years of age, it gives everybody hope as an artist. It should show you the path: stay in touch with yourself and be honest. That’s such a fucking aggressive record, man. That’s my shit right there!”

The Motörhead Album With The Best Artwork Is…

Overkill [Bronze, 1979]

“They have so many great covers. That logo is so iconic, so Overkill is a great example. The same goes for the Orgasmatron cover, with that train with the sparks and the tusks and the chains hanging from them. Ace Of Spades has an amazing cover too. They’re all dressed like cowboys. Just look at that picture, man. It’s intense. They look like three bounty hunters to me. If you’re into westerns and cowboys and gunfights and living in California… I’m into all of that!”

The Motörhead Album I Wish I’d Made Is…

Ace Of Spades [Bronze, 1980]

“I really wish I’d made Ace Of Spades. The song Ace Of Spades is amazing, of course, but the song (We Are) The Road Crew too. Everything from the songs to the cover is just incredible. The whole record is amazing. I guess everyone would pick this one, but it’s obvious. It’s a classic.”


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