10 Albums in 10 Days…
This Facebook chain has been circulating recently and I thought I’d add my selections to my blog as well.
The concept is simple. Post an album a day about your ten all-time favourite albums. Those records that really made an impact in your life and are still in heavy rotation today. No need to get into great detail if you don’t want to. Just post the album cover and nominate a person each day to do the same.
Up until now, my choices have been fairly easy, at least when it comes to bands that need to be in my Top 10 list (Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Ramones, Iron Maiden and The Rolling Stones). But now things become a little more wide open and selecting other favourite albums to complete this exercise is going to be increasingly more difficult.
Favourite Albums 06/10: Motörhead – Overkill (1979)
Despite my great love for music, I don’t usually mourn the deaths of artists, or other famous people for that matter. Sure, it’s sad that all of our heroes are getting older and passing away. When Lemmy died, it hit me pretty hard. Despite his hard-living lifestyle, everyone thought he was indestructible. He was also a smart, witty man, never afraid to voice his opinion about social and political issues. The thing is, he was most often right. His antagonism towards religion, governments and any established authority was clear and this has had influence in me over the years.
Most of Motörhead’s albums are part of my collection and I have seen the band in concert several times. ‘Consistent’ would be the best word to describe the band, especially from Overkill (1979) through to Iron Fist (1982). It’s easy to select Ace of Spades (1980) as their best but I’m going with Overkill for this list. It is the second recording released by the band and it laid the foundation for their classic sound. A mix of punk, thrash and heavy metal. (Motörhead’s self-titled album was released in 1977 but their very first recording, On Parole, was intended to be released in 1976. It only saw the light of day following the commercial success of Overkill and Bomber.)
Overkill kicks off (literally!) with the title track, a song that had become the band’s closer for years. From ‘Philthy’ Phil’s double bass drums and Lemmy’s bass guitar to ‘Fast’ Eddie’s guitar solos, this is what Motörhead is all about. Ferocious! “Stay Clean” is next. Just pay attention to the solo by Lemmy. No one plays the bass like him. Other stand-out tracks are “I’ll Be Your Sister”, “No Class”, “Tear Ya Down”, “Metropolis” and “Limb From Limb”. Make sure to check out the 2005 Deluxe Edition, which also contains “Louie, Louie”, “Too Late, Too Late” (B-side of “Overkill”), alternate takes as well as the BBC 1 concert from the Paris Theatre in London in 1979. Classic!
Peter R. You’re up! Go Bruins!