You’ll have to pardon me if this blog goes all Motorhead, all the time for the next few days. They were not the band that introduced me to hard rock -that was AC/DC- or hardcore -that was the Dead Kennedys- or even speed metal -that was Metallica.
But good fucking lord. Motorhead and Lemmy have been constants in my musical life since I was 16 or so. He was and remains a giant of rock-n-roll, in the same vein as Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, or Chuck Berry (all of who Lemmy names as early influences). This is, in some ways, worse than losing one of those legends, as Lemmy and Motorhead continued to create original music, long after Richard, Jerry, and Chuck began relying on their hits (and I’d dare say making better music than a lot of other metal bands out there).
Anyway, this is one of my favorite Motorhead songs. Safe travels, Lemmy. Born to lose, lived to win. Something all of us need to take to heart.