Never mind the Pistols, Here's our Lemmy.

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Unless you are Amish, you will already be familiar with Motörhead classics like Ace of SpadesKilled By Death, OverkillOrgasmatron and We Are The Road Crew (Lemmy was a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience). While everyone from Metallica to Sepultura have covered Motörhead, the band themselves have done their fair share of covers, most recently The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil. Lemmy owns Metallica's Enter Sandman with his growling, gravel-pit vocal. In my view, one of those rare occasions that the cover eclipses the original:

Then there is this almost comic rendition of God Save The Queen. Motörhead playing atop an open top London bus and a cameo by HRH herself is priceless. We don't need a monarch or a god when we have Lemmy doin' Lydon:

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister died on the 28th of December 2015.

At Lemmy's funeral, Dave Grohl recalled the first time they met, 20 years ago at a Las Vegas strip club: 

"I looked to my left and I saw Lemmy by himself in the corner on a video game. And it blew my mind. I knew that I couldn’t just go say something because he was on his own in the corner. On the way out I thought, I have to say something. He’s my hero. He’s the one true rock’n’roller that bridged my love of AC/DC and Sabbath and Zeppelin with my love of GBH and the Ramones and Black Flag."

"Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good."

Lemmy

 

William Crampton