The Ace of Spades

The Ace of Spades

Looking back, we can all probably remember the first time you heard the driving bass twang of Ace of Spades. And, certainly you can recall the first time you gazed upon the grisly, mutton chopped face that only a mother could love, of the Moorhead front man and bassist Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy’s face plastered the walls of record shops. One thing metal
heads and punk rockers alike can all agree on, Kilmister’s gravely vocals and overdriven classic Rickenbacker bass hit a chord with the music industry and perhaps even defined what being rock n’ roll is all about.

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister got his start in music as a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He began playing guitar in the space rock band Hawkwind in the early seventies, until he decided to do it his way and in 1977 Motorhead was born. With the birth of the bastardly band, music had yet to see the likes of a truly villainous blitzing speed band of outlaws such as Motorhead. Even more than singing about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, Kilmister and company lived what they preached. Once asked by a fan of his legendary party lifestyle, “Do you get hangovers?” Lemmy simply replied, “To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.” Not only was his music the staple for loud, loose, and fast, his Iconic look was revered as what it is to be rock. Head to toe in black denim and leather. Lemmy was a character all in his own , with his signature Calvary hats, boots, and mutton chops. Kilmister appeared as himself in many cult favorite films, such as the narrator of “Tromeo and Juliet” and other Troma Films. Also starring in the metal band driven “Airheads”, to Ron Jeremy’s 1994 porno “John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut.”.......

Amber Mannon
Mannon Pictures

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