Lemmy Kilmister, Bassist and Frontman for Motörhead

Live at Glastonbury 2015

It was only about a month ago when I published a post about Phil Taylor, a one-time drummer for Motörhead. Now, I’m sad to add a post about the band’s seemingly indestructible leader, Lemmy Kilmister.

“Live Fast Die Old” Documentary

Kilmister, with his trademark mutton chops, giant moles and badass black-leather clothing, was a living logo for the group, if not for the entire heavy metal genre. But behind the theatrics and backstage antics lies the music. Put a needle on a track and what survives is his bass, voice and relentless drive.

“I Ain’t No Nice Guy” (Unplugged)

Earning the dubious distinction of “Loudest Band on Earth” in a Spin article (beating The Who by 10 decibels), Motörhead grinded it out for 40 years. Before that, Kilmister (December 24, 1945-December 28, 2015) was a member of the space-rock band Hawkwind, a decidedly different band from Motörhead). And before that, he was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix.