So, here it is. The end of the road for the Eugeology Series/Project/Experiment, whichever you want to call it. I’ll offer a retrospective on all of it in the next week or so. Meanwhile, let’s do this one:
#50 – Another Perfect Day by Motörhead.
Back in entry #4, I predicted there would be a Motörhead album on the list. Well, Eugene kept me in suspense on it until the very last entry. This album is from 1983 and is the only one with former-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian “Robbo” Robertson. It seemed like it was going to be a great thing until they started recording. Robbo was a bit of a perfectionist. Lemmy didn’t like the amount of time he’d consume trying to get the right take on each track. Lemmy said everyone hated it, too. I don’t know about that.
I know nothing of Motörhead’s songs except “Ace of Spades” which I’m glad isn’t on here. Eug has been telling me about the “genius” that is Motörhead for the whole time I’ve known him and I never understood it. And I still don’t. Every song to me sounds like a big jumbled mess. Because Lemmy keeps so much distortion on his bass you can’t tell what he’s doing. It’s just fast, heavy and messy. Also, Lemmy has two notes he sings and both of them are screamed and seemingly stretched to his full vocal capacity.
I want to say that I like the guitar work of Brian Robertson, but the production is a bit muddy. So much so that even Phil Taylor’s drums are buried in the heap. Now, all that being said, I’m not saying its awful. To Motörhead fans, this is what they’re looking for. And, if I’m grading something on what its supposed to be, then I can’t fault the record. There are a few tunes that I like at least parts of. “Dancing on Your Grave” is pretty good. “I Got Mine” actually has Lemmy stepping outside of his two-note vox box. “Die You Bastard” isn’t too bad, either. I would say my favorite song on the album is “One Track Mind.” I like melodic and that’s about as close as Lemmy and Co. can get, I think.
I don’t really know what to say about this album other than, it’s just not my thing. Motörhead is just not my thing. I’ll probably be told that I don’t understand the spirit of it or the spirit of rock and roll or something. But, I’ll argue that no matter what it is to some, to me, it’s not a pleasure to listen to it. I don’t like it. But, I reiterate, it’s not bad. It’s just not something I want to hear. Perhaps if I was in a bad mood? Nah, probably not. But, Dear Reader, don’t take my word for it, listen to it yourself and you decide your thoughts on it. I do thank you, Eug, for attempting to enlighten me on Motörhead. I probably let you down on it, but I just can’t. Jon, still back at #19, perhaps by this time next year, you’ll have time to catch up?
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“One arm bandit, one-way ride. One arm bandit, one more try. One-way ticket, one horse town. One-way ticket, no way down. One track mind.” – “One Track Mind” (Kilmister/Taylor/Robertson)