Rest in peace Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister
Yesterday, famous British bass guitar player, guitarist and singer Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister died in Los Angeles at the age of seventy. He died four days after his birthday, got diagnosed with cancer on Boxing Day and died peacefully only two days later. The musician who was involved in famous rock and metal bands Motörhead and Hawkwind started his career in different small beat, blues and rock bands around Stockport, Conwy, Manchester and London such as The Rainmakers, The Motown Sect, The Rockin' Vickers, Sam Gopal and Opal Butterfly in the sixties and seventies. He got famous for his work in Hawkwind and especially in Motörhead. He also wrote songs for other artists, for example Ozzy Osbourne and the Ramones. He collaborated with a wide range of artists such as German punk Icon Nina Hagen or German industrial rock band Emigrate. What made him famous were his stunning career that led him from a broken lower middle class family to a renowned international rock star, his honest attitude to pursue his dreams and play his music without any compromises despite important health issues, his unique down-to-earth approach to fans all around the world, his wild lifestyle including sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and his music that represented everything rock 'n' roll was, is and will be about. He became a celebrity despite or maybe exactly because he was an authentic, incorruptible and simple anti-hero many people could identify with. Lemmy became a living legend who was featured in numerous movies, series and video games. Until today, bands of almost any genre cover his songs or cite him as an important influence. Apart of parts of his music that I enjoy from time to time, I liked his friendly, grounded and smart attitude towards his fans, the fact that he pursued his dreams no matter what and that he was the living example that even a nobody can become a living legend with a lot of passion, perseverance and work. His self-destructive lifestyle may have been debatable but Lemmy lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed every bit of it and that's what really matters in the end. Tonight, I will blast some of his most famous songs in his honour. Rest in peace!
Here comes a short chronological selection of a few great songs from his bands and collaborations.
"Dandy" by The Rockin' Vickers (1966)
"Horse" by Sam Gopal (1969)
"Ground Control to Pilot / Ejection" by Robert Calvert (1974)
"Motorhead" by Hawkwind (1975)
"Ace of Spades" by Motörhead (1980)
"Iron Fist" by Motörhead (1982)
"Killed by Death" by Motörhead (1984)
"Born to Raise Hell" by Motörhead feat. Ice-T & Whitfield Crane (1993)
"R.A.M.O.N.E.S." by The Ramones (1997)
"Shake Your Blood" by Probot (2004)
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