Tuesday 16 April 2019

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith

When talking about live albums this has to be right up there with the best of them, although it does not fully recreate the experience of seeing Motorhead at this time unless you have a huge soundsystem, bung it up to 10 and stick your head in the speakers, then you might come close. My first experience was pretty scary as I thought that the balcony in the Apollo was going to fall down and what I thought was dandruff from all the headbanging was actually plaster from the ceiling. What a magic night it was and I will be forever grateful to my late cousin Stuart for taking me.

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith was released in June 1981 and was the first Motorhead album to reach number 1 in the charts in the UK. This was an album that I waited for impatiently after experiencing the live Motorhead experience and I was not disappointed. This album for me captures the classic line-up at their peak. The album that followed, Iron Fist was a bit of a disappointment.

Motorhead -  Ace of Spades


Rigid Digit said...

Up there with Live At Leeds, Live and Dangerous, Made In Japan, Live After Death, Cheap Trick At Budokan, or any of the other many Live Albums vying for attention.
Recorded over 2 nights in Newcastle, and the tour never even got to Hammersmith so Lemmy didn't go any kip until the next tour finished

Walter said...

Fantastic Drew. I always was a fan of Lemmy and his blokes. Saw them live the first time in the 80's and was astonished by their power. In the last decade they used to play around Christmas time at our place and me and my mates tried to catch them any time it was possible. Heavy early Christmas time and always wonderful to see them live.

Brian said...

This song always takes me back to the first time I ever heard it... Motorhead's guest appearance on the Young Ones. Doesn't get any better than this song. Thanks for the smile.

Unknown said...

A perfect post.


The Swede said...

Peak Motorhead, playing a genre (and era) defining song.