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-> ''"We want to be the band that, [[WalkingWasteland if this band moved in next door to you, your lawn would die.]]"''
-->-- '''Lemmy Kilmister'''

SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll [[XMeetsY meets]] Music/HeavyMetal.

Mot[[{{HeavyMetalUmlaut}} ö]]rhead was found in the middle of TheSeventies by bassist/vocalist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, after being fired from Music/{{Hawkwind}} for, in Lemmy's words, "doing the wrong kind of drugs". Many members, with only Lemmy remaining, came and went. Along with Music/JudasPriest, they kickstarted the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal at the end of TheSeventies. Despite being called "the most punk band of the Heavy Metal scene", Lemmy prefers to call the music of his band by the simple name of "Rock And Roll".

The band is composed of:
* ''Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister'' - Vocals/Bass
* ''Phil Campbell'' - Guitars
* ''Mikkey Dee'' - Drums

Their past formations had the following members:
* ''Lucas Fox'' - Drums (1975)
* ''Larry Wallis'' - Guitars (1975-1976)
* ''Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor'' - Drums (1975-1984, 1987-1992) (classic lineup)
* ''"Fast" Eddie Clarke'' - Guitars (1976-1982) (classic lineup)
* ''Brian "Robbo" Robertson'' - Guitars (1982-1984)
* ''Pete "Frank" Gill'' - Drums (1984-1987)
* ''Mick "Würzel" Burston'' Guitars (1984-1995)
* ''Tommy Aldridge'' - Drums (1992)
* ''Matt Sorum'' - Drums (live, 2009)

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Discography:
* ''Motörhead'' - 1977
* ''Overkill'' - 1979
* ''Bomber'' - 1979
* ''On Parole'' - 1979[[note]]Actually recorded in 1975, but did not get released due to ExecutiveMeddling[[/note]]
* ''Ace of Spades'' - 1980
* ''Iron Fist'' - 1982
* ''Another Perfect Day'' - 1983
* ''Orgasmatron'' - 1986
* ''Rock 'n' Roll'' - 1987
* ''1916'' - 1991
* ''March ör Die'' - 1992
* ''Bastards'' - 1993
* ''Sacrifice'' - 1995
* ''Overnight Sensation'' - 1996
* ''Snake Bite Love'' - 1998
* ''We Are Motörhead'' - 2000
* ''Hammered'' - 2002
* ''Inferno'' - 2004
* ''Kiss of Death'' - 2006
* ''Motörizer'' - 2008
* ''The Wörld is Yours'' - 2010
* ''Aftershock'' - 2013

!!Some examples of tropes which fits with the band:

* TheAlcoholic: Lemmy has admitted he's an alcoholic, claiming to have consumed a bottle of Jack Daniel's on a daily basis since the late '70s, but doesn't care because it doesn't turn him into an asshole. He's also been known to say that he can't quit drinking because "My insides are in an alcohol solution, and without it they'll die."
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor
* AntiLoveSong: "Too Good To Be True" from ''March ör Die''.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Invoked in "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" where, during the break, Lemmy repeatedly sings "''Let me hear ya''".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lemmy Kilmister.
* AxeCrazy: "Red Raw" is about a murderus invidual prowling in the night, looking for someone to kill. One verse (''Monster in the gaslight, shivers in the cold, looking for [[DisposableSexWorker a bad girl]]'') gives an impression that the song is about JackTheRipper.
* {{Badass}}: Lemmy Kilmister, of course!
** BadassBookworm
*** ShownTheirWork
** BadassGrandpa
** BadassBoast: "Orgasmatron":
--> ''I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave''
--> ''I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave''
--> ''Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown''
--> ''For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down.''
*** Also "You Better Run" from March or Die album, as well as its title track.
** BadassMustache
** HeartbrokenBadass: In his autobiography ''White Line Fever'', Lemmy reveals that his first love was a young black girl he met when he was a teenager living in England. She was killed in a hate crime. To this day she remains the only woman he's ever loved.
* BawdySong: "The Claw", "Ridin' With the Driver".
* BedlamHouse: "Back at the Funny Farm" from ''Another Perfect Day''.
* BerserkButton. Don't tell Lemmy his band plays Heavy Metal. It's Rock 'n' Roll!
* BloodKnight: "March or Die"
* CatchPhrase: "We are Motörhead. We play Rock 'n' Roll!", which is what Lemmy says at the beginning of every show.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In the very early days of Motorhead (Lemmy estimates it was 1975), a groupie climbed on stage and give Lemmy a blowjob right there while he was in the middle of performing.
* CoolPlane: The cover of ''[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xil03gdTsoM/SGUPT8_QS0I/AAAAAAAAC68/V-wmAjm3zV8/s400/mh_bomber.jpg Bomber]]'' shows the band flying one. It was also part of their stage shows on the subsequent tour.
* CoverVersion: They've covered a lot of songs. Let's see... "The Train Kept-A-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw, "I'm Your Witchdoctor" by John Mayall, "Emergency" by Girlschool, "Please Don't Touch" (together with Girlschool) by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry, "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy Waters, "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette, "Masterplan" by The Plasmatics, "[[Music/TwistedSister Shoot 'em Down]]", [[Music/{{Metallica}} "Enter Sandman", "Whiplash"]], "[[Music/TedNugent Cat Scratch Fever]]", [[Music/TheRollingStones "Jumping Jack Flash"]], [[Music/SexPistols "God Save The Queen"]], [[Music/{{Queen}} "Tie Your Mother Down"]], [[Music/JudasPriest "Breaking The Law"]] and "[[ZZTop Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers]]".
* CrapsackWorld: "Brotherhood of Man" makes our world look scary...
* DeadMansHand: "Ace of Spades" refers to this hand.
-->Read 'em and weep, the dead man's hand again
** Also, they recorded a song called Dead Man's Hand as a B-side to The One To Sing The Blues in 1991.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Killed by Death".
* {{Determinator}}: "Stand" from ''March or Die'' encourages the listener to be one, because "if you stand then you deserve it all".
** Also, Lemmy himself
* DistaffCounterpart: Girlschool were marketed this way by Bronze Records when they had both bands on their repertoire.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Although Lemmy is quite open about his vices (smoking, alcohol, drugs, groupies) and hard-partying lifestyle, he does not encourage others to follow his example because he's seen too many of his friends die from living the way he lives.
* DrugsAreBad: "Lost Johnny" from ''Motörhead'' and ''On Parole'' but (which was originally on Hawkwind's ''Hall of the Mountain Grill'').
* EatTheRich: The song "Eat the Rich" was written as the title track for the BritCom film of the same name about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eating the rich]] and also featured Lemmy in a supporting role. However, the song's lyrics are actually a thinly veiled reference to a certain sex act.
* EpicRocking: "Just 'cos You Got the Power" (from ''Eat the Rich'' single and ''Rock 'n' Roll'' reissue) and the extended version of "Overkill" from various compilations go over seven minutes, which are a rare occurrence for ThreeChordsAndTheTruth-specific band like Motörhead.
* GodIsEvil:
** "God Was Never on Your Side" from ''Kiss of Death''.
** "Orgasmatron" is pretty much a BadassBoast from a malevolant god, who also represent politicians and conquerors.
* GenderBender: "I'll Be Your Sister" from ''Overkill''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: After been over 30 years in business, the band has amassed about 57 of them.
* HarshVocals: Lemmy is probably the TropeCodifier.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Rock 'n' Roll music"
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: One of the first examples. If Music/BlueOysterCult is the UrExample, then Motörhead are the TropeCodifier.
* {{Homage}}: "[[Music/TheRamones R.A.M.O.N.E.S.]]" from ''1916''.
* IAmSong:
** "Vibrator" from ''Motörhead'' and ''On Parole'':
-->''I'm a Vibrator,''
-->''Pleased to make a start,''
-->''I'm a Vibrator,''
-->''And I'll never ever break your heart''
** And "Orgasmatron" from ''Orgasmatron''
-->''I am the one, Orgasmatron''
-->''The outstretched grasping hand''
-->''My image is of agony''
-->''My servants rape the land''
** And "Snaggletooth" from ''No Remorse'':
-->''Speed don't kill and I'm the proof''
-->''Just call me Snaggletooth''
** A more literal example, "I am the Sword" from ''Bastards''.
-->''I, I am the blade, I break the oath that you made''
-->''I, I am the mace, I am the blow in the face''
-->''I, I am the axe, to cut down heroes like rats''
-->''I, I am the sword, I do the work of the Lord''
** Then there's "The Game" from ''Hammered:''
-->''I am the Game, you don't wanna play me''
-->''I am control, no way you can shake me''
-->''I am heavy debt, no way you can pay me''
-->''I am the pain, and you know you can't take me''
* IAmTheBand: Lemmy, basically, IS Motörhead.
* ICallItVera: Lemmy's bass, Rickenbastard. Rickenbacker now even have a signature LK 4001 Bass.
* InTheBack: The song "Shoot You in the Back"
* InsistentTerminology: Lemmy used to claim they just play Rock 'n roll. [[BerserkButton NEVER tell him otherwise.]] According to a quote of his, it's because at the time 'heavy metal was too slow and boring' and the band were inspired by rock and roll bands.
* IntercourseWithYou:
** Many (TOO many) songs, but specially "Killed By Death".
** The band's cover of ''[[Music/TedNugent Cat Scratch Fever]]'', which if anything is even ''more'' sexual than the original.
* {{Jailbait}}: Not only does the band have a song titled "Jailbait", but Lemmy mentions in his autobiography having sex with a groupie who was only sixteen years old. Incidentally this is perfectly legal in the UK.
* KavorkaMan: Lemmy is not privileged in looks, and yet slept with over 2,000 women. It probably helps that he actually respects women; he takes offense if anyone claims they can't play rock as well as men.
* LeadBassist
* LighterAndSofter: "I Got Mine" (still heavy but more melodic than usual), "Whorehouse Blues" (acoustic blues)
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2. Kind of a bizarre example. While most people assume the band is basically [[RevolvingDoorBand Lemmy plus two other guys]], drummer Mickey Dee has been in the band since 1992 and guitarist Phil Campbell has been in the band 27 years (which makes him by far the longest remaining bandmember not counting Lemmy). But while the current lineup has been together for 1992 the lineup is technically only 16 years old as until 1995 they had a 4th guitar player who was in the band for 11 years.
* LoudnessWar: Motorhead has been called "the loudest band in the world", and has been clocked in excess of '''140 decibels''', a sound level roughly equivalent to that of a jet engine or the Space Shuttle.
* MadScientist: "I'm The Doctor" from ''Iron Fist''.
* MadeOfIron: Lemmy himself. He's in his mid-60s and he drinks at least one bottle of Jack Daniel's every day (and has for the last 35 years), he loathes vegetables and lives on a diet of mostly meat and cheese, he's been a smoker since he was 11 years old, and he also does copious amounts of drugs (mainly speed). Despite all this his liver, lungs, and kidneys are fine and he maintains a touring schedule that would exhaust men half his age.
** DentedIron: His old age and bad habits are starting to catch up with him: he has Type 2 diabetes and had to get a pacemaker in 2013, after his irregular heartbeat forced him to cancel shows. In October 2013, he admitted to quitting smoking and drinking.
* MetalBandMascot: Snaggletooth, the war pig.
** ChainedByFashion: The chains on his tusks.
** CoolTrain: ''Orgasmatron'''s cover has him depicted as this.
** MadeOfExplodium: On the cover of ''Overkill''.
** MixAndMatchCritters: Artist Joe Petagno created him by merging together skulls of a gorilla, a wolf and a dog and giving him boar's tusks.
** ScaledUp: ''Snake Bite Love'''s cover.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They're about an 8, which is very heavy for their genre of metal and even heavier for the time they emerged.
* TheMovie: ''[[http://www.lemmymovie.com/ Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch]]''
* NameTron: ''Orgasmatron'', both the album and the song on it.
* NamesTheSame: "Killed by Death" single has two different tracks named "Under the Knife".
* OffOnATechnicality: In 1975, Canadian police arrested Lemmy at the Detroit/Windsor border crossing on suspicion of cocaine possession. As it turned out, what he was actually carrying was meth, which was not illegal in Canada at the time, and he was released without charge (though his brief incarceration lead to his being fired from Hawkwind).
* OlderThanTheyLook: Lemmy is 67 years old but still looks pretty damn good, appearing to be in his mid-40's to early 50's. This is amazing considering the fact that he's been an alcoholic ''and'' smoker for so many years; he's blessed considering that what he's been doing has been proven to make people look ''older'' than they are.
** Lemmy likes to joke that he drinks so much that his body is being preserved in an alcohol solution, which is why he doesn't look as old as he is.
* OverlyLongGag: True to its name, "Overkill" has ''two'' false endings.
* ParentalIncest: "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me" from ''Bastards''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Lemmy is a collector of Nazi memorabilia, and has a very large collection. This has led some pundits to accuse him of being a Nazi sympathizer, but Lemmy has denied this. He actually considers himself an [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anarchist]] who is "anti-fascism, communism, any extreme" and claims that "government causes more problems than it solves", and he collects Nazi memorabilia because [[EvilIsCool they had the coolest-looking stuff]].
* RatedMForManly
* RockstarSong: "Angel City" from ''1916''.
* RockTrio: All of their lineups except for from 1984-1995, when both Phil Campbell and Würzel were on guitars.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lemmy has slept with more than 2,000 women, he's notorious for his love of speed and booze and hes been kicking ass around the world with Motorhead for 35 years and counting.
* SomethingBlues: "Whorehouse Blues" from ''Inferno''.
* SopranoAndGravel: [=Headgirl=], the mashup between Girlschool and Motörhead.
* SpellingSong: "[[Music/TheRamones R.A.M.O.N.E.S.]]" from ''1916''.
* StageNames: Aside from Lemmy himself, many past members used them, as noticed above.
* StartMyOwn: Motörhead was born when Hawkwind kicked Lemmy out and he decided to start his own band.
* StrictlyFormula: If it's been working pretty well for over three decades...
* TakeThat: [[WordOfGod Lemmy]] says each verse of ''Orgasmatron'' represents one of man's substitutions for orgasms: Religion, Government and War. All three verses are from the perspective of the man in charge of each and none paint a pretty picture.
* ThoseWackyNazis: "Brotherhood of Man", again:
--> ''[[HumansAreBastards We]] put our [[ReligionOfEvil faith]] in [[AdolfHitler maniacs]]''
--> ''The [[Film/TriumphOfTheWill triumph of the will]].''
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: One of the few bands that both metalheads and punks like.
* TitledAfterTheSong: "Motorhead" was a Music/{{Hawkwind}} song written by Lemmy when he was there.
* TropeMaker: For {{Speed Metal}}.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The music video for "Hellraiser" features clips from ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'', with some additional footage of Lemmy playing poker with Pinhead.
* VillainSong:
** Both of Wrestling/TripleH's entrance themes, "The Game" (the song most connected to him) and "King of Kings" (his current one).
** Wrestling/{{Evolution}}'s entrance theme, "Line in the Sand", counts as well.
** "Orgasmatron".
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: "The Chase is Better Than the Catch," from ''Ace Of Spades''
* WorldWarI: ''1916'''s cover art and title song, which is based on the battle of Somme. Also a massive TearJerker.
* WordSaladLyrics: Lemmy's tendency to write the lyrics in five minutes has produced lots of these.
* WordSaladTitle: "Snake Bite Love", "Stone Dead Forever".
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