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I don't share your greed, the only card I need is the Ace of Spades.

Ace of Spades is the fourth studio album by Motörhead, released in 1980. The album is most famous for its title track, which became a Signature Song for the band. In hard rock circles, it has reached classic status.

A documentary about the creative process behind the making of this album can be seen in the Classic Albums TV documentary series.


Side One

  1. "Ace of Spades" (2:49)
  2. "Love Me Like a Reptile" (3:23)
  3. "Shoot You in the Back" (2:39)
  4. "Live to Win" (3:37)
  5. "Fast and Loose" (3:23)
  6. "(We Are) The Road Crew" (3:13)

Side Two

  1. "Fire, Fire" (2:44)
  2. "Jailbait" (3:33)
  3. "Dance" (2:38)
  4. "Bite the Bullet" (1:38)
  5. "The Chase Is Better than the Catch" (4:18)
  6. "The Hammer" (2:48)


Bonus Tracks (1996 Reissue):

  1. "Dirty Love" (2:57)
  2. "Please Don't Touch" (2:49)
  3. "Emergence" (3:00)

Principal Members:

  • "Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitar, vocals
  • Lemmy Kilmister - lead vocals, bass
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums

Ace of Tropes:

  • Ace of Spades: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Alliterative Title: "Fire, Fire", "Bite the Bullet".
  • Animal Motifs: "Love Me Like a Reptile", where a lizard, black mamba, rattlesnake and a electric eel are brought up.
  • Artistic License – Biology: It's not sure why an electric eel is brought up in "Love Me Like a Reptile", for eels are fishes, not reptiles.
  • Audience Participation Song: Invoked in "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" where, during the break, Lemmy repeatedly sings "Let me hear ya".
  • Born Unlucky: "Ace of Spades"
    You know I'm born to lose
  • Covers Always Lie: The album cover appears to be shot in an American desert, but in reality it was on a sandy hill photographed in Barney, England (just outside London) and the air was airbrushed in.
  • Advertisement:
  • Dead Man's Hand: "Ace of Spades".
    Read 'em and weep, the dead man's hand again
  • Driven to Suicide: "Bite the Bullet", about a broken love affair.
  • Face on the Cover: The band posing as cowboys.
  • The Gambling Addict: "Ace of Spades".
    You know I'm born to lose and gambling's for fools
    But that's the way I like it baby
    I don't wanna live forever
    And don't forget the joker!
  • Intercourse with You: "Love Me Like a Reptile", "Jailbait" and "Fast & Loose".
  • In the Back: "Shoot You in the Back".
    The rider wearing black, he's gonna shoot you in the back
  • Jailbait: One song has this title.
  • Misogyny Song: "Jailbait", about having a sex with groupie, not caring about her age or name.
  • One-Word Title: "Jailbait", "Dance".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Live To Win".
    They've got the power now,
    But soon it's our hour now,
    We all know where we been,
    All we do is live To win
  • Playing Card Motifs: "Ace of Spades" is built around gambling metaphors.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: "Love Me Like a Reptile".
    Thunder lizard, stony eye, you got me hypnotised
    Hot tongue breaks in and out and I can't believe my eyes
    And your soft white belly, next to mine
    Scaly baby, see you shine
    Love me like a reptile, you're murder in disguise
    Black mamba, murder in disguise
  • Shout-Out:
    • Mötörhead performed the title track in the episode "Bambi" of The Young Ones.
  • Sword of Damocles: "The Hammer".
    Don't try to run, don't try to scream
    Believe me, the hammer's gonna smash your dream
  • Title Track: "Ace of Spades"
    I don't share your greed, the only card I need is the ace of spades
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch".
  • The Wild West: The band members are dressed like cowboys on the album cover. Lemmy is dressed as Maverick, Phil like Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks and Eddie as Clint Eastwood.
  • World Tour: "(We Are) The Road Crew".
    Another hotel we can burn,
    Another screw, another turn,
    Another Europe map to learn,
    Another truck stop on the way,
    Another game I learn to play,
    Another word I learn to say,
    Another bloody customs post,
    Another fucking foreign coast,
    Another set of scars to boast,
    We Are The Road Crew


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