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.
- "Ace of Spades" (2:49)
- "Love Me Like a Reptile" (3:23)
- "Shoot You in the Back" (2:39)
- "Live to Win" (3:37)
- "Fast and Loose" (3:23)
- "(We Are) The Road Crew" (3:13)
- "Fire, Fire" (2:44)
- "Jailbait" (3:33)
- "Dance" (2:38)
- "Bite the Bullet" (1:38)
- "The Chase Is Better than the Catch" (4:18)
- "The Hammer" (2:48)
Bonus Tracks (1996 Reissue):
- "Dirty Love" (2:57)
- "Please Don't Touch" (2:49)
- "Emergence" (3:00)
- "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.
- 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 foolsBut that's the way I like it babyI don't wanna live foreverAnd 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
- 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 hypnotisedHot tongue breaks in and out and I can't believe my eyesAnd your soft white belly, next to mineScaly baby, see you shineLove me like a reptile, you're murder in disguiseBlack mamba, murder in disguise
- 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 screamBelieve 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