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This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Motorhead, Another Perfect Day February 13, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
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It’s good to read that in recent years there’s been a rethink about the place of the album “Another Perfect Day” in the Motorhead canon (and speaking of all things Motorhead here’s a related item). It has had a contentious position in that canon. Too ‘melodic’ was often the complaint. Which in the context of Motorhead makes a certain sort of sense on the face of it, but isn’t really true. That injection of – shall we say – greater melody was the responsibility of Brian Robertson, formerly of Thin Lizzy, who was… well, odd. There are horror stories of his appearing in leg warmers, etc at warm ups, of being a difficult and tetchy character. Not quite the image that Motorhead sought to project. This iteration of the band lasted barely a year with Robertson exiting with Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor to form his own band.

Astoundingly, or perhaps not, according to Wiki none of the tracks were played by Motorhead until 2004. And I read that ‘Dancing on Your Grave’, ‘I Got Mine’ and ‘Another Perfect Day’ have been rehabilitated since then.

For me it’s speedy, seriously heavy… but with some intro’s which because they’re so overtly melodic, even unmetal, counterpointing the sheer metallic dynamic of the sounds that come after them. For example, ‘I Got Mine’ has a near-jangle guitar sound which could have been toned down and fitted into mainstream indie but a few short years later.

Motorhead – Another Perfect Day

Dancing on Your Grave

Marching off to War

Shine

I Got Mine

Tales of Glory

And the title track live…

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1. Crocodile - February 13, 2010

The Motorhead canon’? ‘cannon’, surely?

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WorldbyStorm - February 13, 2010

There are those who call it that – yes. 🙂

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2. Paul Wilson - February 13, 2010

as an ageing punk I have always had a soft spot for them, they sort of crossed over. Bomber and Ace what more could you say?

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WorldbyStorm - February 13, 2010

And of course Lemmy wrote R.A.M.O.N.E.S as a tribute. I think they did crossover.

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3. HAL - February 13, 2010

Heard them break the World sound record in some school ,in Meath I think.Late 70s or early 80s.

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4. splinteredsunrise - February 13, 2010

It’s a very underrated album by the fans. But then, I thought On Parole was an interesting listen.

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ejh - February 13, 2010

That’s on a very early EP, if I do not mistake myself.

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5. splinteredsunrise - February 13, 2010

Oh, and if you haven’t come across it, worth checking out Rock & Roll Forever by Lemmy, Slim Jim and Danny B. It’s a change of pace…

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WorldbyStorm - February 14, 2010

That sounds interesting. And I haven’t. On Parole was a while before, as ejh says, no?

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splinteredsunrise - February 14, 2010

Oh, long ago, when the band was just formed. You can still here something of the Pink Fairies influence on it.

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WorldbyStorm - February 14, 2010

I still have a Pink Fairies sampler on vinyl, a sort of interesting band in their own way. Almost better than they allowed themselves to be… City Kids is a classic. Mind you, so is Do It…

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