MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister Talks LITTLE RICHARD, HAWKWIND, Being "Best Worst Band In The World"
February 16, 2011, 10 years ago
Greg Kot from the Chicago Tribune caught up with MOTÖRHEAD mainman Lemmy Kilmister recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
His love for '50s rock n' roll - "LITTLE RICHARD sang how I felt. I was 12 years old when I first heard him and that music, and I felt it was mine."
His time with space-rock pioneers HAWKWIND: "I did like being in Hawkwind, and I believe I’d still be playing with them today if I hadn’t been kicked out. It was fun onstage, not so much offstage. They didn’t want to mesh with me. Musically, I loved the drummer, the guitar player. It was a great band.”
On forming Motörhead - "I basically wanted to be the MC5. I was just going to be the bassist and sing some backing vocals, but then it became a three-piece and I became the singer. I got used to it I guess.”
Motörhead as the antithesis of the ‘70s progressive rock movement - “How did it make me feel? Determined. They started changing their tune. We became the best worst band in the world. And then people started to understand us better when punk came along. We were the first band of long-haired people who could relate to the punk crowd. They’d look at us funny at first, but after the first song we never had a problem with them.”
Read the entire interview here.