Wow! Who’d have thought we’d get to the middle of December before Motörhead make an appearance on this list?
Without doubt the loudest band I’ve ever seen, and I must confess, when I saw them I only really knew a couple of their songs. I went with my band mates from the first group I played with, 3 Polish lads into thrash metal, for the gig in Oxford. What a night! They just cranked the volume up and up as the gig went on, and it probably took me 3 or 4 days to get my hearing fully back.
This was their final song of the night, hot on the heels of Ace of Spades (which I play with the band I’m in now). I love the sound from the bass drum, which is incessant, thunderous, and drives the whole song forward. Lemmy’s intro on bass just helps the song batter along. It’s an assault on your senses, best listened to very loud with good bass speakers. You know what you’re in for with the first two lines from the song:
Only way to feel the noise
is when it’s good and loud
I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Overkill – Motörhead
Tomorrow night, St Patrick’s Day, I’ll be in Glasgow watching Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) play their 26th consecutive year at the same venue on the same night. I was there last year for their 25th, and am making the journey again this year as it’s part of their 40th Anniversary tour. It stands to reason that this week’s choice should be the first of their songs I ever heard, from the first album of theirs I ever heard: the band was 3 years old by then, and have been my favourite ever since.
Johnny Was is actually a Bob Marley track, and this version comes from the live album Hanx! To my mind, this is probably still the best live album, by any band, ever. At the time I listened to it, I wanted to be a drummer. This track was the first on Side 2 of the cassette (remember them?), which I’d borrowed from a classmate as I was going to see this band at only my second ever gig. Turn the volume up, dim the lights, and see if you can figure out why a wannabe drummer would love this, and why a fully fledged bass player would still rank this as one of his favourite tracks ever.
Johnny Was – Stiff Little Fingers