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Motorhead's Lemmy Voted Greatest Living Englishman By The Guardian

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British newspaper The Guardian has concluded its question of who the greatest living Englishman is and the result will make heavy metal fans very happy! Motorhead mainman Lemmy has been given the title. For more information read the following article...

"Let it be stated for the record: Lemmy, singer with Motörhead, is the nation's greatest living Englishman. Some say this accolade belongs to Tony Benn, but attending one of his appearances will cost you up to £35 a ticket and doesn't get you Ace of Spades played by a sexagenarian who sinks two packets of Marlboro Reds and two litres of Jack Daniels a day.

Next month, London sees the start of the South Bank Meltdown festival, the summer's annual pick'n'mix of musical culture. This year's curator is Jarvis Cocker, another national treasure. The band Cocker has chosen to launch Meltdown is Motörhead. I would like to think - no, I believe - there is nothing kitsch about this choice. It isn't the same as people who wear AC/DC shirts to the NME Awards. I feel that Jarvis Cocker understands that Motörhead epitomise rock'n'roll's core ideal, that "the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud", and that they are a beacon for defiant celebration.

Lemmy may have hit many a duff note in the past 30 years, but not once has he told you a lie. I was 10 years old when I first heard this band; I was just a week older by the time I owned my first Motörhead record. A month after that I had an iron-on T-shirt. Five years later and I was knee deep in mud at Donington Park, flailing in terror as people fell under my feet, watching in amazement as a firework screamed its way toward Lemmy on the stage. I remember it now: he went ballistic. And then he played Ace of Spades.

Ace of Spades is, of course, the one song loved by everyone who has heard it. Its moral is so clear it could well be Moses on the mic, its timing so deft it might just be the greatest shimmy in rock'n'roll. "You know I'm going to lose, and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't want to live forever." In the original studio version Lemmy then warns you to not "forget the joker", but of late the song has been brought up to date. While power chords throb from his Rickenbacker bass and his mouth moves up to a microphone stationed higher than his head, the 61-year-old greatest living Englishman instead says "... but apparently I am."

And who wouldn't drink to that?"

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1. deathbringer writes:

LOL. That headline alone cracked me up.

# Jun 26, 2007 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. SexBloodandMetal writes:

NICE!

# Jun 26, 2007 @ 10:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Stephen writes:

I believe the title of Greatest Living Englishman should go to a man by the name of David Gilmour.

But I suppose there's also no harm in giving the honor to, "...a sexagenarian who sinks two packets of Marlboro Reds and two litres of Jack Daniels a day." LMAO! Lemmy is pretty damn cool, I'll admit.

# Jun 26, 2007 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Horns Up!!! writes:

I saw Motorhead 2 years ago, definately does smoke alot, he smoked throughout the entire performance, but very impressive set nonetheless, Lemmy is so kickass, I think he definately deserves this title.

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 10:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Jackrum writes:

The man was drunker than a hobo on meths at wacken last year..

An example to us all.
Better than Ozzy or david bloody beckham.

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Aye, David Beckham's a twat.

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jackrum writes:

Damn right, im suprised that it was the Guardian, can you imagine if a scandal rag like the sun done a quiz like this? only muppets off big brother and thick as 6 planks footballers would be in the top 100.
Lemmy for PM!!!!
Bruce d***enson for the rest of government.

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Diamond Oz writes:

Yep. The Sun= biggest waste of 35p ever!

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Public Execution writes:

Motorhead is one of the best bands I have seen live. I saw them last October, and Lemmy did an unbelievable job. I am amzed he hasn't died of cancer or liver failure, but more power to the man. Defiantly worthy of the Greatest Living Britian.

# Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. dethmonkee writes:

a wonderful day for the appreciation of british metal :P
as a side note i find it amusing that half of bruce d***inson's name is filtered out

# Jun 28, 2007 @ 2:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. t.carey writes:

lemmy ls rock and roll.

# Jun 28, 2007 @ 8:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Jackrum writes:

Havent doctors said that if Lemmy stops the drugs and drink then his system will go into shock and kill him??

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 2:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. the antihippy writes:

wouldn't be surprised.

np: mono- moonlight

so beautiful......

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 4:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. yary writes:

Lemmy is a hero. He's really number one.

# Jun 29, 2007 @ 3:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Horns Up!!!! writes:

"Havent doctors said that if Lemmy stops the drugs and drink then his system will go into shock and kill him??"

let me get this straight, hes done so many drugs and alcohol that if he stops it he'll die????

THATS f***ING AWESOME!!!!!!!
what a f***ing badass!!!

# Jul 1, 2007 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. YEAH IT IS writes:

Bruce d***INSON

# Jul 17, 2007 @ 5:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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