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Motorhead To Release Children's Album, "Motorkids"
LOS ANGELES -- Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister sets the felt tip pen down beside the Jack and Coke on the table in front of him and takes a moment to admire his own autograph — signed on a female fan's left breast.
"It's all in the line of rock 'n' roll," the 63-year-old rocker says with a shrug and a smile as he lights his third cigarette of the past 20 minutes. "It's who I've been since I first heard Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran at a tender young age."
Maybe it's that reminiscence of youth that prompted Lemmy and the rest of Motorhead, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, to come up with their most unexpected album, "Motorkids," which will be released by SPV later this year.
"It isn't totally unexpected," Campbell says, noting that the band had a song on the "SpongeBob Squarepants Movie" soundtrack.
Why record such an album now?
"Have you heard most kids' music these days?" Lemmy asks, hefting his glass. "It's fuckin' terrible. 'Ooh' this and 'lala' that. We'll fix 'em some real rock 'n' roll."
And real rock 'n' roll is what you get on the tracks that were played for music journalists. On the rollicking "Monster in my Closet," Lemmy hollers "Don't want no sandman muckin' up my dreams/Don't want to boogeyman givin' me the screams" over a solid wall million-mph bass and guitar. Other tunes played were the seemingly innocent "Take Me Home to Meet Your Mama" and "No One Here (But Me And The Babysitter)."
"Just because it's for kids doesn't mean that we can't do the same things we do instrumentally on all the other albums," says Dee, whose double-bass drum part on "We All Scream (For Ice Cream)" is the first thing you'll hear on the album.
Does this mean Motorhead will hit the teen tour circuit with acts like the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus?
"I'm not sure they'd survive it," Lemmy says with a chuckle.
The complete track listing for "Motorkids" is:
1. We All Scream (For Ice Cream)
2. Fingernails On The Blackboard
3. Take Me Home To Meet Your Mama
4. Push You Around On The Playground
5. Monster In My Closet
6. I Ate The Dog's Homework
7. No One Here (But Me And The Babysitter)
8. Things I Do When Mommy's Not Around
9. I Wanna Be The Teacher's Pet
10. Hops, Scotch
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