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Clean Your Clock Ltd Edition Metal Motorhead Medal
Double Vinyl, Box Set
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Clean Your Clock (Live In Munich 2015) [Explicit]
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Motörhead To Release their latest offering “Clean Your Clock” on May 27th They were the Kings of the Road. They lived on it. They loved it. It loved them. And never was the spirit of Motörhead more alive than when they were on tour, shake, rattle and rolling audiences to within an inch of their lives thanks to that indomitable cocktail of power, purpose and head-crunching volume. Yeah. In fact, after four decades of bone-pulverizing duty, Motörhead were still enjoying sold-out gigs worldwide. On November 20th and 21st 2015, at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, UDR Records made the decision to record. Consulting with the band’s longtime studio producer Cameron Webb to make sure the technical specs were as good as they could be, Motörhead proceeded to deliver two storming shows. Where there had once been almost too-fast breakneck pace, there was measured yet still thunderous rock’n’roll served up only as they could, Phil Campbell playing better than he had in years, and Mikkey Dee elevating the art of drumming to the superlative heights which made him one of metal’s most coveted skinsmen. Lemmy. Oh he sounds so dialed in, a little mean even (in the best possible way) snarling here and there, cackling when appropriate, and singing in a way which will defy every single pre-conceived expectation you might have had. Yes, he was fighting ailments. Yes he was fighting the sadness of losing Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor. But no, he was not flimsy or faded, in fact on Clean Your Clock he lays down the marker for all near-70 year olds in terms of wicked bad-assery. Those first strains of the mighty “Bomber” are like a salve to all heavy metal souls, the reverberant classic forcing you to turn it up, Lemmy snarling and roaring like a man in his 20s, “Metropolis” grooving like the day it was written, and “Overkill” as mighty a pulverizer as ever…look, here is the unavoidable truth. There will be no more Motörhead tours because Lemmy is no longer here, and many, many people did not get a chance to hear them one more time on what proved to be their last-ever piece of road work. Which makes Clean Your Clock a vitally important release. It is both a celebration and an epitaph, glorious yet not without melancholy. It had to sound right, as with all Motörhead releases, but this one was arguably more important than any of the others. Webb has done the show, and the band, proud by helping make sure the power of the band is not lost in some digital sinkhole, maintaining the warmth and curve of Motörhead’s unique live sound. Clean Your Clock is the natural sound of one of rock’n’roll’s mightiest, rarest and most astoundingly excellent beasts – Motörhead. There isn’t a plaudit they haven’t received and there isn’t a plaudit they don’t deserve. And if there had to be a ‘final’ Motörhead album, perhaps it is fitting that Clean Your Clock, a superb live encapsulation of the band at home, is the one. So TURN-THIS-UP because as Lemmy himself said, the only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loud...
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"Clean Your Clock" is a celebration of his life, and reminds us that this lineup with Phil Campbell and Mickey Dee was probably the best technically, and both have long since won over diehards who preferred the classic lineup with Fast Eddie Clark and Philthy Animal Taylor. Sadly it's taken from the last two nights of a European tour that would be the last Motorhead gigs ever, as Kilmister sadly died a few weeks later in his LA home. But even knowing he was terminal didn't stop him if possible. There is no room for pity here, because right up to the finish line, Lemmy and Co. were still rock and roll's hardest and greatest band, slamming home versions of some classic Motorhead and a few newer ones, including "Whorehouse Blues", and "Jus Cause You Got the Power". We get a more stripped down version of "Rock It" from "Another Perfect Day", where, at song's end with strong applause, Lemmy guffaws and says "You liked that one, 'eh? You didn't when it came out." Ouch. Well, I liked it when it came out, anyway.
Of course you get "Bomber", "Metropolis", "Ace of Spades" and the set closer "Overkill", which is still my favorite Motorhead tune, and that's tough because there are so many great ones. When listening to this very well produced live album from Munich, just dig the power the band had and the stamina of Lemmy himself, which could be a life lesson for all of us to never quit and never give up on your rock and roll. Mickey Dee drums like a demonic octopus, Phil Campbell plays sharp heavy guitar and Lemmy does just fine. It's a fitting coda for one of the greatest rock and roll bands ever - live, loud, in your face and tough as hell. It doesn't have quite the impact of "No Sleep 'til Hammersmith", but it's a damn worthy document just the same.
This is a necessary document for any Motorhead or metal fan.
Motorhead never let you down. Not once. Lemmy was a man of integrity and wouldn't stand for any slacking or selling out or compromising. They're one of the few bands who never turned out a bad song. Better and worse, yeah, but never one you had to skip over. My Motorhead best-of mixtape would have to be at least three hours long and "Ace of Spades" doesn't even have to be on it. So while this live show isn't Motorhead at their best, it's still a must-get for any fan of this band (and if you're not one of those something's wrong with you, see if you can get it fixed).
The 20-minute bonus about Lemmy is a worth the price by itself, with Lemmy still being his intelligent, honest, and most of all hilarious self. Some of the show, knowing it's one of the last and we'll never see anything like it again, may make you sad, but you can't help but laugh at some of Lemmy's stories, or when he leans out the window and yells "Idiots!" at the world. It's good to see that he was laughing all the way to the end. And I'm not sure if there are flying saucers, but when he says he's seen one, dagnabbit, I believe him. I never met the guy and yet I'll never stop missing him, because he can't be replaced. He's dead, but he'll never really be gone. And I'll eternally damn Rolling Stone for not giving him the cover; not slagging Bowie or Prince or even Merle Haggard, but Lemmy was at least as important as any of them, having had a massive impact on punk, metal, and rock and roll in general.
So, bottom line, there are better Motorhead shows on DVD out there, but it's great to have this one, too, just as a testament to Lemmy's work ethic. He was unstoppable to the last.
Now, someone please release Lemmy's fabled solo album from the vaults. The world needs it!
This is a bittersweet addition to the list. While the musicianship doesn't slip, there is inevitably something unsettling about seeing your hero about to ride off into the sunset for the last time. Still, as one of the other comments here notes, the mini-documentary shows Lemmy relaxed, amused and amusing as he reflects on life and the universe [literally]. And if you don't get a lump in your throat as it ends in mid-frame, then you likely haven't been following Motörhead since 1975.
UDR have done everyone proud with this release. Great recording [which sounds absolutely fine to me in two of the three set-up options], some new and newer songs plus some new-old favorites, great photos and even a cute little pop-up of the band.
They were Motörhead, and they played rock and roll. RIP.
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I thought it would be OK for the last motorhead album because they are old