At 55, I'm way past the age of putting rock posters up on the walls of my house. But after Lemmy Kilmister succumbed to cancer last December, Metal Hammer magazine did a tribute issue to the great man and included a poster inside that I just didn't have the heart to throw away, and it hangs right by my desktop computer. Fact is, even though Lemmy had a lot of very bad habits, he was the real deal as far as understanding rock and roll, lived it, loved it, never compromised his crushing sound or attack. The first album I heard from Motorhead was, along with lots of fans at least stateside, was "Ace of Spades", the first track on the LP being "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch" and I was hooked for life.
"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.
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