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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Whiskey And Speed I Learned From Lemmy
on September 12, 2008
The provenance of this record is steeped in the very same whiskey and speed the lyrics profess and is delivered by dudes missing a lot of teeth among them. In my book, this gives a band a great deal of street cred.
Like most Motorhead albums, the songs follow a stylistical formula. There aren't really more stand out tracks on Iron Fist than on any other given good Motorhead record, but these stand out tracks seem especially engineered for optimal concussive effect.
While some earlier songs may have been iconic (ahem, "Ace of Spades"), it's the pithier tracks like "Sex and Outrage" and "America" that really nourish the flower of youth. And Motorhead is, after all, an extremely enigmatic and influential band. I hear echoes of "Sex and Outrage" in every decent Florida hardcore band I know.
In fact, I think the legacy of Iron Fist is as much about the continuum of rock and roll as it is its heritage. While this record is 26 years old, it doesn't sound nearly as rickety and asthmatic as, say, an AC/DC album of the same vintage.
Enjoy at loud volume over strong drinks.