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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!: Day 208 Motörhead

Clean Your Clock - Motörhead
Produced by Motörhead
Released 10th June 2016
UK Chart #36
German Chart #2

Motörhead Personnel
    Lemmy Kilmister – lead vocals, bass
    Phil Campbell – lead guitar, backing vocals
    Mikkey Dee – drums

Some Footage from the DVD
Clean Your Clock

Clean Your Clock is the thirteenth Live Album release from Motörhead and was recorded on their last tour in November over two nights (21st and 22nd) at The Zenith in Munich.

I have a couple of reservations about this album. Firstly, the day after Motörhead had announced the death of Lemmy drummer Mikkey Dee had issued a statement of his own: "Motörhead is over, of course. Lemmy was Motörhead. We won't be doing any more tours or anything. And there won't be any more records. But the brand survives, and Lemmy lives on in the hearts of everyone." 

Did you notice that "And there won't be any more records" bit? I realise that UDR were in an interesting position and had not only recorded the two nights and filmed them but surely they must have wondered to themselves if the decision to release them was a good thing or not!

The second thing I have a concern about with regard to this album is: I'm not sure that this exactly how I wish to remember Lemmy Kilmister, as it is very apparent right from the start of the show that Lemmy is not on his best form vocally and seeing some of the film footage he was looking a shadow of his former self. Yes, the band sound pretty tight and play an interesting set (oddly enough featuring only one song from the latest album Bad Magic that had been released in August 2015), but Lemmy's vocals are pretty poor by his high standards. Personally speaking I would rather have settled for Bad Magic being the last thing released by the band than have to watch this performance. I have to say I felt very sad watching it, not just because the fact that he is no longer with us but because it is a poor reflection of the man he once was.

The vocals on the CD seem to be lacking the usual volume, maybe they have done this to try and disguise the fact that Lemmy seemed to be struggling.

I don't know what other fans of Motörhead think about this, I'd be interested to know.

The post that follows this one will maybe show a better way to remember Lemmy Kilmister at his best.

Let The Day Begin...Let The Day Start!
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