Lemmy (1945 – 2015)

So bad. Didn't care.
So bad. Didn’t care.

I woke up this morning to the sad news that the legendary Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister has passed away, aged 70.

Now I don’t normally post news like this on HMO, I usually just leave a tribute on Twitter or Facebook. But Lemmy is special. And you don’t need me to tell you how special so I’m not going to bother. Suffice to say, his passing marks the end of an era for Rock N’ Roll.

Here’s a snippet from the opening of BBC’s Arena “Heavy Metal” Documentary from 1989. If any metal doc has had a better opening than this, then I’ve not seen it. This was the first time I clapped eyes on the force of nature that is Lemmy: an unforgettable “who the fuck is that?” moment if ever there was one. It’s hard to imagine there was a time when I didn’t know who Lemmy was and it’s even harder to imagine a world without him in it.  Mountain lions everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief and the chances of your lawn dying have significantly reduced… but Lemmy will be missed.

17 thoughts on “Lemmy (1945 – 2015)”

  1. I know what you mean…normally I lay low on celebrity deaths and avoid comment. I usually hate buying musician’s work after they’ve died. I don’t usually like glorifying the dead or saying I’m sad when their death doesn’t actually affect me really…

    but its fucking Lemmy!

    Even with my usual attitude, I couldn’t help reading all the posts and commenting and going online and buying a few more Motorhead albums for my collection. Bought tickets to see em a few times, always got cancelled,…minor shame I’ll never get the chance now.

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  2. It makes me sad to post comments on these tributes 😦

    I’ll share a funny story here.

    Christmas Day, I was sharing a memory with my sister. We were listening to Christmas songs, and I thought of Lemmy’s version of Run Run Rudolph. My sister heard that song, hated it, and said, “This is bullshit! How come these guys are allowed to make music and I’m not?”

    I thought that was hilarious and so did she.

    And then, Lemmy died. On my sister’s birthday. A gift from Lemmy to her? Only Lem knows.

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  3. I had a hard time Liking this post, for obvious reasons, but I also Like this post because you did it well, and Lemmy is deserving of all tribute. Rock music is lesser now.

    Over on JHubner, he laid out a great one:

    “He was a crusty, slithering rock and roll serpent that had Jack Daniels for blood and molten rock for bone; yet he still came across as cordial as a fine English gentleman. He told tales of debauchery and rock and roll excess, but with the candor and honesty of your favorite uncle. ”

    RIP Lemmy. The grass over his grave will be brown forevermore.

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  4. “Like a rhino with rabies.” Orgasmatron, was my intro to Lemmy’s work. Just a black and white Hit Parader ad, artwork, body copy. I thought he and Wendy O. Willams made a fine couple. I like how the grave burps the warted one back upright on the intro of the Killed By Death video. “Like a rhino with rabies.”

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