Motörhead are a British rock band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and
songwriter Lemmy Kilmister, who has remained the sole constant member.
Usually a power trio, Motörhead had particular success in the early
1980s with several successful singles in the UK Top 40 chart. The
albums Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, and particularly No Sleep 'til
Hammersmith, cemented Motörhead's reputation as one of Britain's
foremost rock bands. While Motörhead are typically classified as heavy
metal, speed metal or thrash metal (and often regarded as a
foundational influence on the later two styles), Lemmy dislikes such
labels, preferring to describe the band's music simply as "rock n'
roll". Motörhead's approach has remained the same over the band's
career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best; their
appreciation of early rock and roll is reflected in some of their
occasional cover songs. Motörhead's lyrics typically cover such topics
as war, good versus evil, abuse of power, promiscuous sex, substance
abuse, and "life on the road." The band's distinctive fanged-face logo,
Snaggletooth, with its oversized boars' horns, chains, and spikes, was
created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the Motörhead
album and has appeared in many variations on covers of ensuing albums.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
With their supply trains destroyed by Union troops one day earlier,
Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee eventually surrendered to Union
General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House near the Appomattox Court
House in Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.
World War I: The Canadian Corps began the first wave of attacks at the
Battle of Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France.
NASA announced the selection of the Mercury Seven , the first
astronauts in Project Mercury.
The first Boeing 737 took its maiden flight, eventually becoming the
most ordered and produced commercial passenger jet airliner in the
An anti-Soviet demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia, was quashed by the
Soviet army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To sing in such a way that the voice fluctuates rapidly between the
normal chest voice and falsetto
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Imagination is the queen of truth, and possibility is one of the
regions of truth. She is positively akin to infinity.
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