Friday, January 1, 2016

Song of the week: "Ace of Spades" - Motorhead

A fun thought exercise to try every once in a while is to ask "if someone had never before heard of rock music, what song would you use to introduce it to them?"

I can't claim to be a big Motorhead aficionado, but you don't have to be to recognize that Lemmy Kilmister was rock personified.  Motorhead's slogan, "Everything louder than everything else" captures exactly what a rock song should make you feel.  I don't normally gravitate towards heavier stuff, but I'm fan of rock generally, and part of that means raging, balls to wall, cranking the radio so loud they can hear you a mile off ROCK, man.  When it's done properly, you can't help but become a head banger.  Lemmy wasn't the greatest singer, but that wasn't the point.  No one ever reviewed a Motorhead album by complaining about the yelling.    

When making arguments for which song is "the" rock song, you could do a lot worse than "Ace of Spades".  So go on, have a listen and a drink in Lemmy's memory.

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