This was my first foray into the Classic Albums line of DVD releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment. They are documentaries on the making of the respective albums. This one, obviously, is on Motorhead's landmark Ace of Spades.
Motorhead is a band that I don't really know much about. I of course am familiar with the them, they are rock mainstays that are still putting out crushing music after all these years. They have had a goof relationship with the WWE, supplying them with a few entrance songs for the likes of Evolution and Triple H. I also had the opportunity to see them live a couple of years ago, and they put on a great old school rock show.
This show features interviews with all of the members of the band from the album, guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke, drummer Phil 'Philty Animal' Taylor, and of course the leader of this gang bassist/vocalist Lemmy. There are also clips featuring Slash and Lars Ulrich, as well as friends, road crew and others.
These guys are crazy, the attitude and energy is still there, even if they aren't together anymore, they still convey a certain edginess. They aren't musicl technicians, they aren't really cultured, but they came together and created some great music. It is raw, chaotic, and unlike anything that was around at the time. Like them or hate them they made an impact, whether they liked it or not.
Lemmy and Phil are together for the interview, joking with each other, reminiscing, clearly having a good time. Eddie, is filmed on his own, for what reason I am not sure, I don't know if they had a falling out or what. But they discuss the creation of the album, and a lot about the touring. Going onstage and tearing it up, never looking for trouble but seeming to attract it wherever they went.
There is a good deal of live footage shown, mixed in with some promotional photos. There is even some pre-Motorhead live footage of Lemmy from the Hawkwind days. Some of the best parts feature the guys playing parts of their songs, particularly "Ace of Spades," solo. There there is Phil's drum solo, proving that he still has it, despite admitting to not actively performing for a number of years. Then there are portions with them sitting in front of a mixing board seperating each player and commenting on the performance, good stuff.