Musically, the “Another Perfect Day” album is excellent.
The problem was MTV and Motorhead just didn’t fit the MTV bill of marketable bands that looked good on video. And Lemmy’s sledgehammer vocals didn’t have the polish and harmonies of the bands getting the MTV airplay. So MTV ignored em and more or less the magazines ignored them.
So Motorhead would be that cult band, forever respected but not as commercially successful as they should have been, especially for their influence.
Lemmy (RIP) is a legend of all legends, the Chuck Norris of the metal world and even a metal element called Lemmium was created (there was a petition to add Lemmium to the periodic element table which failed, but his fans are still trying).
And the man had a way with words. It’s one of the reasons why Sharon Osbourne selected him to write lyrics for Ozzy’s “No More Tears” and “Ozzmosis” album. The lyrics to “Hellraiser”, “Mama I’m Coming Home” and “I Don’t Want To Change The World” are from Lemmy.
So here is a quick snapshot of some of the golden words in each track from “Another Perfect Day”.
One of us is crazy and the other one’s insane
From “Back At The Funny Farm”
There is a difference between crazy and insane, because Lemmy said, one is a choice and the other isn’t.
I really like this jacket but the sleeves are much too long
From “Back At The Funny Farm”
Lemmy’s take on a dinner suit.
But you know I’m a real good lover,
Can’t judge a book by its cover,
Bet ya thought I wouldn’t have no style
Don’t judge Lemmy based on his looks and appearance. He has all the tools necessary to please.
All you had was a bankroll baby and a glint in your eye
But you know you ran out of money
Wound up on your knees
From “Dancing On Your Grave”
A Lemmy tale for a cold winters night, about Lemmy’s favourite topic, a woman out of money and resorting to a career on her knees to make it through.
Let me hear til the end of time
It’s the only way
Rock’n’roll music gonna stop the world
From “Rock It”
The start instantly reminds me of “Under The Blade” from Twisted Sister. I would have used the words, rock and roll music gonna change the world.
And it was huge. The kids who grew up with it know what an impact rock had on culture.
One way ticket, one horse town
Two faced women, two black eyes
Three time loser, break the law
From “One Track Mind”
The social lynch mobs would tear this line apart for promoting violence.
What you see is what you get no matter what you say
The truth is only black and white
No shade of grey
From “Another Perfect Day”
The legal profession deals with the grey.
Never rise again, we lost a million friends
From “Marching Off To War”
World War 1 and the end of worlds’ innocence. No holds barred account of war.
Here’s the story, there’s only me
From “I Got Mine”
Damn right, it’s only Lemmy and no one else. How dare that woman not show him any interest?
You’ll find that I’m real bad luck
From “Tales Of Glory”
It’s as heartfelt as Lemmy would get. You’ve been forewarned.
Deal with the misfits, wipe ’em out
From “Die You Bastard”
Lemmy’s take on governments trying to wipe out the rockers. But it looks like the rockers are rising to take out the misfit governments and install further misfits as leader, worse than what cane before.